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113 St. Marks Pl. , New York, NY, 10009
nr. First Ave.
never going back
By SLJ268 on 8/18/2009
I was lured here by the promise of bacon flavored bourbon, and yes, it was all it was promised to be. what I wasn't warned about was the bartender, who asked me to "keep my voice down" while I was having a political discussion with a friend at his bar. i guess the only thing you are allowed to say in more than a whisper is how great the bartender's vest is. at $13 a drink, this place is as pretentious as a speakeasy on st. mark's could possibly be. if you want to have a good time, AT A BAR, skip this place and the attitude that comes with it. it's not worth it.
Only recommended if you like rude staff
By nybbe09 on 8/12/2009
I have tried to get into PDT 4 times. Twice I have rung up to make a reservation and they have been fully booked. This was even when I rang 20 mins after they opened for reservations. The door and reservations staff are always rude and arrogant. One door staff told me to come back in half an hour . In the meantime, we had a hot dog. When I went back in 30 mins she yelled at me that we couldn't come in because we weren't on her waiting list (perhaps she should have written the details down?). Not recommended. Plenty of other nice bars in St Marks place without the attitude!
Please Don't Tell that it's not worth it
By RedGambler on 7/31/2009
When I called at 3:30 to make a reservation, they asked how many in my party and when I said 2, the girl stammered that they didn't have anything available tonight but I could come sit at the bar. I found it impossible to believe that a bar that's open from 6:00-2:00am and only takes same-day reservations at 3:00 had already filled every hour. When i arrived at 12:30 to try and walk in I was told they didn't have any room AS I stared over her shoulder at an empty booth. We waited an hour and when we checked back in- were told they were closed. As I sat in crif dog and had a hot dog to ease my frustration, I watched a stream of pop-collared frat guys, 21 year old hipsters, and dopey tourists pour out. I realized as someone who has worked in high end cocktail in NYC and actually knows a good martini- we probably would have been out of place any way.
Who's got the attitude?
By Gladysfromearth on 7/12/2009
We went last night (7/11/09) and found the girl at the door to be really friendly and helpful. In fact, one of the things we like most about the place was that the staff worked so hard to make our time in their "exclusive" establishment so comfortable. My cocktails were refreshing and unique. Loved it.
Please Don't waste your Time
By foodielady on 7/11/2009
Drinks were ok. Attitude from staff not worth it. I get the sense that the person at the front is instructed to be rude, to give the impression that the bar is so pretentious, we're not worthy of being there. It's not worth it. We were told that since we didn't have a reservation, we would have to wait 5-10 minutes until she figured out if she could accomodate us. There was NO ONE in the place and we wanted 1 drink. We said we'd be out in 20 minutes, and were told "it takes 20 minutes just to make the drinks." (It doesn't). After 2 minutes, we were given the blessing to come in, even though the place was still empty. No fun, not worth the hype, not giving them my $ again.
Attitude with a twist
By firsttimeinny on 4/20/2009
I have to agree with most of the comments. We went to NY for the first time to visit some friends. Loved PDT for the most part but the girl working the door was full of attitude along with the waitress. At one point my table burst in to laughter and the girl at the door turned to us and shhhhhed us. Dont shhhh me! Later they served me a drink with Gin and I asked for Vodka. I can tell the difference but the waitress said thats vodka and returned with new drink and an attitude with a twist. I wasnt being a jerk I just know my drink and they made a mistake. No need for the tud! It was your mistake. Other then that I thought the place was great! They need to axe that chick at the door though. She doesnt make you feel welcome the second you walk in the door and if you're reading this it was the girl at the door at 10pm on 15-April-2009. B**ch!
Not Worth the Hype
By chiz on 4/19/2009
Got to agree with other reviewers about the nasty attitude. The only novel thing is the entrance. It's downhill after that.
By lesfashionista on 3/31/2009
Great cocktails mixed with an awful attitude do not mix. One of the bartenders was absolutely rude and obnoxious. You are better off in any other place in east village.
By birchler25 on 3/12/2009
Who doesn't love wonderful drinks and hotdogs at 12:00am??? PDT was quiet and cozy and a great break from the City. Highly Recommend.
Way too much attitude
By emeraldlulu on 11/14/2008
Life is too short and this city is way too large for a doorkeep to have as much attitude as this girl did. No where does this place say you NEED reservations, so my suggestion is that they publish that fact at least somewhere - even on their website. The website says for reservations call...not reservations necessary or even recommended. And I wasn't even there on a weekend night. I have been in the industry a long time and I get so tired of pretentious people running a door, buying wine, cooking food, etc. There is absolutely no need for that. Food and beverages are supposed to be fun, not exclusive and snooty. As for fabulous cocktails, I will take my business back to Pegu Club or Little Branch. They are much nicer and infinitely less pretentious.
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