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
Thompson Hotel, 190 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston Street; J, Z: Bowery-Delancey Street
Lower East Side, New York –
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.
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.
DJ spins 80s rock, old-school hip-hop, and contemporary indie rock from 10pm.
Menu of small plates from Shang, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant.
Menu $3–$27. Beer $8, cocktails $10–$16, champagne $14–$20, bottle service $$350–$400.
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.
Wednesday or Thursday nights for laid-back drinks and conversation with friends, or Friday and Saturday nights for a more raucous meat market vibe.
Mercury Lounge (217 East Houston Street) is just a few blocks east and features some great up-and-coming indie music.