by Melvin W. on
One would think that there would be many more places that spin real hip hop being the birthplace of this genre. Every venue I go to nowadays, DJ's play the garbage that's on the airwaves now. If you like real classic hip hop or DJ's with a good repertoire of music to bring you back in the days, you won't be disappointed. Only downside is the size of the damn place. Friday and Saturday nights are packed sardine nights. I usually frequent Thursdays to dance my ass off. Did I mention there's no dress code either? Being that it's my favorite place I spoke to Malik the manager about holding my 20th (30's the new 20) birthday there. Him and the crew were more than accommadating to us.
by Mike T. on
Yet another case of style over substance. When one walks into Ella the first thing one must ask themselves is, am I really on Ave A? The top floor of this place is dressed to the nines, but why? I'm really not sure. The atmosphere is cabaret lounge meets Vegas, which translates to: why? why? why? even for an after-work, after-dinner place. Oh and the one bartender thing? You've got to be kidding me. Downstairs on the other hand was a completely different vibe and the only reason this place gets two stars at all. While the space wasn't nearly as nice and a little too cramped for my liking, the music selection was actually quiet good and the crowd an interesting mix of hipsters and artsy types. In all, the problem with Ella is that it lacks an identity. The jazzy-lounge vibe that it's trying to sell just doesn't work in this part of NYC and as a result the place is reeking of in-authenticity and bordering on pathetic. If they want to stay in business I suggest they take their Wednesday night party and capitalize on it before its too late.