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Brandy Library

25 N. Moore St., New York, NY, 10013
at Varick St.

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You can't buy class, but you can drink in it!

By Kevinkirsten on 1/18/2009

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

Yes, it is a touch pricey, but this may be the only truly sophisticated bar in Manhattan. I don't just mean pricey or full of eye candy but a relaxed, cordial yet sophisticated establishment. The staff REALLY know their liquor. The selection is Legion..even dating back to 19th century! The food and nibbles are divine (well the owner is French). A Great place to entertain, great for a date or a special celebration and ideal for an hour of your own company too. The measures are generous and the staff are warm and friendly. Just because a few 25 year old (now unemployed) Hedge-fund monkeys got asked to leave ad went home and wrote the other review, should not put you off. They will preserve the atmosphere at all costs. Pure class, now go study!

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75 out of 161 people found this review helpful.

pretentious place with awful rude service and overpriced menu

By mnmnyc on 11/27/2008

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

Food : appetizers size, bad and overpriced. Drinks : good selection but overpriced too. Service: rude !!!!! and offensive ( especially from those "New Delhi"-looking hosts and managers). Overall experience for your big $$$: very unpleasant!

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61 out of 122 people found this review helpful.

Amazing election of fine and rare whiskeys and brandy's

By vermontbear on 9/7/2008

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

With seletions of rare american whiskeys you'll doubtfully find anywhere else like Wild Turkey's rich, lush and "out of print" American Spirit this place is amazing. Their master mixologist, served one of the best old fashioned this whiskey lover ever had at any price. Pricy but a cool, classy place to wow yourslef or a date. Lot's of great cognacs too if that's your thing. Only open after 4:00PM.

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66 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

Rude and Pretentious Manager Makes for Horrible Experience

By jadf7980 on 8/4/2008

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

I recently had the worst experience at Brandy Library, and although I have been several times in the past, I will never go back. I booked a table for a birthday party sat. night for 7 people, and was promised a table downstairs, and was told the bar would be accomodating with regards to how many people showed up. When we arrived, they instead seated us upstairs at a table that barely fit 4 people, saying that they had booked a private party downstairs. We never received any call from them informing us of this change. When our friends started showing up, we turned out to have a party of 9, since some people had brought friends, unexpectedly. We were immediately told that we had "exceeded our numbers" and that this was a problem. The manager was extremely rude and unaccomodating and basically asked our party to leave. I have never experienced such nasty and unacommodating behavior at any bar in NYC. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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58 out of 110 people found this review helpful.

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