987 2nd Avenue, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.756423 -73.967799
Daily: Noon - 4am
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown East
Drinks are cheap, the bar is crowded and there is some room upstairs. The staff is inconsistent, some are very friendly, some are not, or annoying (like this Brazilian girl who is hitting on you just to sell you shots). The music is OK, sometimes it's too cheesy though.
Nothing really special about that place, but I can't say i had a bad time.
PS: the bathroom guy is very annoying, I don't need to pay someone to hand me napkins.
Horrible/Discrimination – I, of asian decent), just got into from the city celebrating my friends birthday and upon arrival at the door, the bouncer told me i wasnt allowed in for wearing a white shirt. so i abided by the rule and began walking away. soon as i start walking away, a patron (white boy) walks out wearing the same exact shirt. i go to the bouncer and asked why he was allowed in. the bouncer (black, 6 ft, big man) told me to f* off and learn the rules. i go towards the other bouncer (little spanish man, 5 ft 5) and ask the same thing. the black bouncer told the smaller bouncer to not tell me a damn thing cause he doesnt need to explain anything to me. the little bouncer just told me that i was rude and i was a mother f*er. the big black bouncer then told me and my friend (her birthday) to f* off or else. Stuff like this happens in NYC? i doubt it. ive been to NYC a lot and this is the first. i felt humiliated in front of everyone. when i spoke to the bouncers and told them i would call up and complain. they laughed and said it wont do any good. They said they would guarantee they would still have their jobs.
im skeptical about the other reviews on this page. if you cant even get past the bouncers, how do you even make a review about this trash.
Definitely DO NOT Recommend – I considered having a birthday here in July. I spoke with Erin on the phone, the coordinator listed on the site, and stopped by after work to make the arrangements in person so I could check out the space. I was completely ignored for a while and then the waitress kept saying she would get her for me. When Erin finally came down, she just gave the waitress a business card to pass along to me...I was RIGHT there. Extremely rude and unacceptable customer service, not to mention the sticky floors and frat house scene (and this was only 6pm on a weekday). I ended up having it at Traffic across the street and had a great time!
In Short: If you are already tipsy and just passing by, this place may be tolerable to stop in and dance for a while, otherwise, keep moving! Its crowded, dirty, and the staff if totally disorganized and rude.
Worst Bar Ever in NYC – I was here on June 6.. Bouncer started a fight with 3 patrons one of them being a woman. I witnessed the entire situation, Bouncer completely lost it..he threw the poor woman into the door-she was SOBER...all she wanted to do was notify her friends that she will be waiting for them outside. This took place at 3:15AM...Cops came to bar...the bar got away with it because she was forced to drop the charges due to it being a weekend (central bookings no judge so have to wait until MONDAY). I must say this is the worst bar ever in NYC ...WHY ARE THEY STILL IN BUSINESS?! Stop going to this BAR you will enjoy the bars down by 8th st or Mc dougal...lol I should have checked their reviews before going to turtle bay...obv..I'm not the only one that has had a bad experience...Owner if your listening either run a bar right or close it down..the little fat spanish guy who happens to be a manager is so disrespectful. Staff at the Bar. Bouncers. (oh and apparently this bar is the only bar that uses a shady company to hire bouncers...guys must be fresh out of jail with a criminal record)
HORRIBLE SERVICE!!! Cheesy 80's music. – I went here for an after work event in which all invitees got a wristband for half off on drinks. Sounds fun, right? WRONG!!! As the place got more and more packed it became nearly impossible to get the bartender's attention for service. I and two of my friends who are female tried for about half an hour until I finally tapped the bartender on the shoulder, and he responded by cursing at me. I laughed it off and then 5 minutes later he spoke to me again saying how I could never reach over the bar and blah, blah, blah... He wore glasses and looked like a sad man. Anyway, after this sensitive bartender's shift ended he told the next bartender on shift! So I had to order another drink from another bartender down the bar. My friends explained to yet another bartender our story, and she gave us a round of drinks on the house to make up for it. Still I will never go here again. The music is a bunch of Jersey Shore 80's fist pump anthems that are warmly nostalgic until after about half an hour. Do yourself a huge favor and NEVER GO HERE!
Neighborhood bar – We went to Turtle Bay on a Saturday night and it was what we needed. It has two floor of space and the cover is $5 but it includes a well drink.
We had about 13 people in our group but we managed to find tables to sit down and chill. We checked out upstairs, which is a dance floor with loud dance music and we were not in the mood. So it actually works out they had a floor for drinking and chilling and another for dancing.
The bar is not fancy or anything though. I wouldn't make my way out to come here.
Great partay!! – I had my Birthday party here and we arranged an open bar with them, and for $30 I drank Malibu and Sprite all night long. We went upstairs cause we wanted to dance and there were a whole bunch of hot guys that we talked to all night and the bartenders made me get on the bar and dance. They bought us drinks and it was a ton of debauchery and fun!! Have your Birthday here! I want to do it again....
There is a bartender named John who makes a great mojito. Ask for one, no matter how busy he is he will take the time. I freakin love to party and Turtle Bay is the place to do it.
Discriminates Against Gay and Lesbian Patrons – In 2009 it is hard to believe that a low rent bar like this thinks they can get away with discrimination. I hope they are closed down soon.
Avoid at all costs.
Bigoted, trashy bar – This bar has rude, bigoted bouncers that discriminate patrons based on sexual orientation. Google "nick adams turtle bay" to read about it. The place is totally trashy, so I don't know why any respecting New Yorker would go here in the first place.
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