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Brandy Library

25 N. Moore St., New York, NY, 10013
at Varick St.
212-226-5545

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5
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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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57 out of 109 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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63 out of 114 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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60 out of 121 people found this review helpful.

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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73 out of 158 people found this review helpful.

Great drinks but rude and ignorant staff

By mattlarga on 2/16/2009

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

Brandy Library was my absolute favorite place in the city but staff getting more pretentious everyday made this place unbearable. I'm not planing on visiting this place again for a long time.

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90 out of 171 people found this review helpful.

Rare liquor; rude service

By xdfxdfxdf on 4/26/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

While the selection at the Brandy Library is undeniably good, the hospitality is inexcusably ungracious. There are other, more hospitable places to find MOST scotch. The rude bartenders can put a damper on an otherwise nice experience. Instead, go to Bar & Books for scotch or Pegu Club or Employees Only for cocktails.

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100 out of 184 people found this review helpful.

Perfection

By baldrick2 on 6/24/2009

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

I have never had anything but the most courteous service, sublime cocktails, and delectable treats at this one-of-a-kind place. Not great for large groups on a weekend, but with 5 or fewer, it's a wonderful destination for passing hours and hours. And I'm sorry mnmnyc, but wtf on the racist comments? Take it somewhere else.

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79 out of 172 people found this review helpful.

Dreadful

By CCBCJM on 8/10/2009

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

Shockingly rude--—to call the manager pretentious would be too much of a compliment--—he is downright vile. This place deserves to fail miserably as an establishment.

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85 out of 185 people found this review helpful.

Manager is a loser!

By cniki75 on 9/20/2009

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

Do not go to this place until they change the manager. This cheap suit wearing rude douche is on a high horse for no reason. Went with a party of six and they could not seat us even though there were hardly 7 people in the entire place. Great job man! Kick people out who are willing to drop a couple hundred bucks for overpriced drinks in a recession!! Where did the owner find this guy? He should be bagging groceries at Gristedes.

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101 out of 205 people found this review helpful.

STAY AWAY!

By JOLondon123 on 2/16/2010

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

One of the worst nights out I've ever had. These people have no idea what service means. The staff (not to mention the Manager) are extremely rude and unhelpful. I’ve never felt this uncomfortable in a bar before, and will never go there again.

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73 out of 153 people found this review helpful.

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