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453 W. 17th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Tenth Ave.
Discriminated and Pre-judged
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!
DO NOT PLAN AN EVENT HERE
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 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 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.
I would not recommend 1OAK
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.
This is not the 1 Oak you used to know.
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 DePretentious on 11/7/2010
This place cracks me up! First off, they have anywhere between 8 and 10 doormen to control the moderate-size crowd that forms outside--one skinnier guy makes the decision on who gets in primarily letting in all his friends and women with above D-size breasts or above 6 feet tall [I mean, I would do the same on the latter]. Once you have cleared the door, the only redeeming quality of the club is the music. The crowd is pretty unexciting, full of underaged and anorexic models or large-breasted prostitutes/wannabe pornstars [e.g., it was difficult not to stare at the blonde with a cutoff dress exposing her cleavage], so if that is your scene then you have found your place! The crowd inside does not justify the heavy door security since there was plenty of space even at the most crowded point of the night. Occasional celebrity sightings, but much cooler clubs if that is your forte! Many groups of people are clearly smoking pot or doing cocaine and the drinks are overpriced [you should drink before hand if you want to get drunk unless you plan to spend several hundreds of dollars to still be sober]. If you know someone personally or arrive early enough to avoid doorman antics, this place could be average, but otherwise, don't waste your time. The doorman makes decision based on his mood, and right after he adjusts his attitude, he could also use a makeover. Thank you 1 Oak for a very inadequate club experience. I will be sure to not return any time soon!
A club with poor customer service
By hsobigbird420 on 1/9/2011
Where has the customer service level gone in this city? The manager of this shift decided that questioning the bartenders Shaken Marguarita was the most horrible thing I could do and threatened to have me thrown out. If you see a 5'6" balding spikey haired blonde manager coming your way, run in the other direction. This fellow doesn't play around and if you upset him he will force you to leave the club. I apologized for questioning things as is my god given right and he response was that I was the kind of aggressive client they had no desire to cater to.
A NEW LOW
By KOC on 1/21/2008
This is a total cheeeese hut. 1 Joke prides itself as low-key, but it's overdone and stale. As expected it's all about financial workers and B&Ts just like every other club in the area. (I know because the traders from my company love it!) They make posseurs think they're getting in 'cuz they have style, but inside the waitresses swarm like strippers. BORING. Over before it's even started.
Same old, same old.
By sabrinah7 on 8/3/2008
If you're looking for a night club dark enough to hide insecurity and imperfections, and pricey enough to make the most level headed person cringe, then your mother ship has returned. It was easy enough to get in, but it should be since I'm actually of age, unlike the teenagers smoking pot in and outside the club. The music was the only redeeming quality, but it was lost for me. Standing in the middle of the dance floor, looking around at the middle-aged men fondling young new jersey girls listening to a mix of michael jackson's "thriller" and justin timberlake's "love stoned," I thought of the irony. Two songs looped together, one popular when half of the people in the club were getting their driver licenses and one a number one hit while the others were choosing colleges. But this is the life of the party, unfortunately they did it right. It's a club. But a club is a club is a club.
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