18 Ninth Ave., 14th fl., New York, NY, 10014
at 13th St.
By jamesviola79 on 10/25/2007
After reading this magazine's review I was sceptical about this place (it's hard to put a positive spin on the terms "over-priced", "hellishly crowded" or "unbearable"). Arriving on a Friday night I expected to find a sweaty crowd jostling amidst thudding techno, so imagine my surprise to find the bar half-empty and the Pretenders playing. However, I'm sure Chrissie Hynde would have been as outraged as I was when my $16 glass of Champagne arrived in a PLASTIC CHAMPAGNE FLUTE. After which I struggled to take the place seriously. Nice views though.
By 18boobookitty on 6/14/2007
I stayed at Gansevoort last weekend. Great hotel. Nice attitudes everywhere. We went to Plunge around 7pm for a few drinks before having dinner downstairs in Ono...which was fantastic. (sit upstairs in mezzanine if possible) Drinks were expectedly expensive. View was fantastic. Nice music at a nice level so we could still hold a conversation. Seating was perfect. crowd was not as trendy that early obviously ( but this crowd didn't wait around the corner in line half of the night either). Bartenders were friendly. Glounge down stairs is nice too, although late at night ( when we went) it was obviously crowded. Great service.
By chocolateapple on 6/13/2007
This place is one of my favourite bars in Manhattan. Okay, admittedly, on nights when there are more people, service gets a little spotty and it's hard to find a place to sit, but hey, isn't that every club in New York from thursday through saturday?! The space is beautifully designed, the drinks are not at the same price points as dive bar (obviously!) but the selection (I'm a whiskey gal) is pretty good and yes, there are too many try-too-hards there at times, but if you go any night from sunday through thursday, the crowd is very chill, the music is good and the service is less crappy. It's all a matter of timing, people.
By nyc_divo on 3/7/2007
I agree with "thebooch" on one thing, skipping the massive line. You should look for the Itailan fellow, Sal, I believe his name is, and tip him heavily in order to skip the line. I went up to a very hot, tall blonde gentleman with a crisp $100 in my hand and said, "I believe I'm on the guest list!", only to be told to wait on the line. I was then thanked for the gesture...but reassured it will be a short wait. Thanks, hot blonde guy but I think I'll try something else. I then went to Sal, who was standing just off to the side and after a quick "handshake", I was let promtly up. While checking my coat I ran into Richard Branson, and I saw a few Knicks players, and celebs up there (Jeremy Piven, was stumbling around with drink in hand). The view was great, the drinks strong, and the staff friendly. My only complaint was the wait to get downstairs. It took around five minutes for an elevator to get up stairs. But other than that it was a great night. A definite spot to check out!
By thebooch on 1/2/2007
On Saturday night, myself and my Girl, and her Brother walked into Plunge. We were allowed in once we tipped the doorman heavily (which is fine, since there was a line, and I am not new on how to get past the rope). Once upstairs, we were treated to rudeness of an extreme measure. When we attempted to rectify a billing dispute, it took going through no less than three levels of management to get to someone to let us finish a sentence. I would have liked to actually see the bar and the view, but we left within 15 minutes (and -$90). I understand the area and I expected so much more. The mixed drinks were horrible, and $10 for a short-pour beer in a plastic cup from staff that clearly resented my presence? Unacceptable! From the attitude we all got that night, I highly doubt that this is an isolated incident; It appeared they are pros at it. I was already out $500 for dinner, and was on my way to spend that much more for the rest of the night. Too bad it wasn't (and will not be) at Plunge.
By the_hey_man on 12/15/2006
Went and had a drink here on a Monday night around 11:30pm. The hotel was dead but very chic; and the bar itself is pretty unique. Service was slow despite a thin crowd, and I can't really comment on the quality of drinks because it's easy to make a good Ketel Red Bull. The views from outside are amazing...and the location is great too. By the time we left the bar had started to fill up, but still wasn't too packed.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.