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189 Chrystie St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
Beware of "Reservations"
By MKWL on 12/10/2007
I made "reservations" at the box, including giving the place my credit card number for a $1,000 cover charge to get the names of my group of 6 onto the list, but when we arrived (prior to midnight, as instructed), we were told that our table had been given away already, since the place apparently over-books tables to be sure the place is full. Would have been nice if the reservationist had let us know ahead of time that "reservations" aren't really reservations. For the record, the girls I was with were very attractive and dressed well. If you decide to go, be sure you have back-up plans.
mistreatment by management
By spraycanartists on 11/3/2010
I recently attended the Box. I was escorted out for absolutely nothing with instructions that the manager wished to speak with me. I was left standing in the cold for nearly two hours. I was not disrespectful of the establishment in any way and was not rude to any of the patrons, I was not disorderly. I was simple plucked out because the manager Nov 02 2010, who never spoke with me and obviously felt mine was a night to ruin. I will not be recommending this place to my friends though I feel the performers are excellent. I am an internationally know successful entertainment business owner. I was in a custom suit and the door staff, who remained respectful, described me as one of the best dress persons at the club. I find my treatment by this manager apauling and rude. I intend on making it known that I was treated this way. While waiting for the manager to explain to me why I was expelled into the street I was molested by druggy. My disposable income will not be used to benefit this establishment hence forth.
girl in charge of the check coat room stole my fur coat
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
Do NOT block The Box...Fine + 2 Points (NOT Recommended)
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" .
The Box of Poop
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!!!
Fraudulent, criminal practices
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 dun on 6/4/2009
This was the worst experience in my life: boring and disgusting show, overpriced drinks and a table with air condition where we were just freezing cold. In total we paid 1,000 Dollars for just being angry about arrogance and incompetence. (I really was in shows around the world but this club honestly is the worst ever - but funny that they compare themselves with Moulin Rouge and further used the word burlesque to describe themselves. Tip to Richard Kimmel: why don't you look these words up before you use them! And: this "show": you can get in Hamburg on the Reeperbahn for 10 Bucks - believe me!)
AVOID THE BOX. RUDE STAFF AND A RIPOFF. NOT RECOMMENDED
By goldbergstein on 9/28/2010
We went to the box for a bachelor party. It cost 1600 for the group. We get to our table, which has no view of the stage. The seats actually face away from the stage, with a huge beam in front of 80% of the view. Staff was rude, deceptive and unaccomodating. A bunch of arrogant idiots running the place. Avoid.
By ayejay0601 on 4/19/2007
This place is overpriced and frankly...cheesy. It is a poor imitation of what could be of an older and more dignified tradition. There is no redeeming quality here. Even the drinks are pretty terrible...if you are in the neighborhood, there is a lot more genuine places around....
A big Box of Coal is what that place is
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.
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