189 Chrystie St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
By MasonDixie on 5/18/2009
I arrived at the Box unaware that it would be an issue to get in. I knew it might be hard, but I was not expecting that 70's porn star haired guy at the door to be such a raging beast of a man. After looking us both up and down approx. 6 times, he proceeded to let in an older couple behind us. Others would arrive and he would shout, "they can come in but they have to pay!" whereas others would just roll in. Yes, I realize some of these people had table reservations, but others did not. He was just being an ass for the sake of being an ass. A nicer bouncer finally let us in (for free) only to discover the drinks were $19 apiece. Had some drunken high-rollers not invited us over to their table I would've peaced out within 30 minutes. Unbeknownst to me, I was roofied by some jackass at the table (I had 2 drinks total) and did not come to until the following afternoon. What a shady club. Now that I think about it, I have no desire to go back there. I give it a 2.
By LEH on 4/24/2009
Beware of criminal fraud - Absolute Horror - Avoid at all costs. This venue overcharged our tab, adding a completely fictional cost of $2000.00 to our bill. In addition to this insult, they attempted to show us a fraudulent menu that misrepresented the charges to which we agreed. We happily paid the $100 per person cover charge, as well as the exorbitant $225 per bottle for 3 bottles of recent vintage Moet and Chandon champagne. But when our bill arrived, it was well over $2500 dollars, far beyond either the cover charge or the price per bottle to which we agreed and to which the menu referenced. ' We argued with the waitress, who brought us a fraudulent menu pricing the Moet champagne at $600 per bottle. The menu that every person in our three-person party had examined earlier previously stated $250 per bottle. I will be filing a police report against the venue, and caution all potential customers to examine their tab closely. Beware fraudulent menus and pricing, demand that the price you agree to be the price you pay, and avoid the venue entirely if you want a pleasant and problem-free night out.
By sugardrop on 4/23/2009
I have been reading these jaded reviews and although hesitant, I could not help myself. I went for the first time a few months back and had a wonderful, exciting, sexy time with my girlfriends. Table was expensive but not so much more than the other nightclub in the city. With the box, we got an amazing, funny, sexy show - Staff was beautiful, energetic and friendly. Door was tough, but we were expecting that and dressed for the occassion. I have been back and it still met expectations. Great, unique, nyc place. - You will not find a similar or better experience.
By knickerninja on 11/12/2008
Yes it is pricey. Yes it is sooooo much fun! Show is great and my service was great. I've been back 2 times since but its not on my dollar. Food is damn good too for just side eats.
By akb on 5/30/2008
They changed the door staff a few months ago. The new guy at the door, Gaenz or however he spells his name has absolutely no idea what he's doing but thinks he's the greatest thing since sliced bread and unfortunately Simon doesn't seem to get that. Everyone is laughing at the guy, he doesn't know the right people and he's rude, neither work for a place where people spend at least $2K a table. People who can afford that on a regular basis are either fairly educated and expect to be treated politely at the very least, or they are culture-less nouveau rich. The former have started to stay away and now they are filling the place up with the latter. The place was great because it had a sexy "everything goes" family, almost swinger-club atmosphere to it which was its draw but when the door-guy starts to give deer-in-a-headlight stares to the regulars, the community aspect is lost and it becomes just another club, and for that it's way too expensive for what's left to play with. It's a shame.
By jazzphan74 on 4/4/2008
Super overpriced venue with an amateurish lame show that a 6 yr old could have produced better. Super rude and arrogant staff, and boiling inside. Who wants to sweat through their clothes all night? For the $3,000 I just spent, could I get some air conditioning? This place is trying create their version of old and artsy NYC, but they don't succeed on any level. One positive, I did like the space, albeit our private Hammerstein box ($1500) was tiny. If you want to see a real burlesque show, check out the Yard Dogs Road Show next time they hit NYC. Totally amazing stuff!!!
By EatMyB0X on 3/23/2008
Late Show: The host at the door was extremely RUDE!! They scan you up and down, make you wait outside even if you have a reservation. Unprofessional, and very cocky Staff! Been there before for a early show - Show itself was alright - something different. However the interior is disgusting, old smelly furniture and way over priced for such garbage performances. You come ready to have a good time, pay thousands for an over rated experience and yet they treat you like a second class citizen. If you have respect for yourself, save your self the time and money by NOT going to "thebox" .
By spacekid on 3/4/2008
I went there with my friends and I couldn't believe that i was in Manhattan. maybe I don't have a lot of experience of different cities but I was in love this space specially upstairs was secluded, private atmosphere and very nice. western/eastern/oriental/cabaret/sex/promiscuous....etc. i was giving score 10!! until I saw the SHOWZ.... with this amazing place I thought I was watching my uncle's home entertainment show with his FRIENDS. everything was very cheap, unorganized, drastic, I was a little bit shocked that they know how to use this space and promote but they have no taste for sense of art. and if you pay a lot of money for this you better go somewhere else. what I felt here was this place is for people who has money but no taste but still want to say where they went on Monday to his/her co-workers and friends "oh, I went to the Box last week" Be there to sit and feel. Go somewhere to see and enjoy. it's worth to go at least once for time travel.
By silviab7 on 2/27/2008
They stole my fur coat, I speak to the manager of BOX Xavier, he did nothing about it, BE CAREFUL DO NOT LEAVE YOUR COAT AT THE CHECK COAT, they are thief
By podi on 2/16/2008
I expected to see an erotic show that compares to those of Paris and Berlin. Balcony tables--$1500+drinks. There were rules about what to wear-Think Moulin Rouge and men in jackets. We were escorted upstairs to our table. Decor was fantastic: gaudy, crowded, and fun. Rules? None! Scene was jeans, hoodies and t-shirts - not one hot, chic couple to be found. The very cool and talented MC, the decor and the service turned out to be the only saving grace to a cheesy, no talent show. Example: a man who turns his butt to the audience and removes a tampon from it - disgusting. The acts in between this so-called erotica consisted of non-innovative magic shows, so-so musicians, etc. The best show (final act), called "The Porcelain Twins", we never saw because we suffered though performers bringing the audience to dance with them on stage forever. Left at 3:15. I have seen the finest of the finest and this is not Crazy Horse and not worth the price. This is just all hype and anyone who says that this is a first rate show has never been out of Staten Island!
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.