Above Allen

Hotel Bar / Lounge
Above Allen There's no beating around the bush when it comes to getting into Above Allen – patrons either have the look or they don't. New York United States 40.7223521 -73.9887394
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Above Allen - Hotel Bar | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review There’s no beating around the bush when it comes to getting into Above Allen – patrons either have the look or they don’t. Those who do make it past the double doormen will find themselves in an airy greenhouse lounge... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston Street; J, Z: Bowery-Delancey Street

  • Phone:

    212-460-5300

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  • Hours:

    W–Sa 9pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Above Allen Review

The Scene

There's no beating around the bush when it comes to getting into Above Allen – patrons either have the look or they don't.

There’s no beating around the bush when it comes to getting into Above Allen – patrons either have the look or they don’t.

Those who do make it past the double doormen will find themselves in an airy greenhouse lounge where a diverse clientele of everyone from local moneyed hipsters to European hotel guests mingles over drinks.

A retractable glass roof and two open-air patios lined with tropical trees provide panoramic views of the city skyline, while amber-shaded floor lamps and glowing cocktail tables cast a warm glow over the sea of Vuitton-upholstered sofas.

Weekends see groups of hotties in cocktail dresses enjoying table service or breaking into impromptu dance parties, as a unique mix of local artists, skaters, and well-dressed bridge and tunnelers vie for space at the modern black bar to order jalapeño-infused margaritas and try out their pick-up lines.

The flirtier and slightly rowdier weekend atmosphere gives way to a more laid-back feel on weekdays, when groups of friends take over the booths to chat and indulge in champagne and Asian-inspired nibbles, while couples and hotel guests sip cocktails on the veranda.

One of the ideal places in Manhattan where guests can drink, smoke, and enjoy a great view all at the same time, Above Allen is a good bet for patrons in the market for a downtown hotspot with an uptown vibe.

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Tip from Adriana:

The terraces get pretty crowded, especially on the weekends, but squeeze your way onto the north balcony anyway – there’s no better place to enjoy your delicious seasonal cocktail and the fab views of the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building at the same time.

  • Crowd

    Local artists, skaters, affluent hipsters, and hotel guests during the week, and a culturally diverse mix of Lower East Siders, Europeans, and people from the outer boroughs on the weekends, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ spins 80s rock, old-school hip-hop, and contemporary indie rock from 10pm.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of small plates from Shang, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant.

  • Prices

    Menu $3–$27. Beer $8, cocktails $10–$16, champagne $14–$20, bottle service $$350–$400.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Artsy casual to grungy chic: skinny jeans, white t-shirts, cocktail dresses, loose American Apparel t-shirts, stylish heels. Dress code: no shorts or flip-flops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesday or Thursday nights for laid-back drinks and conversation with friends, or Friday and Saturday nights for a more raucous meat market vibe.

  • Close By

    Mercury Lounge (217 East Houston Street) is just a few blocks east and features some great up-and-coming indie music.

Above Allen User Reviews

Average rating:
Great place crappy doorman
M. S. Mar 9, 2013
This place was overall a great experience until I met the doorman. I was there a couple weeks back before I went on tour in australia and the way the doorman treated me and my group of peers was in the most unprofessional manor I have ever seen in my entire life. First of all no problems were caused no fights were started no bills were not paid and this guy that runs the elevator decides he wans to be an A**hole! We had a group of around 20 and must have spent at least 5k in the 4 hours we were there until close. With me were high profile clients in the music industry and fellow managers. I came off the elevator to meet a friend in the lobby and was on the phone when the "doorman" began causing problems with me for I guess what was speaking loudely for a total of 2 seconds. I responded "My bad, no big deal Ill go up stairs" He then continued to get in my face and follow me up to the lounge where he proceeded to harass every one in my group until they person who had set up my party told him that we paid good money to be here and the rest of the staff informed him we hadnt been a problem and infact pretty pleasant crowd. After that he left us alone until the end of the night when they were closing. I approached him and said "Im sorry for the confusion down stairs I didnt mean to disrespect you in any way" to which again he responded "you have a big mouth, im going to remember that face.". Now I understand if someone is causing problems then he has to do his job but to a group that had no issues and was spending a lot of money this was completely ridiculous and unprofessional. I will never return because of the "doorman" with the worst case of power trip I have ever seen. It is unfortunate because I really liked the place and would love to stay there some time......
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