by Carly M. on
Sunday afternoon at Frying Pan is a guaranteed Sunday Funday. This place is a super casual open-air bar located on Pier 66. The crowd is eclectic--tourists, hipsters, ex-fratty types, and yuppies. Even though the place is huge it was packed, attributable no-doubt to the amazing weather that day. The go-to drink is the bucket of coronas. As other reviewers have indicated, its expensive at $35 for 6 ($7 per, and you get the 6th one free) but clearly the premium is paid for sitting in the sun on the water. The service is super relaxed and perfectly content to let you sit for hours, so pace yourself and take in the atmosphere between rounds and you'll save yourself a pretty penny. All that sunbathing and mingling can really work up an appetite, and before long my group was hungry. Unfortunately I made the mistake of going up to the bar, thinking that would be faster than waiting for a server. It took forever! Their number system was pretty chaotic and people were grabbing food here there and everywhere. After at least 15 minutes my friend made a comment and we ended up taking another order of the same thing, though who knows if it was really ours. Hrm... Overall a GREAT place to spend a lazy, sunny afternoon in the City. Highly recommended for good times, with a few caveats. Be prepared to shell out for it, and be prepared to wait. This place is about the views--of the water and of the people--and not about the service.
by Jared M. on
So Marquee is like the generic cheesy club I think of when I think of where people go to because they think they are "going to see and be seen." Being on the VIP list, I still waited for 20 minutes while the revenge of the nerds pack was let in. Then, right before being let in, the cheesiest of them all showed up doing guess what?!?! Being cheesy! Mario Lopez steps out of an SUV wearing his tight t shirt with a girl on each arm, pauses a moment, looks both ways with a huge grin, then proceeds past the velvet rope while high fiving the bouncer. (note, Mario Lopez is the size of my pomeranian). Anyway, once let in we literally had to fight our way upstairs. It was beyond crowded on a weeknight. Once at the bar (the drink prices were average for NY standards) we basically had to stand in a certain position because there was absolutely no room to even move after getting our drinks. The crowd seemed like one I'd like to avoid and we got out fo there fairly soon and made our way down to Park, which was not nearly as full and much cooler. And when I say not nearly as full, I mean empty, which may or may not be a good thing I suppose. Anyway, I'd prefer Buddha Bar over Marquee. I think I'd even prefer Dave & Busters over Marquee and that place is pretty nauseating.
by Michal Hirschmann on
Club 412 hosts the Frim Fram Jam, which is the best Lindy Hop in the city, by far. Every Thursday night, 9PM - 1AM. It costs $8 ($5 with a student ID). http://www.yehoodi.com... Frim Fram Jam is always DJed, but it's always high quality. Usually, there are 2 DJs per night, who alternate 1-hour sets. You can find live music at non-regular events during the weekends. There is always a lesson the hour prior to Frim Fram, taught by high quality instructors. There's always a ton of people, which leads to a lot of crowding. It features a bar, which is nice.