This venue is closed.
Originally a speakeasy named after regular customer Meyer Lansky, Lansky Lounge has evolved from a small art deco space occupying one-third of Ratner's—the Lower East Side's kosher-dairy eating institution—to a swanky 200-plus-capacity supper club boasting a full dinner menu (sans the special "K" denotation). Slip through a narrow alleyway and up a small set of stairs to enter Lansky through the original front space, now a bar/lounge area decorated with framed photos of Lansky himself. A renovated dining room lies on the other side of the swinging double-doors. On Friday and Saturday nights, tables are cleared away, inviting the mostly white, twenty- and thirtysomething uptowners and out-of-towners to "unofficially" dance.Extra
Lansky Lounge's official slogan reads "See you at the back door!" It refers to the lounge's spooky, back-alley entrance on Norfolk Street—once extremely hard to find until a red-neon "L" was installed, along with two shady, pimped-out doormen whose actual function (chatting up women') is unclear.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.