Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Delancey

The Delancey
168 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-9920
Cross Street: Clinton Street
Directions: F at Delancey St; J, M, Z at Essex St
If going by cab, take Ridge down and then right onto Delancey before you get to Clinton

1/2 hipster, 1/2 striped shirt, The Delancey (though it sounds like a hotel it is not) is an odd duck. Usually a cover, but well drinks ($5) are cheap. Check out the "Death Disco" party every Wed., for good punk/hardcore bands, a good DJ/VJ on the main floor (the place has multiple floors), and, most important in the summer, no line for the roof (though it is quite crowded - FYI the roof closes at 12:30). Other days have varying covers, but usually no more than $7/$8. thankfully, its been open over a year so the buzz crowd is dwindling and the usual Lower LES crowd takes over. The mix that results is a good one, on the night of review, 3 transvestites, a group of JP Morgan summer investment banking associates, out of towners, art types and punk fans. Pretty good.

Decor (3/5) - The bottom and main floor are "trash-ablanca" to steal from a Black Betty review, but the roof is pretty swank - you wouldn't guess its a rock club.

Crowd (3/5) - Mixed which is nice, though points lost for a seeming lack of alcohol problems. Go there if you are in a good mood, not if you want a depressing dive (see the upcoming Blarney Cove review for that)

Drinks (4/5) - Strong and cheap

Dive Factor (3/5) - Bottom floors and location add to it, but the roof is pretty nice, it has goldfish and fountains! Oooo lala.

All in a nice place, pay the cover if you are seeing a band, if not go early in the week when the roof is not to crowded and fight off tropical Malaria with G&T's


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