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The Back Room

102 Norfolk St, East Village, New York City, NY 10002-3310
+1 212-228-5098
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Fun and different concept

A local told me and my bf to go to The Back Room, and so we did. The entrance was super sketchy in... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
Tine M
Copenhagen, Denmark
Novel, but could be so much better

So, mixed feelings on this one. Finding the place is fun and certainly adds to the mystique, the... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2016
Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
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102 Norfolk St, East Village, New York City, NY 10002-3310
Lower East Side
+1 212-228-5098
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

A local told me and my bf to go to The Back Room, and so we did. The entrance was super sketchy in a fun way, all secretive through an alley. Then we entered a room that was decorated kinda like an old living room....More

Thank Tine M
Reviewed 31 December 2016

So, mixed feelings on this one. Finding the place is fun and certainly adds to the mystique, the decor is great, definitely a speakeasy feel, and the drinks in coffee cups is fun. Unfortunately, that's about as good as it gets. The bartender was incredibly...More

Thank GolfnGuitarNut
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I was sooooo looking forward to visiting this bar on our trip to New York. It was actually the first thing I googled when we decided to go to the USA. I have visited the speak easy ( Coal and Cedar) in Newcastle Australia and...More

Thank Vicky D
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Good vibes, fun speakeasy style and a good laugh, but not the most amazing cocktails in the world. Advise trying the Girl Friday cocktail if you're unsure :)

Thank Matt O
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Horrible. One of the barman stole my money right in front of me. Manager did nothing about it. I wanted him to check one of the 8 cameras that could prove this crime, he didn't. WATCH OUT FOR YOUR WALLETS!!

Thank Eduardo S
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This place is generally CROWDED. My advice is to reserve a table ahead of time so you can properly relax and enjoy what makes The Back Room different than any other crowded bar in NYC. This bar was an original speakeasy. Reading up on it's...More

Thank C_Razzano
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Try to find this place. Shhhhh. Can't tell you where it is. But if you are astute, and you know the address, maybe you will notice the bouncer outside of this great place. Drop down to basement level, crawl through the tunnel, the 'war zone'...More

Thank walter f
Reviewed 9 November 2016

I loved this place - it was the last stop on a speakeasy tour and we elected to stay here long after the tour disbanded. As an original speakeasy it's hard to find, and when you get in it's opulently decorated and the atmosphere is...More

Thank GLWayne
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Starting with the clandestine alley to the entryway, this felt like stepping back in time. The interior is relatively small, and had a dark/gritty feel. It was very laid back, not as formal as some of the nearby speakeasies. We were there on a Monday...More

Thank FamilyTravelerLB
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was neat. It's a prohibition style pub, with an entrance set back from the sidewalk through an alley. Be sure to give the cab driver the street address and look for the small gate with the address: 102 Norfolk. Were it not for a...More

1  Thank Ellenlyn
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immigrant past and its modern transformation into a
beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side
is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city.
The blocks of tenements that represented the promise
and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience
now command top dollar for new residents. Right next
to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment
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16 June 2016|
Response from thefoodieworld | Reviewed this property |
It's a long way. The Hilton is up near Central Park (around 57th Street) so you have 57 blocks just to get downtown to Houston Street and then it's a few blocks further south and east. Having said that, taking a Subway ride... More
17 April 2016|
Response from kruezers | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain if it's open on Sunday, the website might tell you. It gets busy and it didn't look like anyone was taking reservations.