168 Delancey St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.717811 -73.985310
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Great Bar, Awesome Birthday Party – I had my 21st Birthday party at The Delancey last night and had a wonderful time. I had the front VIP room reserved, which was a great space for all of my friends to hang out. I also had a botte service and the bar-backs were extremely attentive making sure that we had enough cups, mixers, etc. The DJ was great all night. And yes it does get busy later at night but the line kept moving and none of my friends who came late complained about it. Overall I had a fantastic night and so did all of my friends. I would recomment this bar to anyone who wants to have a party or just go on a weekend night to the LES to get their groove on! :-)
Gorgeous setting, nice staff-- we had a great party. – We planned an early evening party and had a great time. The staff was very helpful over the past month while we were planning the event. The manager always called me back and we made good decisions about how to run the open bar, guest list, etc. The rooftop is gorgeous-- everyone was very excited to arrive and see the garden-- an oasis in the midst of the Lower East Side. The bartenders and manager were helpful, kept me updated on the tab, etc. and they helped clear up after the party was over. We stayed on and had a good night-- it was Tuesday, they bar-b-que-- we had good cheeseburgers.
WORST BAR EVER – I WOULD NEVER GO BACK TO THIS BAR. After planning my birthday at the delancey, I arrived to find a line three hours long, absolutely no partiality for my guests, zero service and a bar so packed it was impossible to breathe let alone get a drink. My experience epitomized a birthday party gone wrong. I would like to thank the delancey for making the begining of my birthday night stressful and horrifying. Tip (if you are ever forced to go to the delancey) : there is a total dive bar (Park Side Lounge) a few blocks away - it puts the delancey to shame since you can actually breathe, move, get a drink and there is live music.
Don't Do It – Worst Birthday Party Ever! My boyfriend decided to have his Bday at the Delancy. After speaking with several people on the phone who seemed very pleasant thought it would be a great place. Upon arriving, the girl at the front had no idea where our reserved room was. We had to search the entire place to find someone who knew where our area was. It was in an unsuspecting spot and many of our guests were also unable to find it. The reservation was supposed to be for approximately 60 people however the room was very small appearing to accommodate more like 30. They told us they "always overbook parties". Early on in the night before our room was filled our friends were stuck outside in a never-ending line. We approached the unfriendly bouncer who just told us with attitude they had to wait. They were uncooperative and completely unaccommodating. Many of our friends actually left because they didn't want to wait in line. One friend went out for a smoke and had to wait in line to come back in. He left as well. The drinks were ridiculously priced from $9-$14 with tons of ice in itty-bitty dixie cups. In the middle of the party, the bartender actually closed up shop because he had "tendonitis!!!!". No apology nor replacement. Overall, nobody gave a #%$ about our satisfaction and the party was a complete disaster. My advise~Don't do it!
Seemed nice on print – My friends and I were looking for a new out of the way place (right on that one) which would have an outdoor area, The Delancey seemed like a great place to enjoy happy hour in the summer. Man were we wrong, first it is so out of the way, just way to many finer places passed up to get to this hole, as sunny as it was outside, the indoors was a dark tomb, the very "moody" bartender informed us, "that the outside bar was not open but you could purchase drinks here and walk upstairs" - okay. great a $7.00 bottle of beer (no tap) and $9.00 drink, all before 6:00PM - once upstairs we were treated to a really bad foliage nightmare, one horrible view, and a total of about 6 other patrons... wow, talk about no atmosphere, granted it was nice to be outdoors, but for the trouble to get there, pay these ridiculous drink prices and be with the most miserable working crowd we have ever witness (serious attitude adjustments needed) this place so NOT worth it - we left after a few drinks and found a more enjoyable place crowd and prices -
Great, mellow place to have a few cocktails – I went here for my 31st birthday party (June 4th) and gotta say, this place is great. We were upstairs with about 20+ people and it was kind of a rainy, chilly night but the covered roof was fantastic. Since I was the birthday boy, I don't recall anything really too late but from what I do remember, the place wasn't packed, all my friends were able to meet and drink, all for a reasonable price. Not sure how the rest of the place is (my brother's band has played the basement a few times) and I do recall the 1st floor being croweded but once we went upstairs everything was great!
RUDE BOUNCERS – Service here is horrible. I refuse to deal with ignorant and rude bouncers. They mistakened one of our party for someone who they claim caused trouble last time and would not let us enter. Interestingly we haven't been there in over a year since the management has changed. Save your money and go elsewhere.
a real chill time – went to a friends bday last night and had a super fun time. the blonde bartender was the greatest...i can't stand tortoise-like bartenders that "cool" their way down the bar, but not in this case...homegirl was workin' it! the upstairs was mad chill and not as hard to access for a smoke break as presumed, & being able to tuck away within the tropical flora made for easy private conversation. there was some miscommunication in regards to rules in the back private room which temporarily soured the mood (not allowed behind bar where we were putting coats) but later on we made up for it with a dope dance battle. anyhow in general the staff was really nice & eventhough it was busy the drink wait wasn't bad although the price might jab your pockets at $9 a premium...but hey thats all part of living the dream. i would suggest a cocktail server for private parties but i didn't mind mingling with everyone. good times!
Nice Rooftop. – I came to this place on a private event at the rooftop. The decor is nice and cozy. The downstairs is more bar type and busy than the upstairs. Nice crowd. Good happy hour. The location is uncomfortable to find as well as a little loud due to the bridge but nice place to go to after work. This place may get packed but its worth going there for a good time with friends.
Keep walking – I want to reiterate what I've just read here. The staff are obnoxious as hell. Drinks are a bit overpriced. These employees need to realize that we are the people keeping them in buisness. A serious attitude adjustment is in need.
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