Opal

(212) 593-4321 | View Website

251 E 52nd St, New York, NY | Directions   10022

40.756339 -73.967834

Open Hours

Daily, noon-4am

 
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Bar & Pub Special Features: Bar Food

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown East

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Menu
Nachos, Quesadella, Chicken Strips & French Fries, Mozzarella Sticks, Steamed Edamame, Steamed or Fried Dumplings, Hummus Platter, Fried Calamari, Cajun Popcorn Shrimp, Cocunut crusted shrimp... more

Reviews for Opal

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

"HHHmmmm Am I In The "TWILIGHT ZOOONNNEEE"!!! – Well, o.k., being the world traveler, living in numerous cities internationally and being the fact that I'm a native new yorker,... "You Can Not Get Over On Me...!!!!"

Now, here's how I deal with people on a 1 to 1 basis, you respect me, I respect you back, "you disrespect me and you will feel the wrath of Khan"...!!!

So I'm with my friend whom also is a world traveler and I'm saying this to you reading this review because it's important that you know that myself and my friend, "OWNERS OF OUR OWN BUSINESSES" know how to treat customers and we know how to deal with a potential client.

So with this said, "now we are at OPAL after 6ish kinda like 7 or so, and, we are in the room where it's the club part with the bar, he orders a stella and I order a Guiness. Now you have to know that by being native new yorkers and travel, that we know when beer, wine or premium drinks do not taste right and in this case this was the case. First, he drinks his drink but not normally, he keeps taking this little sips.... and then finally, I ask what is up...??, and he says, "hey man, this Stella draft taste not good at all, and I think there beer line is dirty, so I take a sip of his beer and it was like "AWFUL"...!!!, so I said, o.k., lets go into the main room, because in the club room it was noisy, packed and they had 2 bartenders barely paying attention to us.

So in the next room, "the main entrance room" i walk up to the bartender and without a word, she rolled her eyes and sucked her teeth," """!!!!!! daaammnn !!!!!!!!""" , "I mean if I would have known what was about to happen to me I would have left the bar. But freak that, I've lived long enough to know that new york is made up of nothing but the concern of MONEY...!!!, so I explained what happened and she rudely just walked away, but I yelled, "Listen, "I"M NOT GOING ANYWHERE YOU RUDE CHIC"s """""!!!! "Now I want another beer from your line, the same one and make that s--t fast and make it now...!!!"

So with this crazy psycho attitude she made the drink fast and walked away, and I said, "YOUR DAMN RIGHT I'M NOT PAYING FOR THAT S--T B---H" !!!!

then I turned to my friend bringing the beer to him calmly and cool, and I said, "See what I had to do but they gave me no lip because I turned it up so fast and quick they didn't even know who to respond,

so OPAL BAR YOU SSSSSSSUUUUUUUUCCCKKKK!!!

YOUR NOISY, DIRTY AND ATTITUDES FLAIR FROM STAFF MOST TIMES, AND YOUR A LITTLE RACIST TOO FROM WHAT ME AND MY FRIEND FELT, SO Go to the TWILIGHT ZONE CAUSE LOST IS WHERE YOU NEED TO BE AND TAKE YOUR STAFF WITH YOU, THEY SUCK AS WELL......LMAO, LMAO !!!!!

I'M NEVER COMING BACK TO GIVE YOU AAANNYYY MONEY, and people of respect and class "I do not recommend this place to you at all"

That's it....!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Avoid! – Terrible experience. I'm not a difficult customer, but considering the experience I had last night, I recommend you avoid this place at all cost. Plenty of respectful and good bars in New York. Absolutely no reason to waste your money here.

We were in the backroom and had already ordered a few rounds. When i came back for a third or fourth round, I saw that the bartender was making the drinks extremely weak (90% mixer with a splash of alcohol). I asked her if she could make them a little bit stronger. First she ignores me. When I repeat my request, she just says, "take it or leave it." I declined the drinks and turned around to go to the front bar to maybe get better drinks. At that point she drops the glasses on the bar on purpose splashing the drinks all over my shirt. That level of disrespect is unheard of. Previous to this she had also failed to bring back my change to the $20 bills I was paying her and effectively "assumed" all remainder were tips.

It took us 10-15 minutes to see the manager. He shows up and when we tell him the story, he just offers to buy us a round. This is when another random guy comes up and starts complaining about the same bartender to him. At the same time he was talking to us, he was also picking fights and disagreements with other customers around. When someone bumped into him trying to get around him, he moved out his elbow into her and turned around and rudely got into a back and forth with her. He is the "Manager." Clearly setting an example and managing his staff are not his areas of expertise though. Here is one of his statements during the conversation, "I deal with a lot of pretty cu*ts that work here." Classy.

We declined the shots and walked out. There is a price for dignity, respect, and a ruined shirt. I don't think I'll let a round of shots erase all that.

Avoid this place. We go out and spend money to enjoy the company of our friends and family. There is no place for such disrespect and lack of professionalism. Spend your money at a place where you don't have to deal with a bartender spilling drinks on you. Seriously?

Highlights: Weak Drinks, The Rudest Bartender I Have Ever Met, Rude and Ineffective Management.

AVOID / AVOID / AVOID.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Fun neighborhood bar & Lounge – This bar is just full of surprises! We came in on a Saturday night with crazy rain and wind so it was kind of empty. But they have two rooms and we were at the room in the back where there are booths, dance floor and a live DJ spinning great hip-hop mixes.

Drinks here are good price and everyone was having a good time on the dance floor. It is not as crazy as a club but definitely pretty fun for a bar.

If I do live at midtown East, I will come here for a fun night out.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Affordable drinks and food – I work nearby. So my coworkers and Ilove to go to opal. Cause they have such a good deal on Thursday night. $20 all you can drink beer and wine and small platter from 6-9pm.. who doesn't like that kind of deal??

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Never again! – I am a young professional who has spent a lot of time throughout the years down the second ave. bar scene. When Opal first opened, I loved going there. I even planned a surprise birthday party there and had a blast. Went back with a large group recently and the bouncers gave us a hard time. I let that pass when the same group wanted to go back. Well it happened again and to others around us.

I'm done.... this place has hired the most ignorant and rude bouncers (I'm trying really hard not to curse right now). Be careful because they will ruin your night!

Just because they have a guaranteed crowd on the weekends doesn't give them a right to treat people like they are lucky to be there; it’s not that great of a place. I would get rid of all of them. It’s a shame because now I will never go back again.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

ehhhhhhhh – it just seemed like the typical midtown bar...crowd was young urban professional acting as they would in college. really crowded also, it was hard to get outside for a smoke. on the flipside, the dj was playing good stuff, the kind of thing that gets you moving and the staff was really chill as well. there were wayyy too many guys, and for some reason, they did not seem to be approaching anyone. all in all, nothing special, definitely reflective of people that work in the area.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great Thursday night drink special – Beer, appletinis, and cosmos were $5 on Thursday night until 10. There was a good DJ and the place was crowded.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great service, good food, and reasonably priced! – Had a great night, went there on May 30, 2008. For girls night out!! Friendly atmoshpere, bartenders are great!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great time – I was amazed at the quality of service. I work in the area and saw that Opal had won serveral "Best of City Search" catagories so we came after work and had the best time!! The food was great for a "bar" and the drinks were awsome. The bartenders are friendly and easy on the eyes. We'll be back for sure.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

I had a great time – this is a great place.. had a great time when i went here.. bartenders are so accomodating, and the crowd is awesome. overall a definite must in nyc.. .totally awesome. great bar!

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