01/13/2012Provided by Citysearch -
ATROCIOUS!!! Some friends and I went there to celebrate our girlfriend's birthday in December, at the SKY ROOM. I, along with two friends arrived early and gave our names at the door. To this we were told that name wasn't on some list. Then told us the cover was $20, which we paid. We decided to wait in the lobby, since the guest of honor hadn't arrived yet. I remember thinking that downstairs looked posh, upstairs was bound to have something great in stores for us. We notice that some people were being charged less than we were. I called her to the side, when she had not guests, to ask her why there was a difference in price. Having not gone there before I was curious. She told me that different promoters charge rates. OK! 'She's not a promoter"" I said. ""Yeah, but that's just how it is"". I sat back down, and waited for our friends to arrive. On my guard I listened as she told white patrons that the cover was $10 for ladies and $20 for men. At that point my friend arrived---thankfully. There was a lengthy conversation between her and the DOORMAN. He comes through the door mutter something about the size of the bottle service she'd ordered (it was 8 of us), but I was busy inquiring through ""gestures"" if there was a problem, and whether or not we were leaving? This door troll then exits, and re-enters in a burst, and to my outrage says that the hostess should give us our money back, because he didn't want us there. I gladly took my money, and proceeded to call him an ""A-hole"" I might have said I know-- highly inappropriate, but I was livid. I had never experienced (what I ultimately came to terms with as) such blatant RACISM before; and I certainly wasn't expecting it in the place which probably is the biggest melting pot, NYC. They overcharged my friends and I, expecting that we wouldn't pay a $20 cover charge. Seriously? Then basically chased us out. I guess we provided too much of a contrast for their pristine white decor. I'd never felt so violated. I would not ever go back to this place. People will probably turn a blind eye to my review, but I felt I should speak; this is unacceptable. I don't know if it's just the DOORMAN or if this is a common practice, but something is very wrong. I went there expecting an experience that I would be talking about to people. Boy did I get an experience, just hoped it would have been a good one.