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Little Branch

20 Seventh Ave. South, New York, NY, 10014
at Leroy St.
212-929-4360

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7
"Recommended"

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65% would go back.

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HORRIBLE Customer Service.

By chameleonstyle on 11/21/2012

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

Went to Little Branch last night after work (7ish on a Tuesday). It was SO weird I couldnt believe it. Customer service at the Little Branch could use a major overhaul. Heres what happened: My friend got a table for 7pm, I ran a bit late from work (7:15) when I arrived at the door there was 1 girl ahead of me, but she didnt want to go into the bar, she was smoking & flirting with the door man. Which is fine, but when I walked up with my ID he YELLED at me to get on line around the corner. Um, there was no line. There was no one. So I went back up to him and told him my friend was inside and waiting, and I felt bad that I was late. He rolls his eyes and says "Ugh. Well you cant go in unless your 'friend' has a table" I replied "yes he has a table. i dont understand" so he rolls his eyes again and goes inside. He comes back out and says "yeah youre right youre friend has a table. But he has manners, hes not a bitch like you" HE CALLED ME A BITCH. Who does that? That was so nasty. I didnt know what to so I sort of laughed it off and went inside. The host gave me the SAME problem. "you cant come in unless you have a table. Who let you in?" and blocked me from walking in with his body. I said "my friend is at that table right behind you, can I please go to him?" and FINALLY I got to sit down. That Said: our waiter was awesome. He was super friendly and helped me pick a really great drink. But the way the door man and the host spoke to me are completely unacceptable.

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112 out of 191 people found this review helpful.

Great place!

By matthewblack on 12/3/2011

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

Great drinks- great atmosphere! Arrived here on a Friday night with a few friends and got a table near the band. Very intimate place and romantic dim lighting. My only complaint would be the music was a little loud and we had to shout a bit...

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97 out of 193 people found this review helpful.

Waitresses put the "cocky" in cocktail.

By Photochick on 10/9/2011

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

If you don't mind the major attitude from the cocktail waitresses, it's a nice place to go. They seem to really not want to be bothered with you. We were a party of 7. Spent quite a bit of money to be treated like we were bothering them to order more drinks. Cocktails were great though.

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131 out of 256 people found this review helpful.

One of the best cocktail experiences you'll have in Manhattan

By cthom526 on 1/16/2011

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

We stopped in just as they opened the door at 7PM on a Saturday night. We got a great booth in the very back and were waited on by a great and very nice waitress named Lucinda. We had some questions about the drinks and she sat down next to us and explained them all. Such nice service. The drinks were excellent as was the atmosphere. There were only candles lighting the space and the great jazz playing at low volume added a nice touch. A very special evening and I can't wait to come back with more friends. Visit this place for a memorable experience.

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143 out of 268 people found this review helpful.

Hidden Gem

By jfialkoff on 7/21/2010

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

I went there with no expectations and was blown away. I loved that it was tucked away and not too many people knew about it. It is a hidden gem. The cocktail menu may look small but dont worry, if you dont see something that interests you...just ask your waitress and she knows so many more. All I had to do was tell her "my spirit of choice" and then she made her reccomendation. Each cocktail was more uniqure and delicious than the rest. I would definitely recommend this bar!

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147 out of 273 people found this review helpful.

Best cocktails in Manhattan.

By temprakneeoh on 5/26/2010

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

Knocked on the door at 11:30pm. A very polite doorman opened the door and led my guest and I downstairs. Great place, nice atmosphere for a professional drinker. It was quite full in a good way; not too crowded, not too sparse. I told the bartender that it was my birthday and we were recommended to drop by. The bartender down the street told us to expect beautifully boozy and properly handcrafted libations of a high order. This is exactly what we got! Not only that but the apparently rude "half Asian girl" also mixed a few drinks for us, and what do ya know --not only was she incredibly friendly (and beautiful) but also very professional and quite the mixer in her own right. Bottom line: the drinks were absolutely top notch and the staff were beyond gracious and professional. I've been in this business long enough to know that "the one simple truth" is this; when customers bitch, nine times out of ten it's because they *are* bitches! ;) Do yourself a favour and get yourself drink at Little Branch. If you're denied entry, treated badly, ignored or removed.. you might be time to ask yourself a few questions.

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174 out of 310 people found this review helpful.

Good place gone bad!

By cheech on 11/9/2009

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

I have visited Little Branch for cocktails many times and have enjoyed it so much so that I decided to bring a group of girlfriends visiting from LA recently. It was such a rude experience from the door man to the manager that I will NEVER go back there again.

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206 out of 446 people found this review helpful.

For the true mixology enthusiast

By Veammn on 7/12/2009

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

Anyone complaining about the large blocks of ice in thier drinks is completely missing the point of this bar. This is not a place to get drunk. This is a place to enjoy well-crafted, artisanal cocktails made by bartenders who have truly mastered the art of mixology. The short wait to get inside is completely worth it (I went on a Saturday night and waited for only 5 minutes). The bar is never too crowded, no loud music plays over your conversation, and the staff is as polite as can be. This bar exists for its cocktails, and each is made to perfection. I began with a Dark and Stormy and instantly fell in love. I decided to see what else these masters could whip up. I ordered a Sazerac, a Sidecar, a Ramos Fizz (it was the single best Ramos Fizz I've had in my life). I apologized to the waitress for ordering so many drinks that weren't on the menu. Her response: "Oh, that's what we do here! The menu is merely suggestions." The only drawback is their cash only policy. I recommend this bar to anyone looking for a well-made cocktail.

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195 out of 403 people found this review helpful.

Beyond absurd

By uwsfoodfan on 4/5/2009

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

A friend is moving abroad, so we wanted a quality cocktail night out on Sat., April 4. She was already downstairs, so I told the tall, young doorman I was meeting her. He replied that there was a capacity issue and that I'd have to wait. She then came up and verified I was her date--to no avail. At that moment, 7 people left between us, and he said he'd have to check with management before anyone could enter. He explained he was subbing, as if no one should expect the EMT to perform brain surgery. I asked my friend to get her money back so we could leave. 3 other women on line left, disgusted. Then an Asian woman came up and asked for me by name. I joined my friend to finish up. Tables were full, the bar nearly empty. The place is a spare, dim, colorless room. Drinks were rushed at the bar, as was the waitress. By the time we left, the bar was full (capacity be damned!). Yes, the drinks were tasty, but the incompetent hospitality just makes the place irrelevant, especially at this point in time.

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191 out of 370 people found this review helpful.

Best

By JDALY on 12/5/2008

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

Amazing place if you like the perfect cocktail. Everyone from Bouncer to bartender are pros and are cordial. Drinks are amazing. Worth every penny and more. JD.

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