Monday, November 24, 2008

Spitzer's Corner

101 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 228-0027

Bathroom situation
- 5 bathrooms downstairs. All single-occupancy and incredibly clean. The icing: all have airplane-style occupied/vacant locks. No lie, the best bathroom situation in NYC that Visceralist has encountered.
Takes credit cards (dollar min)? - Yes
Crowded on weekends? - Yes, but there's two large rooms, so it's not horrible.
Wifi? - nein
Seating - 2 German Beergarden-style tables in the front room and one in the back room. Each table holds about 20 people. They also have benches along the walls in the front room and booths in the backrooms. Prepare to catch some cooties from the strangers you'll be sitting all up next to!
Neighborhood - literally on Ludlow & Rivington, aka the aorta of the LES. Expect moderate foot traffic at 2:45am on Tuesdays and ridiculous foot/real traffic at all other times.
Type of crowd - folks who like the idea of the trashy/trendy LES but don't want to have to put up with the reality...but still somewhat cool.
Pretentious/assholes - I have a hunch that this place attracts douches, but you wouldn't know it to look at and interact with the folks here. Surprisingly decent.
Cost of Stella - $6/pint.
What time people start showing up - this place serves an allegedly great brunch, so it's prettymuch crowded all day. If you're looking for a lull, try between 3-8.
Bartender efficiency - usually one bartender each in both the front and back rooms; sometimes 2 in the front room on the weekends. A little slower if you're ordering food (which, btw, comes with free wait service [gratuity not included]).
Official Website - Here. Very clean and efficient (just like their bathroom situation). Has their full beer/wine list and eating-food menus.
Food? How late - yes, full menu till 2am.
Tvs? What's on - nope, so get your interesting anecdotes together.
Guy/girl ratio - 65/35...likely due to the beer-centric nature and distinct lack of apple cosmotinis.
Toys - nathan, so like I said, get your anecdote game together.
Age of clientele - late 20s to early 40s.
Space for dancing? - possibly in their awesome bathrooms, but otherwise no.
D├ęcor - mock-classy with a mock-communal feel, but still pleasant. Lots of concrete. Fantastic bathrooms.
Grimeyness - negligible.
ID check procedure - sometimes the hostess at the front checks, but they attract an older crowd, so...
Hood specificity - LES (say it proud!)
Music medium, style & volume - Top 40...playlist determined by management. Volume level is usually set to "background."
Jukebox? - nah, right.
Drink Specials - Happy hour:
Google first page results: reviews by Yelp, NY Mag, Citysearch and a couple articles about them being caught up in an underage drinking bust in Summer '08 (everyone's gotta have a little dirt on their jacket, right?).

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