by Annabel Konopacki on
Bowlmor runs a nightclub? Who knew. This warehouse-sized joint is located just south of Union Sq on a pretty bustling stretch of University so I'm not sure how I missed it until now. A friend's birthday party was enough reason to check it out. This place must have some of the nicest doormen in NY, bar none. They were genuinely sorry about having to deny entry to a guy wearing sneakers and were quite apologetic about it. That said, don't wear running shoes. $10 cover gets you in, takes care of coat check, and gets you 5 carnival tickets. The entrance is up 10 sadistic flights of stairs - must be to warm you up for the party that awaits. Once you're inside it pretty much looks like... a carnival. Picture Chuck E. Cheese reimagined by a raging meth head. There you go. Ring toss games, darts, pool tables, contortionists. There's a little side room (the "Funhouse") where the atmosphere feels more like an actual club, which is to say dimmer, with a dance floor, and without the day-glo accoutrements. The DJ sounds borrowed from Z100, and the drinks are fairly cheap, weak and served in plastic cups, which all contributes to the tweaked-out kid's birthday party feel. Go with a lot of friends and you'll have fun. They serve a monstrosity of a drink that's essentially 2-3 gallons of jungle juice that comes in a bucket with a bunch of super straws, so far one of the best ways I've found to make new and instantly intimate friendships - ask for it. Go early though, as by 2am the place looked like the OK Corral post-gunfight.
by Diana H. on
A place to be seen more then to eat. It is a very loud environment so if you do go go with friends order drinks skip the meal and enjoy the huge fortune cookie desert! I recommend their lychee martini!
by Betsy Baldwyn on
The Majestic Diner, decorated in kitchy neon signage that lights up Ponce De Leon, is a comfortable greasy diner. Imagine a retro 50's diner, staffed by young, poor, slacker hipsters. Whereas other diners try desperately to hold onto that nostalgiac feeling, the Majestic Diner lets it go and doesn't care. The space is a bit tired and even though the neon lights and signage on the outside shine at full brightness, the inside has aged in a way that it you get the feeling it's only been dimmed through the natural movement of time. So what you get is an aging diner filled with people who probably go to Lenny's dive bar after their shift. This is not a bad thing. You get polite service that's always willing to have a conversation with you beyond the lunch or dinner special. These are not professional servers, they don't even seem like part time servers... it feels a lot like one friend started working there, and then the rest of his friends needed jobs so they started working there too. But enough about that! What about the food! You know, it's alright. Obviously not great, not good, but it's alright. Greasy, greasy, greasy. It's awesome. Sure vegetarians will have a hard time here if they don't like veggie burgers, but even the veggie burger is at least alright and it'll fill them up. The food isn't very different from what you can get at a Waffle House or Denny's. I think that's the problem. I was expecting something to be better than what I would find at the Waffle House or Denny's. I would dare say that the food at the Majestic Diner is overall... just slightly below Waffle House or Denny's. Only because it's inconsistently good or bad. That's where the problem lies... while the Majestic Diner is unique, with interesting staff and atmosphere... it's not enough to make me want to come back, especially knowing that there really are better places to get this exact same food.