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Fittingly, the decor inside Cloister matches what you would expect to see at a church. The pleasantly sacrilegious ambiance for smoking hookah and drinking fine wine adds to your inebriating experience. Cloister is a term ingrained in the Catholic church, if you're curious regarding it's meaning, check out Wikipedia. I'm here to preach, not to teach. The pride and joy of CC though is the outdoor garden. When the weather is warm and the vineyard has grape leaves draping over slivers of sunlight, you forget that you're still in New York. The ambiance is amazing and the patrons can be very pleasant, even striking up a conversation with your table. The pricing is often ridiculous, and sometimes when our lovely waitress brings us "shots on the house" I swear we've had them show up on our bill. This adds to the charm albeit stings the first two times you see the bill. It's very European how they handle their business, complete with real Russian waitresses! So yea, Catholic stain glass, Mediterranean garden, New American cuisine, Turkish Hookah and Russian staff. It's not ideal, in fact it's all over the place in terms of brand identity. Given that I'm a regular, they treat me a little better than a first timer (My real rating for this spot would be a 4 by the way, but I want to counterbalance the bad ratings) On a wintery night, I came here with a friend, we were both sick and we asked them to make us honey mulled wine, they did it. They charged us whatever they wanted because it's not a standard menu item, but the fact remains, they do care about their regulars. Like many places in NY, you have to know when to come and when to avoid this spot. Some tips if you want to have a good time: - Come during warmer weather and sit in the garden. - Start drinking here, continue at your club/lounge. Not the other way around. - Order a pitcher (or 2) of Sangria rather than drinks for groups smaller than 4 - Order Hookah with a mix, always keep one part leafy (Mint, Jasmine) with one part smooth (Vanilla, Apple, Coffee). - Practice self control when ordering shots. If you follow these steps, you'll have a good time
2 Steps forward, 1 step back. You know how there are certain restaurants that go the extra mile and seem like this business is their lifelong calling? Well, unfortunately this is not the 1. In fact, ironically, those places often go out of business, but I digress. This is not 1 of those places. It has potential. The thin, tall sundress woman who greeted us seemed like she was up for the challenge. The menu is rather thin and my dinner guest said that their steak was only okay and certainly not worth the inflated price. I asked for a taste of avocado with my dish. The big boys typically give this to you as a courtesy or an obligatory $1. Benjamin's whopping $4 took my meal up to the next price bracket. I liked the diversity of the 2 light skinned minority waitresses. When I complimented the Manager on her kimono, she practically lectured me on how it was not. When I asked the waitress for an orange slice, in addition to not having any she got too familiar asking me what I needed it for. What ever happen to the customer is always right, even if my fashion jeopardy was slightly off. I actually wanted to like this place more for the several 2 steps forward, but I would be disingenuous to not warn people of the several 1 steps back. I read both the favorable and unfavorable reviews of the restaurant on this site. I figured I’d pay them the solid of letting them know of the site so one of them could perhaps write a response to any unfavorable reviews that were just miscommunications. The male manager who answered said he would get the female manager that I described only to return as if screening her calls. He was otherwise very polite cordial and professional. When I suggested that someone in his camp might want to write retorts to negative messages posted about the restaurant, he was not interested. Oh well.
A few years ago i had taken a very good friend out to eat in Manhattan. She was with her daughter, who was about 10 or 11 years old at the time. Instead of going to the movies i decided to take them to Jekyll&Hyde's Theme Restaurant. I figured my friend loves to eat and it would entertain her daughter as well. The entrance to this theme restaurant of horror was very cool with actors dressed as ghouls. Once the doors open, we were placed in what appeared to be a small room. And that's when the ceiling slowly dropped with spikes moving down apon us. My friends daughter placed her hands over her face thinking this may be the end. I remember her grabbing my leg and hiding her face. And just as the spikes were nearly on top of us, the doors open to the main part of the restaurant. That was very cool!! My friend and her daughter couldn't believe all the Ghouls and Monsters walking around inside. It was packed but we got seats after half an hour. Once we were seated our menus were brought to us byThe Black Widow. It looked like she had on a wedding gown with tarantulas crawling all over her. While we were waiting for our food we happen to notice this amazing Horror show being performed with flashing lights and sounds like aFrankenstein movie. This place made my friend and daughter date a perfect evening!! After we finished eating we decided to look around. They have several floors and each one is different from the other. My favorite was the room that remind me of a library. With books that covered the walls and having to push on some of those books to find the bathroom. Very cool!!!!! So here's the deal. A date with a mother and daughter, $45.00 for dinner, good food and a horror show!!! I'll go again!!!
This food is so yummy in my tummy. My favorite dish is the pork dumplings. They make my tongue tingle. It is not just the food that is delicious--the employees are yummy too. In fact, I am planning to learn how to cook Chinese food just so I can spend more time at this restaurant. One day I hope to be as yummy as the employees. But alas, that is just a dream--a yummy dream of an attractive man that I hope will one day happen. I care so much about this dream that I am willing to throw away all of my plaid shirts so I can truly become a part of the Chinese culture. I recently took up the language and I am the best in my class. (Not really much of a surprise--it has been scientifically proven that attractive men are the best at Mandarin.) In five months I have already learned three characters and I draw them with such grace and elegance that I truly believe I can complete the fluency test that I plan on taking next Wednesday. One day I hope that this attractive man (me) will be as yummy as my soon to be fellow employees. Although you are yummier than me we all know I am the more attractive man. As I work on my yumminess, I think of this restaurant and how it changed my life for the better. You rock 137 Broadway Chinese Rstrtn! Oh yeah. -Just another attractive man on 3rd st. Apt. 2B. P.S. I meant know offense to the fourth graders I take Chinese with. When I said I was the best in the class I meant it because I am intellectually and attractively superior but it does not mean that you will not excel in other subjects!
I have been coming here for an eternity, at first mainly for the mojitos, but once they changed their chef, I started coming back for lunch and mojitos. I don't know what magician pours the drinks, but you always leave with a "buzz". The Cloister cafe is the best during the warmer months, so you can enjoy many cocktails, under the grapevines and lush foliage, with hookah and friends. The last time I went, was with a friend, on a rainy day, to celebrate her graduation from Parson's. We were seated "inside-outside" area, which is a tented area, but still not deprived of many trees and plants. We ordered mojitos, a brie quesadellia appetizer, and two salads: the duck and the salmon, I'm not a big salad person, but I like the way they make theirs. Big portions of duck and salmon, well seasoned, fresh and filling. I love their fried potatoes too, with sea salt, time and pepper. To end our meal we ordered a hookah and dessert, and oddly enough it ended up being on a bit over 40$ a person(with out tip), which I think is beyond reasonable for the location, quality of food, and magical cocktails. I would recommend this place 100% for a first date, since they never rush you or take forever to bring your food. I would also recommend this place for sitting alone on a sunny afternoon, with friends at night, or whenever. It's a winner. It got a perfect rating from me, because it deserves it. You get the exact bang for your buck!
Okay, for a person like me, a Special Ed Teacher who runs from school to school all day, my lunch has to be quick, cheap and tasty of course. Jaya Malaysian Resatuarant fit the criteria, however I had to give them points off for the lack of customer service. If you enjoy talking to the wait staff and stellar customer service, then this might not be the place for you. Since one of my main schools is in China Town, NYC, I'm always looking for new spots to eat that fit my lunch time criteria. I decided to check out this restaurant because it was literally around the corner from my school and I was really craving an order of Pad Thai Noodles. Mmmmmmmm. I was seated quickly, almost instantly upon walking in. My order was taken almost as quickly and my food came out in less than 10 minutes. I ordered the shrimp pad thai noodles. The food was good. Not great, but good for a 20 minute lunch stop. The portion size was good enough for me. There wasn't enough to take home in a doggy bag, but it was satisfying for lunch. My bill was reasonable,under $10 for a can of soda and my order. After my order came out I was given no attention from the wait staff, but I wasn't looking for any. Overall it was a good lunch stop for me and I will return again.
Do not believe ANY of the negative reviews. They are ALL lies. We have been going there once, twice or 3 times a month for 8-10 years and have never had a bad dish or experienced poor service. Often you have to wait on a line going up the stairs, sometimes down the block. Why would people go there and wait 15-45 minutes if it's bad? The won ton soup is the best; the egg rolls are superb and the roast pork (and other) chow fon is what I want for my last meal. The only chow fon that was better was served at the long gone Lin's Garden on Bayard St. (and maybe the also gone Hong Fat on Mott). Tea and great NYC water are served when you sit down and you can sit as long as you want to. Everyone that goes there loves it. I have been around the world wearing my Wo Hop t-shirt and someone always says, "Oh yeah! Wo Hop!" Our picture (and many others) hangs on the wall and it's fun being recognized occasionally. We used to go to many other restaurants in Chinatown and many are very good, with their own lines, but we always return to the best. Sometimes if we cannot spend time waiting, we will go to Hop Kee or someplace else but Wo Hop (downstairs only) is number 1. No longer open 24 hours, but until 4am, I think.
The Regency is a very nice hotel. The staff is very friendly and the rooms are comfortable. The only complaints I have are room service, internet connectivity, room size. The room service was expensive which can be expected. But add on top of that a charge per person and % on top of that. You can get internet connectivity for an extra $14.95 a day. In today’s internet enabled world this should be free. They days I did pay for internet connectivity Netflix streaming played with minimal buffering through my laptop. The room was a decent size but for the prize it could be larger. Let’s talk about the positives of the Regency. Once again I must mention the friendly staff. Then there is the location. You are two blocks from Central Park. Two blocks from the subway. Also if you want some good take-out I would suggest www.gourmetpark.com which is a two minute walk from the Regency. The one big reason we chose the Regency was because it was pet friendly. Our dog got better treatment than I did. They had a dog mat, bowls; dog treats, and dog bags (for when we walked him through-out the day). He got the royal treatment. All in all if the Regency is in your budget it’s a wonderful place to stay.
I love Malachys! I have been going there for a while now and have got to say that this place is so comfortable that it has become a regular after-work or pre party spot. The bartenders are awesome. The drinks are cheap. The clientele is friendly. Buy-backs happen. What's not to love? Well... If you are looking for a club or lounge or some other hoity-toity establishment where drinks cost 14 bucks, then don't go. I can't make this clearer: This is an Irish Pub! An old one at that. And that's what makes it feel like you just stopped by your friends place for a drink after work. Bring friends and get your drink on. Here's what you NEED to know. The drinks are great! The food is great (get the burger, chicken fingers, mac-n-cheese, or ribs are favorites)! When there is an event at the park or later on the weekends, the place gets packed. Now for my Favorite part: Dorian!!! She's the bartender on the weekends and is amazing! Besides making one of the best darn Irish Coffees this side of the pond, she is hilarious and should have a column in some major publication. You can never get tired of her welcoming smile and the "How you doing sweetheart?" Go early, Stay a long time! Welcome to Malachy's!!!
*This review is for my first hookah experience in NYC only, not for the restaurant portion of this place.Oh hookah, how I missed you so! I haven't been to a hookah lounge in so long, but am glad to have found Cloister Cafe! Actually, my friend & I were looking for this sake place when we stumbled upon this place. Decided to check it out since it was actually affordable ($20 per pipe plus one drink minimum per person). The Ukrainian bouncer wasn't all that intimidating, I've seen worse, but I did notice he didn't allow guys in easily (he told a random guy to call out his friend to meet him at the entrance instead). My friend and I, on the other hand, walked in just fine. The ambiance of this place is awesome; the outdoor garden is covered by trees and grapevines above you, and the music is loud enough to enjoy but still able to hear the other person across the table. Luckily the weather was perfect, it would've sucked if it rained. We got the rose & mint hookah (delicious!) and each got an iced tea (lemon was included, without us asking.. even better!) We must've spent about three hours here, and the server never pressured us to leave. I'm definitely coming back here!