113 St. Marks Pl. , New York, NY, 10009
nr. First Ave.
By HHB on 1/3/2011
I was a little anxious after reading all the negative reviews. I had only been there once before and hadn't had that experience at all, but it was a long time ago, and figured things might have changed. I brought a friend from England here last night, and figured if it was bad, we'd just go somewhere else, no problem. But everything was fine. We actually got in a little early (we had a res), no one was rude, and the bartender was very nice and helpful. My friend is in no way a fashionista hipster, and was treated just as politely as anyone else. The woman at the door was cool and professional, not gushing with instant friendliness, and that's as it should be. I don't need her to be my new best friend, I needed her to do her job, and she did. I'm sure it's not all roses, no place is without its problems, but I think you bring your attitude with you, and get what you give. Come in and expect everyone to kiss your rear end, and you won't get far (that's good New York advice in general); come in and act normal and not like everyone's your darned slave, and you'll be just fine. The drinks were excellent, the food was good, and the service was good. What more do you want? Oh, and yes, the phone booth is fun. :)
By foodie1717 on 10/24/2010
This was the worst and most humiliating service I have ever experienced. After waiting for two hours for a seat we were called back only to be told that our seats were taken because we waited another 15 minutes in the line to get back in. The hostess then physically pushed us out by slamming the door into me. We've been there before. The drinks are good but be prepared to spend $100-150 for a party of two. There are much better places on St Marks. Save your patronage for a place that appreciates it.
By trevorejameseallen on 8/21/2010
Thursday was my boyfriends birthday and I tried to plan an evening at PDT. We had never gone and despite the warnings of rudeness on this site I went on with my plan to have friends meet us that evening for drinks. I tried calling several days in advance to get a reservation since a large group would be coming, but when you call a recorded message tells you that you can only make reservations at 3:00 PM on the day that you want to come in. I tried calling at 3:00 only to get a busy signal. When I finally did get to speak with someone at 4:15 I was told the reservations for the evening were filled, and that if I had 2 or 3 people in my party I could attempt walking in, but would most likely wait an hour. Bring at party of 10 people was out of the question. After changing the party to a new location at the last minute, a few people from the group still accidentally went to PDT first and told me later that evening that the woman at the door was incredibly rude. Some had even strong words to describe her. The place we DID end up going for the birthday festivities was called The House. It's on East 17th Street at Irving Place. The food and drinks were fabulous and Isabella, the hostess was lovely when I was scrambling to make a large party reservation the day of. PDT was a disappointment.
By RobertHP on 7/12/2010
Been going to this place for a couple of years now. Occasionally, like anywhere, there are mishaps (one night the front door person missed our name on the list). The woman at the door can be a bit cold, but she's answering that door literally hundreds of times a night. The booths are for parties larger than two - three to six. Of course you're going to run into problems with reservations for two, but you *can* make reservations at the bar. The daily reservations fill up quickly, because they also need to keep room for walk-ins, which I usually do and rarely have more than a 45-minute wait (time enough to get a beer two doors down, or dinner at Hummus). The drinks? Fantastic. Sublime. Creative. There is always something new to explore. And yes, they'll make you a vodka tonic if you ask nicely, but why waste precious time with something you can get at your corner Irish bar? Essentially, PDT is what you make of it. If your idea of a bar is shoulder-to-shoulder financial guys on a rooftop drinking something with Red Bull, and you can't keep your Blackberry in your pants, this place isn't for you. (It works the other way - I have a helluva time getting into STK or 230 Fifth since I don't speak Frat-Douche). If, on the other hand, you like quiet conversation over beautifully crafted drinks, the rules are there to make sure you have a nice time. Patience and friendliness go a long way in any of the Craft Cocktail / Speakeasy places.
By Mercy on 5/23/2010
Not sure if we are all going to the same place, but we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to PDT. We did get very lucky and had no wait, but it was also already midnight. The host was nothing but a gentleman. Very kind, professional, and not at all pretentious. Our waitress was sweet, knowledgeable and more than willing to help us decide on cocktails. Yes, there is a list of rules to follow- which I happened to have found very amusing and delightful! I had the Paddington, a perfectly citrus drink made with rum. My boyfriend had the Kansai Kick, very potent (as he says, "it was kicking"). We enjoyed the quietness and the lack of obnoxious patrons we sometimes encounter. Give it a try- don't think you'll be disappointed!
By DMonroe on 4/26/2010
On the second round of cocktails, a gentleman asks for a "champagne-based" & "fruit-type" cocktail. "Like a Bellini?" waiter suggests. "Yes, exactly, that would be perfect." Waiter then says, "I'm afraid we can't do that as we have no peach puree." Okay... Then how about substituting that with either Pomegranate (on their menu) or Passionfruit (also on their menu)? Customer perks up, but waiter says, "Absolutely not. They will not make that for you." Period, that's it. I was completely shocked. So, I calmly looked at him and said, "You have Passionfruit and Champagne, but we cannot have a Passionfruit Champagne Cocktail?" And he simply said, "No, they won't do it." Now, I have no idea who the current mixologists are there at the moment, or if Jim Meehan's still involved in what goes on here, but I was completely shocked that the waiter wouldn't even ASK the bartender if what the customer asked for specifically was even an option. Just a complete shut down, with no explanation, so we had no choice but to leave immediately. Waiter did not seem to mind one bit. A deeply, deeply embarrassing experience. There's a list of house rules for the place the first rule: Treat others as you would expect to be treated here. The waiter we had clearly needs to read this one over and over again, or try another profession that doesn't involve serving people in public.
By nightowl247 on 2/13/2010
I went to this place before it got so pretentious and really enjoyed it. Now the stuck up attitude is nauseating. Recently I tried to call for a reservation, the woman picked up the phone, barked "full!" and hung up before I could even take a breath. I would have liked to ask the hours for another evening. Courtesy would not have been out of order. Other bars can be decent, even with a lot more people to serve.
By ladyC on 2/12/2010
this is for this lady69 under me...... sweety you gotta learn how to deal with this type of bars and not rate 1 just because you didnt come in when you did not have a reservation... you are saying the bar was rude..but now you are being the rude one... next time just make a reservation and not just for this one but for the rest of the bars that you need it for..ooh and if the hostess didnt call you it was because they didnt have a spot for you yet!!!
By llady69 on 9/19/2009
Showed up at midnight, was told we could get a spot at the bar in an hour. Rude hostess took our number and we went back in an hour. We were told that we could not get in; in the meantime - hipsters kept going in and coming out with no reservation. BULLSHIT bar.
By MatthewJBarnard on 9/11/2009
The worst thing about PDT is getting in the door: you need to call and get a reservation if you plan to come and they are hard to get. For just two people though, sometimes you can get a spot at the bar if you just show up. The gimmick -the entrance is through the phone both at the hot dog shop next door - is amusing and the drinks are actually quite good; I strongly recommend their Gin & Tonic, made with homemade tonic syrup. The decor is a little different but pretty interesting (lots of wood and stuffed animal heads). All-in-all this is a fun place to come with two or three people to have a quiet drink and chat.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.