190 Allen St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.722302 -73.988751
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Fun, Unique Views, Helpful Staff – I had my birthday party there last night and it was one of the best ever. The music was so good, the vibe was upbeat fun, and the door guy and our waitresses were soooo helpful! The door guy even came and checked on us throughout the night to make sure we were having fun and everything was OK and the waitress was always there to get us drinks with a smile. No one had a problem getting in if they were there for my birthday, and it went so smoothly it was shocking. The parties I throw do not normally go as smoothly as this, and I've thrown quite a few. Overall, you have to check this place out and maybe even throw a party there because you're treated very well, the vibe is a fun, the views are incredible, and the atmosphere is one of the most unique in manhattan. It's definitely an exclusive place, but if you get in, it's not stuffy, it's just fun!
member's only! – Luckily i was staying at the thompson hotel or i'm sure i would have been turned away from Above Allen's! It's a member's only lounge that's perfect for grabbing a late night cocktail with friends. The tough door makes it easy to snag a table even during the wee hours of the night when you stubble back into the hotel!! We had tried this yin yin cocktail the night before at Shang and were extremely excited to see it on the above allen's menu too! great dj and great crowd every night!
If you can get in it's a good time – I went to Above Allen's a few day ago for the first time with some friends I was visiting. It's a tiny room that can't fit more than 75 people, and it's hard to get past the velvet rope in the hotel lobby. Once you make it up there it's worth it! I think the doorman was touch door stairs because there was a fashion show going on. We accidentally crashed it and got to drink free tyku sake cocktails for an hour! I was pretty excited. The tables are pretty spread out and the music is loud so it's a pretty bad place to keep a conversation, but the view is amazing and there are two decks to walk onto. We hung out and enjoyed the sake, and then moved onto eldridge!
Stay way from this place – Went here last night for drinks for a birthday. It was around 9pm and it was three girls. Guy in the lobby by the velvet rope (what a joke) was giving us a hard time about letting us in for a drink. You take the elevator up to the 7th floor where you get more attitude from another guy in front of velvet rope who acts like he's doing you a favor by letting you in. A few more girls joined us later, then two guys. The girls got in with attitude, when the guys came we went to get them and the doorman said 'i already let in so many guys to your party already', when my friend said no you didn't i swear, he called her a liar. Then another wait staff guy came to our table to smooth things over and said b/c the waitress asked me nicely, I'll let you guys stay. My friend said, it's not a privilege for us to stay here and he stomped off in a tiff. We ordered several rounds, but asked for our check, left no tip, and went into the elevator. The waitress came out after us asking to talk to us for a minute. I said no we're done and will be leaving. They were so disrespectful to the bday girl and to all out friends that came up. Go back to Customer Service 101. You should be kissing our behinds, not the other way around. When we asked them if our friends will be able to come up later, the staff said depends what they look like and what time it is. We left at 11:30 -12am and it was dead so why the attitude. I've been going out in Manhattan for years, all the hot spots and have never been treated like this. I would give it zero stars if I could.
Sporting a retractable glass-paned roof, this exclusive lounge atop the Thompson Lower East Side Hotel is VIP all the way. – Accessing this swanky rooftop lounge is no easy feat: First you'll have to score a key card, take the elevator to the seventh floor and get past the henchmen guarding the entrance upstairs. But those that do manage to make it inside will sip signature cocktails with a chic crowd, while lounging on couches upholstered with '80s designer and artist Stephen Sprouse's camouflage and graffiti print. The pattern, which is reminiscent of the coveted limited edition Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton graffiti handbag, is likely to inspire conversation among society girls about which list was harder to crack--the one for the handbag or the one for bar.
Hits: As if the model-esque crowd isn't enough to gawk at, the sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, from midtown to Chinatown, are guaranteed to take your breath away.
Misses: Like many hotel hot spots, the air of exclusivity here is staggeringly obnoxious. At maximum capacity, Above Allen holds 150 upper echelon socialites, all peering out from within a whole new type of glass fishbowl.
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