113 St. Marks Pl. , New York, NY, 10009
nr. First Ave.
By HomeCocktailGuy on 8/26/2015
So I was on a pilgrimage from the UK to visit this place, and read the negative reviews with dismay....I really hoped that my 'treat to myself' wouldn't spoil the positive impression I got of the bar from reading the cocktail book, and seeing Jim Meehan's Instagram My experience (no reservation, 8pm Weds night) was great I had to wait 30 minutes to get in, the lady was polite and came and found me in Crifs as my cell phone wasn't working I was on my own, and met a load of friendly people - including the bar man, who made EXCELLENT drinks - I had 4! - and the gourmet hot dogs went down a treat too The Perfect Manhattan I had here was the best I have ever tasted (it's my favourite cocktail)
By hward on 6/21/2015
I loved this place and took friends and family here for years but had the same bad experience as others above have cited. We had a hostess that was so rude, she has made me never want to visit here again. I could never risk going back after the encounter that I had with her after I had patiently waited and followed instructions regarding service. Thank goodness there are many other fab cocktail places like NoMad, Dutch Kills and the gem of gems The Dead Rabbit in NY that one never needs to fret!
By laurator on 6/5/2013
Please Don't Tell, better known as PDT to the regulars, is probably your most quintessential speakeasy on this list. This is the one place where not making a reservation will be almost impossible to get around (unless you come between 5pm-6pm during the week). So make a reservation! To enter, dial the number one on their payphone. Though a clever way to enter, it's still pretty obvious that the payphone serves as the entrance to PDT. This place will offer you one of the best cocktail experiences of your life. As your bartender gets to know you, he may suggest something to you off the menu. By combining two of my favorite things into one of the greatest drinks that is the Bacon-infused Bourbon cocktail ( yea, exactly), PDT now has me on an eternal leash. If you're hungry while on your date, go for their hot dogs. Yup, hot dogs. Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty....awesome. http://datemapps.com/
By JStugah on 5/4/2011
I cant lie, the drinks at PDT are still pretty good and have been over the years..but many MANY city lounges and mixologist spots have amazing drinks and atmospheres. Unfortunately PTD is continually losing its once great allure primarily due to a hostess who thinks she deserves a Royal wedding, and has absolutely no conscious sense of time or people. I am a lover of great cocktails, atmosphere, and people... and if they figure out a better way to run the door, PDT would be a much more enjoyable place to be.
By cat212 on 4/27/2011
You should treat your guest like guests! I went to PDT this past weekend and the hostess was so unbelievably rude! My party and I were shocked. I brought over a drink from the "other side"/crif dog, and I was not only scolded, but the drink was taken from me like a child.... The hostess put her hand out like was supposed to spit out my gum. I'm in the service business, and no matter if you're having a good day or not...NEVER TREAT YOUR GUESTS LIKE @#$%. Side not.... my drink was delicious and the place would be good if the hostess wasn't rude. Every staff member makes a huge difference...hire some goodies!
By Pandababe on 3/7/2011
This weekend my boyfriend and I met up with a good friend for an evening of food, drinks, and fun. He first called PDT around 6pm but they were already booked. So us 3 wandered around, got a few drinks, and then headed over. My friend popped into the phone booth, chatted with the lady on the other side and then came out. All full but they would call if they got an opening. We grabbed a drink across the street and about 30 min later we got the call. We walked right in and were seated at the bar. The staff were all polite. Not over the top bending over to kiss butt but polite. The bartender was nice, made suggestions and mixed the drinks amazingly. At one point my friend got a bit too animated and knocked his drink over. Right away the bartender cleaned it up and even poured him some more to replace it. Seems like if you're looking for a quiet quirky little place to drink, you'll love it. If you're looking for a typical bar where you can be loud and have the staff fawn over you, this isn't your place.
By nanaeagyeman on 2/28/2011
This place is cool. I bet all the bad reviews come from people that are either too drunk to realise that some places that sell alcohol also require some decorum, or don't know how to act in a bar that isn't the size of a football pitch. This is for groups of 4 (max) the cocktails are strong (speakeasy style), the mood is chilled and educative, and there's comfort food if you down your drink too quick. In a place this small, this far away from the tourist hell of Times Square, they wouldn't still be open if they weren't doing something right. A really good place to start your night.
By KeriH on 1/31/2011
I was very excited to go & chose to ignore the poor reviews; however was disappointed like many others. We booked a table for two, arrived on time and was then made to wait outside for 30 minutes after being told it would only be a 5 min wait. After asking (not for the first time) what was going on we were told we could sit in an empty booth (had been empty the whole time!) but would have to move once the table arrived . . . hello, what about the other people moving so we could have our reserved table! There was no apology & the staff really couldn't give a s**t. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME, THE PHONE BOOTH IS FUN BUT THE INSIDE & COCKTAIL LIST REALLY WASN'T THAT SPECIAL.
By susanestevens on 1/9/2011
We had a reservation and the girl called us. We were at the phone booth within 4 minutes but she took one look at me and said "gave your reservation away, too bad". I am just furious because we waited 1 hour for this reservation. I am in my early 40s. Don't bother going to this bar unless you are under 25. We had a baby sitter and everything for the date tonight. I can't tell you how upset I am!
By rhiannon49 on 1/5/2011
Like many, I brought a friend from out of town to experience this bar given it features in every guide book and website when searching for recommendations. We found the phone booth and as I entered excitedly, the door was whisked open by a stoney faced waitress. When I said to her "aw I didn't get to make the call" she looked disparagingly at me, sighed and said "It's really not that big of a deal". REALLY? That's funny because I was under the impression PDT had marketed itself specifically around this and in fact its whole raison d'Ãªtre is the fun in finding the booth and calling the bar for entry. Needless to say I will never return to this bar on principle. There are dozens of other fantastic bars around like the Simone Martini Bar.
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