453 W. 17th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Tenth Ave.
By Prime on 2/14/2009
As inevitably happens, it looks like things have moved on. Getting past the door is a cinch, even for people who aren't me. This place is full of B&T kiddies and haggard bankers attempting to flash what's left of their dwindling cash. The music is HORRIBLE these days. It's way too loud and the dj can't mix to save his life. The waitresses are also considerably less fine than they used to be. All this in fashion week no less. Ugh. The design of the place is still great but it could use new management with a better black book to revitalize it. Until that happens, avoid it like the plague.
By PEPE1234 on 1/18/2013
We came from Sydney for xmas / NYE 2012 and went to 1OAK for our New Years celebrations. We got there at 11pm and the crowd was so overly drunk. A little after we took our seats and were served our drinks, two men at the table opposite us started to vomit into carafe and drinking glasswear. When we asked the table staff if they could leave the response was "no, they've paid to be here so they can stay as long they like". I feel as we also paid to be there this was totally unacceptable along with poor hygiene for the surrounding guests.
By shaneB on 1/9/2011
Of couse I want to hang out and have a good time, but I can't do that when any protest to the service I'm getting is met with angry reactions and threats. These guys clearly don't care about you unless you've been on the cover of US Weekly so unless you're the lowest maintenance person in the world, don't bother going.
By JNY00 on 12/12/2009
1Oak -- notwithstanding its continual decline in worth -- maintains probably the douchiest crew at the door. I did not sufficiently "move" when asked, which irritated one of the bouncers, who then said "try to get the attention of the host". Even though my friend got bottle service inside, the host ignored me. No bouncer, no one would acknowledge me. Because I did not move two feet. On the sidewalk. Like I said, douches. I spend most of my time at the top clubs in NY -- kiss n fly, pink, etc, -- this club is a complete waste of time.
By starah on 4/6/2009
We planned a party (bachelorette, no less) at 1 Oak. We decided on this club because they assured us we would not have a hard time getting our whole party in if we were dressed appropriately. We confirmed this detail, as well as the general party, multiple times. Yet, we showed up (dressed tastefully with nary a boa or tiara among us), and were not only all denied admission, but the doorman claimed our reservation didn't exist. This was blatantly untrue, as the first person we spoke with that night was clearly expecting us. They could have easily told us to go elsewhere, but they had us come so they could deny us admission in front of the 5 other people in line. Thanks, 1 Oak, for ruining my friend's only bachelorette party. Bottom line: DON'T PLAN AN EVENT HERE UNLESS YOU DON'T CARE IF THE EVENT ACTUALLY HAPPENS.
By Educat on 9/19/2012
I am an educated African American female with a Bachelors Degree. Born and raised in New York City. I have never been so boldly discriminated and humiliated. I waited as the first person online for a celebrity event with no reservation or guestlist accomodation. I watched the slim Caucasian "doorman" turn people away. Three Caucasian Australian men came. They agreed to pay for 2 bottles for $1000, & to bring me & a Caucasian female into the club. None of us knew each other prior or had any reservations, we were all just looking to have a good time. The door men called the manager or owner to the door to speak with the 3 guys about bottle service, however, just before the manager went in, the doorman, whispered something to the manger. The manager kept saying "why you didn't tell me that before?" Finally the security allowed the group of Caucasians to enter and I was turned away. I politely asked them why and told them that was discrimination. It might not be a color discrimination, but I was definitely discriminated against for one reason or another. I was never rude or disorderly. I just find it funny because, when I questioned their actions. The doorman asked was I buying bottles. I said "we were all in the same boat, and it was agreed, I could accompany the group." The security told me it is the doorman's job to discriminate. Woww! It's even more hilarious because I live on the Upper Eastside. The rent in my neighborhood is probably more than their employee salary!
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.