40 W 40th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001840.752894 -73.983446
Monday: 5PM-12AM Tuesday-Wednesday: 5PM-1AM Thursday: 5PM-2AM Friday: 5PM-4AM Saturday: 10PM-4AM Sunday: Closed
Neighborhoods: Midtown South Central, Midtown
The best bar in mid-town! – I have been hearing great things about this bar from co-workers forever so I went last week and had an amazing time! It's really sexy and chill inside without being pretentious at all---the staff was unusually friendly and helpful and we felt taken care of from the minute we walked in. There's a ton of specialty drinks to choose from, including a happy hour list that we definitely took advantage of, and they had a DJ spinning that night who had the perfect mixture of "loungey" and upbeat music--while a little loud sometimes it made it feel like we really were escaping after a long work day. I liked that the crowd was full of professionals like us and I could see why--with all the bars around this one stands out as a perfect balance of relaxing lounge and busy bar all in one. I'm a new regular for sure!
Way too crowded – I went here Friday night and it was the worst! I didn't have to waint in a line or anything, but when I got there, I could barely move. I was stuck up against a wall, forced to push my way through people, stepping on toes to get to the bar. Needless to say, because it was so packed, it was ridiculously humid and not good for my hairstyle.
The place looked really cool and the drink prices were average for the city, but I felt like I was back at the Jersey Shore, constantly bombarded by fist punping guidos. I thought all the Benny's were in Belmar this time of year. I won't be going back.
I have been to Cellar Bar so many times over the years. It has always been a classic place. Last Friday I celebrated my roommate's birthday. The doorguy was really nice in making sure all of our friends got in. The music was AMAZING. We stayed almost til closing. Thanks again for making it happen!
Located inside the Bryant Park Hotel, this is one of the loveliest boites in midtown. – The Scene
Romantic nightspots sometimes scorch the eye with an abundance of reds and velvets. Cellar Bar, decorated with white-tiled, vaulted ceilings and tapioca loveseats, is cooler than that. The cavernous, descending bar is a warm-weather beauty.
Fashionable couples and sly singles--see the excellent sight lines--throw back lawn drinks like the Citrus Cooler and Cellar Sling (served with a candied black cherry garnish) from smart-looking highballs. Lobster spring rolls and a voluptuous take on knishes, among other luxuriant snacks, lead into bravura desserts such as the lemon mousse and poppy seed tart.
HOT... HOT ...HOT.. Spot ! – Went there on a Saturday night to celebrate a friends B-Day and let me just say that his place is HOTTTT ! I read the reviews and was expecting a not so exciting night. I was told it was very very very trendy and that sometimes the bouncers would give you a hard time at the door... SOOO NOT THE CASE !! I arrived around 11pm, there was a small line but the bouncer let us walk right in, the music was HOTTTT a nice mix of everything (I usually go to latin spots so I was alilttle hesitant) the service was GREATTTT, they kept on checking on us and were very polite. GREAT atmosphere, nice place... will defenitely go there again !! BUTTTT I do agree it was alittle pricey but its worth it since there is no cover !!
cool atmosphere, decent specialty cocktails – Went the other night with a colleague from the office. If you arrive early (5:30pm on a weeknight), you easily can get a table or seat at the bar, which is perfect for people watching when the place starts to fill around 7. Server was pleasant, great music and cool atmosphere. Specialty cocktail menu was just OK (too many sweet/fruity options) but they have all the standards. I'll be back.
Snooty on the outside, party in the inside – Went there on a Friday night. The bouncer gave us the impression this was some fancy super uptight place by making our group wait for our GIRL friend before he let us all in. But the crowd inside was cool and energetic and having a good time. Drinks were expensive, but the decor (high vaulted ceilings) and music (we went there on a friend's recommendation who said the music was good, she was right) made up for it. I'd def go back...but make sure you're tipsy first if you don't want to empty your wallet on drinks.
too arrogant – we had six people who were ordering drinks and they came by and told us to close out our tab because there might be a table reservation coming. fine. closed it out. then the waitress never came back. flagged down a barback who told us we had to go to the bar to get drinks. fine. whatever. this place is definitely trying to be better than it is -- obviously a case of disillusionment for the bar. it's an okay place but the crowd is a mix of hip and not so hip and definitely not nice enough to justify the hipper-than-thou attitude of the service people at this bar. the service people should remember -- they are SERVICE people not the clients. a word of advice to the bar -- if you're going to put up this much attitude, you need to have something to back it up -- not just a wannabe attitude that upsets clients. btw, i don't know why this place shows a five star review on citysearch -- maybe that's the editor's rating? if so, given that thus far more than half the reviews are three stars or below, this editor obviously has not taken into account any service rating when rating this bar.
Pretentious – My friends and I went here around 9pm on a Saturday. The bouncer told us to get in line, behind NO ONE. We obliged and stood behind the rope. After carding us all, another man told us that we could not go in. The people who got in line behind us were easily welcomed in without a reservation. This was the excuse they gave my party of 6. We are not a rowdy bunch and we were stopping in for a glass of wine, or two ;) Save your money and go elsewhere!!!! If the bouncers were so rude, imagine the staff?
bryany park hotel bar – cool place below koi the restaurant. expensive
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