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B Bar & Grill

40 E. 4th St., New York, NY, 10003
at Bowery
212-475-2220

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4
"Not Recommended"

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40% would go back.

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Rude Staff, Incomprehensible Policies

By stuyman on 4/23/2013

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I'll keep this simple-- the staff is incredibly unfriendly. They have some policy that you're required to put down a credit card to sit at an outdoor table-- and then they tell you that every single person sitting at a table needs to order drinks and food. If one person chooses not to, they're forcibly removed. It's a shame, because it could be a nice place if they treated customers like human beings.

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27 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

A garden, stylish patrons, good food, nice staff--what's not to like?

By bookish1 on 4/21/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love New York's garden restaurants. They're a relief from my claustrophobic apartment, street traffic, crowds, and sidewalks blocked with garbage bags. I went here last night when I couldn't get in to NYU's emerging writers series at nearby KGB Bar; there are too many writers in this city. On my way home I looked into the garden as I passed by. It was cool and still early in the evening. The restaurant was moderately busy, without the lines I usually see on my walk to KGB Bar readings. I wanted to sit in the garden. It would be my first time there. I didn't know how it would turn out. I remembered the negative reviews on this site, calling it a place for 'the bridge and tunnel crowd'. I didn't see any grease monkeys; it was dark but not gloomy. The hostess gave me a very nice table for four in the garden, even though I was alone. I had a grilled salmon dinner for $20, which I would order again, and enjoyed a good book with a glass of Cabernet. My evening was a success after all. The garden has a smoking section, which made drinkers from the outdoor bar happy. The indoor dining room is nice too, with both formal tables and booths and an indoor bar. And I didn't notice any music. I can't stand music in restaurants. My only concern was the breeze, which blew smoke my way, but I got up and moved to another table without any fuss and the air was fine. I loved this place. I would go again. My friends in publishing would love it.

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46 out of 89 people found this review helpful.

Nice crowd and friendly bartenders

By FASHiONiSTAkatie on 5/20/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went there with three of my girlfriends on a Friday night, and actually had a blast! The people were friendly and the bartenders gave us each a drink and a shot on the house. Nice crowd, and the girl to guy ratio is pretty great (if you are a girl), the bouncers were nice and let us right in. Loved the outdoor area. We arrived around 11:30 p.m. and left around 4:15 a.m. We had a great time!

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50 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

If you like being turned away at the door

By ajcnyc on 5/16/2011

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I used to actually like this place. They have a lot of space, solid atmosphere and the prices aren't terrible. Sounds like a pretty decent place, right? All that being said B-Bar seems to have instilled a new era of no men allowed beyond their gates. Gentleman, if your group does not consist of at least 5 girls, do not bother going here. Even if you're going inside to MEET other girls you know, forget about it. B-Bar and Grill, let me repeat that, B-BAR and GRILL, seems to fancy itself a hip, trendy and upscale lounge that is filled with the hottest and most popular of individuals. However, upon entering B-Bar (if you can actually get inside) you'll see that it's usually fairly empty and their new policy seems to be more about turning away paying customers. This wouldn't be such an issue if the bouncers their weren't also complete jerks about the policy. This isn't Marquee or the 21 Club, you can't really afford to turn people away when the phrase "bar and grill" is in your name. My friends and I have actually made it a point to never go here again. Not worth your time.

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59 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

BAD service, highly unprofessional staff in charge

By StarsMystery on 5/8/2011

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

My friend of 15 years and 20 close classy friends decided to celebrate her birthday at B-Bar. When we seated ourselves and naturally moved 3 tables together - a waiter seemed to have a panic attack saying we were not allowed to move tables, and when asked why he just kept repeating the same line like a parrot not providing a reasonable explanation. A minute into it, he gave up and ran to call his "supervisor" - a female with a very unprofessional attitude to tell us that if we don't like their policy we are free to leave, without even trying to first be courteous. Most of us in the group are from customer service related fields, and are successful in our careers because we know the value of having 20 customers walk through the door ready to lay out money. The "manager" was rude, short handed and just kept repeating we should leave even when we asked why can't we sit at three different tables (back at their position) and pay for our dinner and drinks in three separate checks. (At this point I expressed my dissatisfaction) and she proceeded to get her own superior who simply told us to leave without asking what went wrong. It took the diplomacy of our hottest blond to convince him to listen before just tossing our business. We stayed only because it was becoming too late and we were too hungry to search another spot. The waiter and bar service was rude and totally wrong. The food is okay. The bus boy with long hair was very nice and had amazing long hair :)

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49 out of 108 people found this review helpful.

Lame scene & overcharged my credit card

By bb10065 on 3/20/2011

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Got a $50 charge on my card after signing an $18 check for two drinks (which included a $4 tip). The bartender was slow in taking orders and I didn't appreciate the extra $32 they added to my bill. This place isn't worth the trouble and I won't be going back.

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62 out of 108 people found this review helpful.

re: worst bar

By patbradley on 1/7/2011

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

common sense: don't go to a bar with 20 people on your birthday. unless you're having a private party there.

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49 out of 106 people found this review helpful.

worst bar in nyc

By arin83 on 8/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

who would want to waste their time waiting in line to pay for RIDICULOUSLY over priced drinks ( $10 for a bottle of beer and $13 for a well cocktail... watch that the bartenders don't overcharge you either) and obnoxious bouncers who yell at you to sit down, don't stand there, etc. We had a group of 20+ go for a birthday party and the staff made it feel like it was a privilege to be there, when they should have been the ones to be appreciative of our business. I would not recommend wasting your time or money at this bar when there are plenty of finer establishments in Manhattan with cheaper drinks, pleasant employees and better looking people.

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91 out of 176 people found this review helpful.

just don't

By Lauren Berger (NY MAG) on 9/18/2006

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

aside from the pleasant outdoor patio set-up, i can't think of one reason why bar-hoppers keep going back. i was roped into going by a couple of friends who now share my not-so-fond opinion. Insanely over-priced drinks, obnoxious bartenders (one who over-charged my friend by $15), and a group of the most bored patrons you will ever see .

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432 out of 1047 people found this review helpful.

Nice in the spring/summer

By vivi on 2/4/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Great space, great food, nice looking crowd, nice outdoor area as well. I definitely recomend it.

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609 out of 1018 people found this review helpful.

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