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230 Fifth Ave., 20th fl., New York, NY, 10001
at 27th St.
By ginaknowssheishot123 on 12/29/2011
Came up to 230 Fifth with the recommendation from a guy at the hotel since the bar at Hotel Gansevoort was closed. Nondescript building front, and looks like you're just entering a large apartment until the front desk guy comes over to take a looksy at your ID and tells you to proceed straight on to the elevators. Wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it is what it is. Up the elevator we go and we enter in a dark lit room with a bar in the back. We go upstairs and then through a hall that was lined with single restrooms- and then that led us to the rooftop. Gigantic umbrellas lined the sides that could fit maybe 20-30 people under each. The night I went it was raining so the crowd was sparse and everyone was sitting in the dry areas. The cocktails were pricy but tasty and strong. It would be great to come on a dry night but from what I saw on that rainy evening, I liked Food tasted fresh and service was friendly even in the rain
Holiday Decorations are beautiful
By cheffbooty on 12/28/2011
I must say i was very impressed with the way they decorated this Bar. They have two huge trees, great lighting all over the rooftop. PINK ELEPHANT HELLO . Yes they have a PINK elephant on the rooftop lol drinks are great, service a bit relaxed but friendly. Food , fries, burger, calamari , chicken strips all tasted really fresh and came out fast. The view is the draw the people watching is very entertaining. The decor of the inside blah outside is where its at. if you have never been you are def missing a NY experience. If you like it come back but 100% if your visiting or live in the city a must to see atleast once.
heaters and hot drinks
By fishingjosh123 on 12/28/2011
Love the way they decorated the place for the holidays. Lights everywhere, more heaters on the rooftop to keep anyone warm on a cold evening. These lovely red robes are you kidding me! robes are amazing / snuggies. So romantic to make out with the view in the background. Boy friend loved it! and ofcourse a must show off to all NY visitors in town. They will be very impressed with the place.
By fishingjosh123 on 12/28/2011
ROOFTOP BAR, beautiful view of the empire state building & Chrysler, & NO COVER CHARGE? what more could you ask for they've got a downstairs lounge area with HUGE WINDOWS & views in addition to the rooftop which is only HALF covered by a patio. if its too cold out, they loan you red robes!!! my only gripe about this bar is theres NO DANCE FLOOR for the great songs the dj was dropping?! people just dance in the walkways between tables & at their tables (so i guess it drives you to get table service, but we didnt) THE CROWD? i'd say is on the older side a wonderful place to bring out-of-town guests!!
Pushy and Pretentious - $250 bottle REQUIRED
By Lacritique on 12/1/2011
Since when you could you not even have a SEAT at a bar without being required to spend $250 minimum on a bottle? Well that's the deal at 230 Fifth and they push until you get up. You can stand room only at the bar if you prefer not to spend the $250. My girlfriend talked her way into a table till the rest of us arrived and we were harassed at every round. Since when was buying $15 drinks for each person in a party of five not enough for a waitress or venue to make money? But yep, that's the deal. All while listening to not so hip music with not so high fidelity sound. The views are great, but if you want to enjoy them you better buy bottles. I tried to get a table that was empty for hours and the waitress kept telling me "I have to keep it available" even after I offered to get up if she sold it. I left after 2 and she still hadn't sold it...I don't think she sold it all night. There were other empty tables as well. Since when is it not good business sense to use the real-estate for some thirsty patrons rather than leave it vacant?! Duh! Maybe we would've bought a bottle if we could sit there gettin' lit and spending $15 per drink for at least a couple rounds!! Can I say DUH again?! I'll never recommend or go back!
Rude and inconsiderate
By Maria73 on 11/30/2011
I went there early in the evening on Saturday with a couple of friends. I had been there for drinks before, and I remembered having ordered drinks from the bar, so that is what I did. Shortly afterwards a hostess asked us to leave the table because we should have ordered our drinks from her. I apologized and explained my mistake, but she insisted that we should leave and took us to a dark and unheated area where nobody else was sitting. I asked her whether we could stay in a nicer place, and she said that we could stand at the bar (also unheated, and equally empty). I was feeling bad for my friends because they were tired and needed to sit down, so I went up to one of the managers and explained what had happened. I admitted it had been an honest mistake, but he was inflexible. Instead of doing the dencent thing, which would have been allowing us to sit down until we finished our drinks and then order more from our hostess (there were still several empty tables), he insisted that we would have to stand in the cold until we finished the drinks we had ordered from the bar. We felt like children who were being punished for bad behaviour, it was very humiliating. We eventually agreed to sit down in the unheated area because my friends needed to rest, but as soon as we finished our drinks we decided to leave and spend our money elsewhere. My guess is that they want to weed out tourists and attract a fancier crowd, but that is no excuse for such inconsiderate behaviour.
Great night out!
By svernisie on 8/2/2011
One of the best rooftop bars I've been to. It's absolutely spacious, has a FANTASTIC view of the Empire State Building and other Manhattan beauties, and the service was great. You can choose to stand by the bar, or have a cocktail server come and grab drinks for you at the seating area. Highly recommended for any event - first date, girls night out, and the cocktail server even told me it's very romantic in the winter (rooftop bar open year round? They give out snuggies!). Can't wait to go back again.
love this place
By donna2585 on 5/3/2011
Love this place. + no cover + free coat check + huge roof deck with stunning views + plush red SNUGGIES available on said roof deck for chilly nights (have another drink and ignore your inner hypochondriac) + strong drinks + surprisingly not snobby - $12-15 drinks... I guess that's expected - DJs are good, but not great
By michael4532 on 4/29/2011
I love to take out-of-towners here. It's a nice place to have a celebration too. If price is not an option, and/or you got yourself someone to pick up the bill, 230 Fifth is a New York experience without the touristy part. I have never been here on a weekend night or at "hot" times, but I can only imagine - the daytime/weeknight cranked up - I know better :) The food really depends on the dish, I love the Short Rib Beef Rendang. It is absolutely delicious. You can even have an enjoyable brunch here. The view is stupendous and could really make a good night/weekend. This place is what Manhattan does best - wowing to no end. It is worth a visit, undoubtedly, even for one overpriced drink.
By hipsterkate on 4/27/2011
Sunday evening. Beautiful weather - 80 degrees. Rooftop lounge with oh-so spectacular views of Manhattan. Casual yet classy. All this just makes me super happy! I didn't go on a Saturday night, so we easily found a table. The service was good and the atmosphere relaxing. I noticed some people in shorts and some in party wear and I liked the mixture. I can totally see myself in this place again for a chilled out conversation with friends, while sipping some wine. I was told that on weekends they do enforce their dress code. No hats, shorts, t shirts, baggy jeans etc. But very casual on a Sunday! Cons: Expensive drinks
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