Hudson Bar & Books
EAST 51st Street, New York, NY 10022
05/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My friends and I had decided to go to the Hudson Bar and Books last night (Saturday, May 2, 2009) for some good drinks and great company. Well, the drinks were fine and the company was great but the service was horrible. In particular, the rude head waitress who told my friends and I that we weren't permitted to stand near the bar and when we attempted to sit down in an area that was cleary available for patrons, she said that we weren't permitted to sit there. We were told by her that we were only permitted to go to the back area where our other friends were seated, however, a few moments earlier we were told that we weren't permitted to go back there unless there were actual seats for us??? Clearly, this obnoxious and rude waitress did not care for our patronage. The bar wasn't even crowded and I would have thought that the bar would have been pleased to have paying customers.
I could understand this rude, obnoxious behavior if my friends and I were belligerent drunks or the like, but we weren't. We were polite ladies who were simply looking to catch up and enjoy ourselves. When this despicable waitress suggested that we should have had reservations if we wanted to sit and have a drink, I was stunned. When did they start taking reservations at bars? So, if you plan on going to this bar, please be sure to call in advance and reserve bar stools for you and your friends. What a joke!
10/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I put off trying this place because of the negative reviews about the service (note those reviews are all pretty old, from '02). Finally went last night and found out what I was missing. It is very expensive, but the cocktails are excellent, the cigar list is decent (although they were out of both the Padron 3k and 6k), and the service was good. It was impossible to find a seat at the bar on a Monday right after work, but later in the evening the crowd thinned out a bit. Mostly cigar smokers but saw some cigarettes as well. I'll be going back.
11/29/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I completely agree with this person and always refer my friends to this place...""The place is beautiful and laid-back, the service prompt and accurate, good tunes rocking through the place, and other bar patrons didn't seem at all pretentious or self-important. I specifically made a mental note that I'd be coming back, ...I think this place rocks and should definitely be tried at least once before anyone gives any credence to these bad reviews.""
11/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The place is smaller than I expected it to be. Good if you want it to be intimate, bad if you have a few bags with you and care about space restrictions.
If you go, find seats either at the bar or in the back couch area.
My girlfriend and I went last weekend. I'm a scotch and cigar man and my girlfriend is getting the taste for them as well.
Once inside a runner in the bar sat us at a small table parallel to the bar.
We were then greated by an abrupt waitress that addresses us as ladies and didn't really have a polite come back to her error. She avoided making eye contact with us most the time she was near us.
When asked for a recomendation she wasn't of much help.
When I asked her for a glass of water for my lady served neat she came back with a small cordial glass of water. I understand formalities but that would have to be taken as a joke at best.
I asked for a real glass of water with no ice again when she returned. When she came back she slammed the glass on the table almost tipping the ash tray over next to it.
The glass of water was laiden with mystery bubbles but it wasn't mineral water. We asked for a clean glass from the buser and received one from them without a problem.
Here's another example of bad service though. We didn't want two candles at the table to have a darker ambience. My girlfriend blew one out. The bus boy went to light it and then an argument proceeded that he had to relight it. Is this not ridiculous? If the customer wants the candle off you don't talk back to them and try to fish a reason out. The customer is always right but apparently not at this establishment.
The hostess/waitress that we had never checked up on us. Yet always passed our table. I regard that as a lack of service on her part.
I do plan to return, sit at the bar, and give this place another chance but I do not expect to be served by that woman again.
06/06/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Meticulousy hand crafted cocktails. Fine Cigars. One of the only places in New York to legally light up a cigar and enjoy a fine cognac, whisky, port. Remember - they have an uptown location (a bit more formal) - also a Cigar Bar - Lexington Bar And Books. Elegant atmosphere, great service. Just opened a location in Prague, Czech Rep. and are doing one in Bucharest.
04/30/2003Provided by Citysearch -
Wow, I'm not sure why so many people are spitting vitriol about this place. Granted, I've only been there once and it was right after work. The place is beautiful and laid back, the service prompt and accurate, good tunes rocking through the place, and other bar patrons didn't seem at all pretentious or self-important. I specifically made a mental note that I'd be coming back, and that's just what I'm planning tonight. Finding bars off the beaten path with a little character are what makes life fun in Manhattan. I think this place rocks and should definitely be tried at least once before anyone gives any credence to these bad reviews. Who knows? Maybe they're just jealous bar owners nearby trying to compete with this fine establishment...
01/30/2003Provided by Citysearch -
It's not as snooty as people make it out to be. Go on a weekday for a quiet beer, the bartender is really nice and there is a mellow feeling, no hype, no pressure.
I believe that some people immediately go to some palces with attitude prepared and then they have no fun!
12/16/2002Provided by Citysearch -
I went to the Hudson bar with my boyfriend and the guy at the front door was extremely rude. I was told there some real snobs in there, but he was the only one I encountered. It's too bad ""the help"" has such a bad attitude. I will definitely not return just on account of his behavior.
11/30/2002Provided by Citysearch -
So they can mix a drink, big deal. I'd rather have a bunch of monkeys slinging bottles behind the bar than these creeps. The maitre d' really puckers up for the aging eurotrash then explodes violently on the staff. Oh, and how much ABBA and smooth jazz can you stand in an evening? Find out here. There are bars in the area with better atmosphere and less irritating music.