by Elfriede Dosher on
During a recent attempt to celebrate a friend's birthday at Lucky Strike Lanes in Manhattan, myself along 4 other friends were turned away at the door because we were not "dressed appropriately." I am not one to call every situation that does not go my way racist, however, I must say that my friends and I are all in our early 30's and are all senior executives in banking, media and Information Technology at Fortune 500 companies and dress far from inappropriately. Being turned away from a bowling alley while dressed in jeans, sneakers, button down shirts and sweaters in the dead of winter is far from thuggish. As we pleaded our case with the bouncers a group of 5 white gentlemen about the same age and similarly dressed were let right in. When we pointed this out to the bouncers they refused to answer only to say, "don't try turning this into a race thing." That was all I needed to hear and now I refuse to give this establishment any of my money. Mind you, I hold frequent business events and would have considered Lucky Strike Lanes as a venue where I frequently spend upwards of $5 - $10k per evening. I have been to other Lucky Strike Lanes around the country and have not had any problem but then again at the other locations I was with some white coworkers...Is this 2009 or 1945? I guess all money is not Green...
by Paris Ramsfield on
Went here for lunch with a group of co-workers. The pre-fixe menu was quite reasonable, $25 for an appetizer, entree and dessert. I also got an order of pork pot stickers with sweet chili sauce on the side ($12 for 5 dumplings... pricey but they tasted pretty good). The restaurant also offered hot tea in many different flavors, each pot is enough for two people although you can also get larger pots. App: I got the Peking duck spring rolls with Hoisin sauce. There were three of them, although the spring rolls were very heavy, there wasn't enough of a balance of meat filling with veggie filling so it got very tiring to eat. It was also quite salty. Entree: I got the wok fried NY steak. It was beautifully presented, but also a bit on the salty side. Dessert: The banana bread pudding was definitely a standout. It was creamy, with fresh bananas and super yummy. The portion was also very large. This was a great dish and I highly recommend it. I would normally give this restaurant 4 stars but I was very disappointed with the attitude of our server. When I asked him what drinks he had available, he acted like it was such a bother to recite the list cold drinks available, and even more annoyed to bring us a menu with a list of the available hot teas.
by Kay O. on
In town to celebrate a friend's birthday, I ended up at this spot. We were trying to avoid frat boys and bar scene, so we thought a 'lounge' would be a perfect fit. There were four of us in the group ranging from 28-33. We didn't wait in line but did have to dole out $10 cover charge...I wasn't happy considering it was only 11:30 and the place was dead. The decor is pretty cool; there is a voyeuristic white screen at the back reflecting a live dancer's silhouette. There's a large wall framing the VIP area, which lights up in bright colors in sync with DJ's music (80s,90s pop and hip hop) . The music was uninspiriting and found it more amusing to stare at the 'colorful wall' than step on the dance floor. I agree with previous rateclubsers with the 'trying too hard' crowd. On a somewhat positive note, the place was packed with people by 1 am and plenty more waiting in line on a rainy, Friday evening. The ladies facilities were not customer-friendly. Around midnight , the line was 30 minutes long. There were four stalls, but only 3 were working. To add to the delay, a coed had too much to drink and got sick on one of the sinks. The attendant screamed at the poor girl, as it seemed they were limited on paper napkins. . . the scene was unsanitary, disgusting at best. So, I think the place is 'on the right track' but still needs to 'tie up' some loose ends. The VIP area (bottle service) is about 8-10 tables large but completely empty (only 1 table was being used). They should allow patrons to sit and lounge in unused tables, instead of opting for a quarter empty space. Drink prices: a mixed drink was in the $9 range, a beer was $6.