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Phone: (212) 645-8661
Phone: (917) 261-5122
Primary Phone: (212) 645-8661
Automatic Slims Restaurant
02/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've been here a few times with friends and we've had ok nights (kind of crowded and the bartenders are forgetful and not super friendly..the music is fun though). BUT, most recently on a Saturday night I had my wallet stolen from my purse which was ON MY SHOULDER. Unfortunately I didn't have it zipped up (my fault). I'm slightly suspicious of the bouncer because at one point he was getting way to close to my face, being creepy and trying to strike up conversation. About a month earlier another friend had her purse gone through here. She noticed it was missing, told the bar staff and come to find it was in the bathroom, with everything dumped on the floor and her wallet and phone were stolen. I really don't know why we went back after that. A stupid mistake!! Its really not that great of a place to risk having your stuff stolen. There are better bars in the village! Go there.
12/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Weeknights this is a great Greenwich Village neighborhood bar--great food, great bartenders, great music, cool atmosphere. On Fridays and Saturdays, it goes crazy--it's an infamous NYU hook-up bar. All the bad reviews reflect the fact that people come here, get drunk, lose their credit cards, go home with the wrong person--on the weekends. The rest of the time, it's a very cool place (okay, occasionally you get yuppie jerks in groups from Wall Street, but they're all extinct, right?).
09/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was at Automatic a few weeks ago, and was totally repulsed by the scene. It's a combination of self-important wannabe ""socialites"", tourists, over-eager men, and a colossally RUDE staff. The guy at the door was a creeper (level 10!) who let me and my sister in, but then AFTER we had gone in, but knowing we were all together, told my boyfriend that there were too many guys, and he would see what he could do... we argued a bit, and since we involved the other people on line my boyfriend got in, but I'm sure a $20 would have helped things, if only I had one to spend after paying for drinks. To be honest, I'm fairly willing to over-pay for my drink in NYC bars/clubs because it goes with the territory. but in this place I really begrudged the bartender for the watery drink because he was overly curt and gave us a mean look for only tipping $2 a drink. I know there are people who love Automatic Slims but I hope I never, never ever have to go here again. Oh, and the bathroom is super stank-ass, it smells like old urine, is littered with trash, but no TP in sight. This place used to have a great rep, but right now it's a horrible, desperate scene...although I'm sure they're making a fortune.
07/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I just posted this on Yelp, as well, but anyway ... Long story short, I was basically robbed by one of the bouncers at Automatic Slims last night. Here's the rest of the story:
I was on a bar crawl last night and ended up at this place. I opened a tab because I didn't have any cash, and sure enough, I left without closing my tab. I jumped in a taxi but suddenly remembered my lack of cash and my credit card still at the bar. So I had the cab take me back and wait outside while I got my credit card.
The bar was busy, so it took about 10-15 minutes to get my card. When I came out, the cab was gone. The bouncer claimed that the cab couldn't wait anymore, and that he (the bouncer) had been forced to pay the cab driver $65 for his time.
Yeah, that's right. $65.
I'm not a tourist. I know how much cabs cost. For 15 minutes of waiting (after driving me around the block once), the fare was probably about $10-15.
But this bouncer, who stands about 6'5"", 230-240 lbs, was now telling me that I owed him money. It's worth noting that I was by myself at this point.
I had no cash, so he followed me to the nearest ATM. I kept telling him that I knew he was lying, and he continued to yell that I owed him money. I ended up giving him $40, which he actually accepted.
If the whole thing was legitimate, of course, I'm sure he would have tried to beat the last $25 (that he claimed I owed him) out of me. But since he was scamming me, he was probably happy to walk away with extra money in his pocket without having to try very hard.
For this small amount of money, it wasn't worth going to the cops. But I thought I may as well let the rest of you know what happened.
Anyway, the bouncer is a big guy with long, thin dreadlocks tied up in a bun. He was also one of the ""DJ's"" who played music from a laptop behind the bar. He's a scam artist.
08/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I went to this bar last weekend, The bartender was incredibly rude and I just looked at my bank charges to find he added on his own tip. This place isn't worth it. If you want a place that looks like a dive but charges 7 dollars for a beer and then steals from you then go here.
Came in with my mates over the weekend and had a very bad experience. The place has gone to trash. Its just a joke now. All the old friendly faces are gone and they have a new bunch of grumpy sots. i actually saw the bartender pour two differentt kinds of wines in my friends glass. A few years ago this was one of my favorite stops in the states, it lost heart it seems-just a bunch of posers playing bad music for dogface snobby princesses. sounds harsh but dont waste a night or a dollar at this hole
This is my favorite bar to go to late night on the weekends to dance with a group of people. They play all the oldies and all the new popular songs. I especially think the bartender on Saturday night is soooo cute.
I don't know what these other people are talking about. The bar is not meant to be really high class......who drinks wine there anyway. It is a fun, late night place that I have been going to for years....hasn't changed a bit. It gets packed, but that is when I think it is most fun to dance around with the whole place.
It unfortunate that people don't understand what this bar is all about.....but I know that there are also a ton of people who do.....that place is ALWAYS packed on the weekends!!!!
This is the worst scene. Loud bad music. Unless you like Britney Spears all night. Mostly guys, bad service-our drinks were flat and the bar tender wouldn't change it. The bouncers just stood outside and hassled all the guys coming in. We waited to get in, then the bar was lame and $7 for an Amstel. All I got was a headache-and the bathrooms smell really horrible. This place is over.
08/06/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I LOVE this place!!! The music was a great mix-from acapella marvin Gaye to old Foreigner-
We went on Thursday night and by the time we left had many new friends. Every body dancing and having fun-Friendly and mixed crowd-wall street to neighborhood regulars-People cut loose and have a good time-
We came early and had calamari and an AWESOME steak dinner-Never knew they had food-it was GREAT-we came for happy hour (mellow and relaxed)and stayed all night!
Definitely an authentic NYC scene-bartender was super cool and Hilarious and kept the party going!
Great hook up spot! Both of my friends made ""new"" friends!
03/27/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Music and scene ok - nothing special. Would be good enough except for the bartenders who were the most arrogant and rude I've ever experienced anywhere in Manhattan. They acted like all bar-goers should be honored to be there and made the experience horrible. I wouldn't go back if you paid me. This place is not worth it - take your business elsewhere. There are much better places in the West Village. Hit those up instead.
02/23/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Terrible service from a bartender who demanded ""and dont forget to tip"" before my friends and I had a chance to reach into our bags. After verbally accousting us and demanding a tip, we left her only a dollar (to reflect the poor service). She then got the bouncers and owner to kick us out for a $1 tip. Whatever happened to customer service? maybe this explains why there's no girls (or anyone) in the bar..... go somewhere else!