Zanzibar

★★★★☆
Sultry Lounge serving Exotic Cocktails. Happy Hour Drink Specials
  • 645 9th Ave

    New York, NY 10036

    Cross street: 45th Street

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  • 212-957-9197

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This place closed years ago.

3
★★★★★

This place closed years ago.

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CLOSED for over a year. This is now Justin T's place called Southern Hospitality. Not a club.

3
★★★★★

CLOSED for over a year. This is now Justin T's place called Southern Hospitality. Not a club.

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i like this place

3
★★★★★

i like this place

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I tried to go there on Saturday 2/12 but got the message from a nearby grocery store that it had closed down after trying to locate it.

3
★★★★★

I tried to go there on Saturday 2/12 but got the message from a nearby grocery store that it had closed down after trying to locate it.

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Tranquil environment. Great drinks. Lots of fun!

3
★★★★★

Tranquil environment. Great drinks. Lots of fun!

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Originally we went to a different place that was packed full so we ended up at Zanzibar..
We had the best night in weeks!

2
★★★★★

Originally we went to a different place that was packed full so we ended up at Zanzibar..
We had the best night in weeks!

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I love Zanzibar. It's a great lounge to go for drinks with friends. It's not over crowded, it has great music, and it's conveniently located.

2
★★★★☆

I love Zanzibar. It's a great lounge to go for drinks with friends. It's not over crowded, it has great music, and it's conveniently located.

Pros: Atmosphere, music

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Nice place to spend some time with friends

1
★★★☆☆

Nice place to spend some time with friends

Pros: Cool ambient

Cons: Not the best service

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Do you like to get your groove on? You are not in the mood for a huge line at a club?

Well this lounge is probably one of the places you'd like to check out. My friends and I went here for one of our birthday's and it was a great time had by all. The best part was that we were semi-secluded towards the back of the lounge. There's a nice fireplace there so you can keep comfy while you're dancing. They have 3 other rooms that are either more of a bar or more of a sit-down spot.

2
★★★★☆

Do you like to get your groove on? You are not in the mood for a huge line at a club?

Well this lounge is probably one of the places you'd like to check out. My friends and I went here for one of our birthday's and it was a great time had by all. The best part was that we were semi-secluded towards the back of the lounge. There's a nice fireplace there so you can keep comfy while you're dancing. They have 3 other rooms that are either more of a bar or more of a sit-down spot.

Pros: DJ, Seating, Decor, Rooms

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we were seated intermediately. the eruption martini was really good and yes their drinks are small.
its an okay place to hang out

1
★★☆☆☆

we were seated intermediately. the eruption martini was really good and yes their drinks are small.
its an okay place to hang out

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To start, they didn't want to let us in with our coats, but coat check kept rejecting us due to 'technical difficulties'.
The tables were so low that my legs wouldn't fit underneath; the drinks were laughably small...like the size of a shot! and over priced; the food was nothing to write home about; and worst of all, they held my credit card hostage until the bill was settled and in the waitress' hand...not while the cash was sitting on the table. Very strange.

0
★☆☆☆☆

To start, they didn't want to let us in with our coats, but coat check kept rejecting us due to 'technical difficulties'.
The tables were so low that my legs wouldn't fit underneath; the drinks were laughably small...like the size of a shot! and over priced; the food was nothing to write home about; and worst of all, they held my credit card hostage until the bill was settled and in the waitress' hand...not while the cash was sitting on the table. Very strange.

Cons: bad service, tiny drinks

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love this place so much fun and the drinks are great

2
★★★★★

love this place so much fun and the drinks are great

Pros: great place

Cons: none

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After years of walking by, but never visiting, I finally went into Zanzibar. I should have stuck with my old routine and kept walking.

First, there was no one to greet us at the door, which is the universal symbol for "sit wherever you like." My friends and I chose a few tables near the window, only to be told once we sat down that the table was reserved. The table was not marked with a "reserved" sign. The lack of a hostess or use of table signage is the universal symbol for "moronic management."

Our waitress was friendly and attentive, but the menu was way too expensive for the portions provided. I will never understand New Yorkers' tolerance for paying top dollar for food that does not fulfill.

We opted for the Pu Pu Platter. The sliders were quite good, but there were only two. The hummus had a nice smokey flavor, but it there was only a tablespoon of it. All the food tasted fine, the problem was that the portions were downright stingy.

There are just too many other options to tolerate this establishment. I would suggest avoiding it until the management gets its head screwed on straight. If you must fulfill a desire to visit places named in Billy Joel songs: get in, get a drink, get out and go elsewhere.

0
★☆☆☆☆

After years of walking by, but never visiting, I finally went into Zanzibar. I should have stuck with my old routine and kept walking.

First, there was no one to greet us at the door, which is the universal symbol for "sit wherever you like." My friends and I chose a few tables near the window, only to be told once we sat down that the table was reserved. The table was not marked with a "reserved" sign. The lack of a hostess or use of table signage is the universal symbol for "moronic management."

Our waitress was friendly and attentive, but the menu was way too expensive for the portions provided. I will never understand New Yorkers' tolerance for paying top dollar for food that does not fulfill.

We opted for the Pu Pu Platter. The sliders were quite good, but there were only two. The hummus had a nice smokey flavor, but it there was only a tablespoon of it. All the food tasted fine, the problem was that the portions were downright stingy.

There are just too many other options to tolerate this establishment. I would suggest avoiding it until the management gets its head screwed on straight. If you must fulfill a desire to visit places named in Billy Joel songs: get in, get a drink, get out and go elsewhere.

Pros: Tasty food, friendly service

Cons: Overpriced, poorly managed

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when it's not too busy it's a great place to drink, catch up with friends, and meet new people. When it's crazy it's a scene - most people will like that, especially for a night out on the town. Drinks are good, employees are nice and friendly, and the customers are friendly and with-it. Great place overall.

2
★★★★☆

when it's not too busy it's a great place to drink, catch up with friends, and meet new people. When it's crazy it's a scene - most people will like that, especially for a night out on the town. Drinks are good, employees are nice and friendly, and the customers are friendly and with-it. Great place overall.

Pros: Nice Atmosphere and drinks

Cons: When it's crowded it can be a scene

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We went here last night of course wearing our bump its in our hair. We have been here a bunch of times and its nice normally, just not last night. The crowd tends to be older (thinks 30s crowd). Last night though walked up to the bar to get a drink my sister put her louie down on a chair but didnt sit since there was a drink. She just wanted to put her purse down to order a drink and this guy says 'someone is sitting here.' Well obv we knew someone was sitting there hence why we didnt sit down. Whats the need to be so rude?

1
★★★☆☆

We went here last night of course wearing our bump its in our hair. We have been here a bunch of times and its nice normally, just not last night. The crowd tends to be older (thinks 30s crowd). Last night though walked up to the bar to get a drink my sister put her louie down on a chair but didnt sit since there was a drink. She just wanted to put her purse down to order a drink and this guy says 'someone is sitting here.' Well obv we knew someone was sitting there hence why we didnt sit down. Whats the need to be so rude?

Pros: Excellent specialty cocktails, bartender will always serve u

Cons: rude people

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I just went to this lounge yesterday and I think It's the most romantic place to take a date or your spouse however, I would prefer you to dine at another place. They experience that I had dining here was awful, the food had no flavor and it's rather on the expensive side with small portions. I would have given this place 5 stars but the food left a very nasty taste in my mouth so 3 starts will have to do.

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★★★☆☆

I just went to this lounge yesterday and I think It's the most romantic place to take a date or your spouse however, I would prefer you to dine at another place. They experience that I had dining here was awful, the food had no flavor and it's rather on the expensive side with small portions. I would have given this place 5 stars but the food left a very nasty taste in my mouth so 3 starts will have to do.

Pros: atmosphere, music, exotic drinks

Cons: FOOD

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I have been a long time patron of Zanzibar. I have always enjoyed the music, drinks and atmosphere, but I would normally eat a meal somewhere else before getting there because they only served appetizer portions, (tasty but small). When I went there recently I noticed a huge change in the menu. Now not only do they have delicious appetizers but great meals (that will fill you up) as well! I ordered a whole Branzino with a sundried tomato and Caper based sauce. I am no professional fish eater so when I was given the choice of bones in or having them filet it for me I was really relieved. I love the new menu and the continual reinvention is what's kept me going there for years. Keep it coming Zanzibar!

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★★★★★

I have been a long time patron of Zanzibar. I have always enjoyed the music, drinks and atmosphere, but I would normally eat a meal somewhere else before getting there because they only served appetizer portions, (tasty but small). When I went there recently I noticed a huge change in the menu. Now not only do they have delicious appetizers but great meals (that will fill you up) as well! I ordered a whole Branzino with a sundried tomato and Caper based sauce. I am no professional fish eater so when I was given the choice of bones in or having them filet it for me I was really relieved. I love the new menu and the continual reinvention is what's kept me going there for years. Keep it coming Zanzibar!

Pros: cool atmosphere, innovative food and drinks

Cons: some construction being done

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great

2
★★★★☆

great

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I went here last week and had a great time. I ordered chilled Belvedere to drink andmy friend ordered the Gin Gin. It was sweet and fruity but not too sweet that she couldnt taste the Hendricks. They passed around some free happy hour hummus, which was a nice touch. We didnt eat dinner there, but saw the menu and looked like they have a variety of different items. Also, they offer happy hour on drinks ($2 off, except specialty drinks). Nice place to grab a cocktail after work.

2
★★★★☆

I went here last week and had a great time. I ordered chilled Belvedere to drink andmy friend ordered the Gin Gin. It was sweet and fruity but not too sweet that she couldnt taste the Hendricks. They passed around some free happy hour hummus, which was a nice touch. We didnt eat dinner there, but saw the menu and looked like they have a variety of different items. Also, they offer happy hour on drinks ($2 off, except specialty drinks). Nice place to grab a cocktail after work.

Pros: strong delicious drinks, interesting menu

Cons: none

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Last week I decided to go with my girlfriends to this lounge, always positively mentioned on magazine reviews and articles and strongly suggested by some friends of mine. I have to say I had a great experience since all my girlfriends were happy and I was definitely satisfied with everything because I had been the one to pick the place. It was during the week-end and even though there were tons of other customers and the place was packed we received the drinks on time and the service was very attentive and efficient. The atmosphere is very comfortable and we had a great time even by interacting with other customers (apparently this place attracts very cool people!). The food was amazingly unique and the music was such a good mix of different styles that each friend of mine has a different music taste, nobody was getting bored! I will definitely go back and I highly recommend Zanzibar!

2
★★★★★

Last week I decided to go with my girlfriends to this lounge, always positively mentioned on magazine reviews and articles and strongly suggested by some friends of mine. I have to say I had a great experience since all my girlfriends were happy and I was definitely satisfied with everything because I had been the one to pick the place. It was during the week-end and even though there were tons of other customers and the place was packed we received the drinks on time and the service was very attentive and efficient. The atmosphere is very comfortable and we had a great time even by interacting with other customers (apparently this place attracts very cool people!). The food was amazingly unique and the music was such a good mix of different styles that each friend of mine has a different music taste, nobody was getting bored! I will definitely go back and I highly recommend Zanzibar!

Pros: Service, drinks, food, music

Cons: No complaints at all

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I've been a long time regular at Zanzibar and have noticed a lot of changes in the last few months. The menu has been completely switched up, for better and worse. I'm glad to see that some of my favorites are still on the menu: tuna tartar, feta flatbread... and some great new dishes like the fish sandwhich and burger have been added. There has also been construction going on one side of the space. Aside from those changes the service, atmospher, food and drinks, are all great. I'm sure whatever direction zanzibar chooses to go in will be a success.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been a long time regular at Zanzibar and have noticed a lot of changes in the last few months. The menu has been completely switched up, for better and worse. I'm glad to see that some of my favorites are still on the menu: tuna tartar, feta flatbread... and some great new dishes like the fish sandwhich and burger have been added. There has also been construction going on one side of the space. Aside from those changes the service, atmospher, food and drinks, are all great. I'm sure whatever direction zanzibar chooses to go in will be a success.

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The only thing I can say right now is that Zanzibar is one of the best lounges in New York! The interior design makes me feel like I'm in Africa in a tropical island! I passed by it the other day and i talked to the manager and he told me that they are making a night club downstairs called Jeje and a Paninotecha on one half! I'm so excited for these constructions to be over like this I can once again go and enjoy my self! i highly recommend this place for anyone visiting or living in New York! I LOVE IT!

2
★★★★★

The only thing I can say right now is that Zanzibar is one of the best lounges in New York! The interior design makes me feel like I'm in Africa in a tropical island! I passed by it the other day and i talked to the manager and he told me that they are making a night club downstairs called Jeje and a Paninotecha on one half! I'm so excited for these constructions to be over like this I can once again go and enjoy my self! i highly recommend this place for anyone visiting or living in New York! I LOVE IT!

Pros: Food, Service, Bartenders, Cocktails

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Had my birthday here--had always wanted to try it. It was all right, but did not live up to expectations. Our waitress was inattentive and it felt like it took forever to get the drinks and food coming. The menu did not seem to correspond with all of the options given online. And I was treated rudely by a manager when I had dropped an expensive wrap on the bench there, and called to see if it had been found. The wrap had vanished/been stolen and the restaurant was unapologetic. All in all, it was fine, but not great.

1
★★★☆☆

Had my birthday here--had always wanted to try it. It was all right, but did not live up to expectations. Our waitress was inattentive and it felt like it took forever to get the drinks and food coming. The menu did not seem to correspond with all of the options given online. And I was treated rudely by a manager when I had dropped an expensive wrap on the bench there, and called to see if it had been found. The wrap had vanished/been stolen and the restaurant was unapologetic. All in all, it was fine, but not great.

Pros: Tasty, unusual drinks

Cons: Inattentive service

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Zanzibar is one of my after work Thursday hot spots. They have the exotic cocktails I desire though depending on the bartender the drinks could use a little more kick. My co-workers and I love the variety of tapas they offer on their menu.

4
★★★★☆

Zanzibar is one of my after work Thursday hot spots. They have the exotic cocktails I desire though depending on the bartender the drinks could use a little more kick. My co-workers and I love the variety of tapas they offer on their menu.

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This place is really cool for being in Hell's Kitchen. I really enjoy the ambiance and the posh setting, music is very dated and up beat. Prices on drinks are a little expensive, but nothing too crazy

2
★★★★☆

This place is really cool for being in Hell's Kitchen. I really enjoy the ambiance and the posh setting, music is very dated and up beat. Prices on drinks are a little expensive, but nothing too crazy

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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The best part of this place is the atmosphere. ... However, our experience last night was that the service was absolutely horrible, and these people don't know how to make a drink. I ordered a vodka on the rocks with olives and waited 15 minutes when the place wasn't crowded. When I got the drink, the low ball was 2/3's full with melted ice in it, and it had a lime - no olives. My date ordered a rocks drink as well - similarly tasted watered down. I've been here before, and had previously had their martini's up, rather than on the rocks. Those were "much" better. Stay away from the rocks drinks here. Drinks aside, the menu is weak, hard to figure out, and overpriced. If you're hungry, eat before you come here.

1
★★★☆☆

The best part of this place is the atmosphere. ... However, our experience last night was that the service was absolutely horrible, and these people don't know how to make a drink. I ordered a vodka on the rocks with olives and waited 15 minutes when the place wasn't crowded. When I got the drink, the low ball was 2/3's full with melted ice in it, and it had a lime - no olives. My date ordered a rocks drink as well - similarly tasted watered down. I've been here before, and had previously had their martini's up, rather than on the rocks. Those were "much" better. Stay away from the rocks drinks here. Drinks aside, the menu is weak, hard to figure out, and overpriced. If you're hungry, eat before you come here.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Service, "some" drinks

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My friends and I came by to Zanzibar after work on a Tuesday night. It was pretty quiet but there were lots of people at the bar. It was around 6:30PM. We were seated by the bar, ordered from the tasting menu and expected a little more food instead of 8 pcs for 4 people. Anyway, I ordered the grilled chicken on sour cherry tomato and feta cheese salad and it was delicious. I had cranberry vodka and it was very good and strong. My friends had chocolate martinis and liked them. Towards the end of our meal we received complementary spicy chicken wings. Two small pieces for each of us and we were happy because it made up for the "platter" we had first ordered. It's a great spot for drinks but I wouldn't have dinner here again.

2
★★★★☆

My friends and I came by to Zanzibar after work on a Tuesday night. It was pretty quiet but there were lots of people at the bar. It was around 6:30PM. We were seated by the bar, ordered from the tasting menu and expected a little more food instead of 8 pcs for 4 people. Anyway, I ordered the grilled chicken on sour cherry tomato and feta cheese salad and it was delicious. I had cranberry vodka and it was very good and strong. My friends had chocolate martinis and liked them. Towards the end of our meal we received complementary spicy chicken wings. Two small pieces for each of us and we were happy because it made up for the "platter" we had first ordered. It's a great spot for drinks but I wouldn't have dinner here again.

Pros: Drinks

Cons: some food portions

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Service here was mediocre. The hostess did not look pleased to seat us, or just about anybody, the waitress' friendly demeanor was forced, perhaps after overhearing our comments and our drinks were weak. We didn't try any food. Music was great, no complaints there. However, during my Zanzibar experience, an unnecessary fight broke out and securities' reaction to it was extremely negligent and nonchalant. It got ugly at the narrow doorway where the incident could have ended a whole lot worse, but thankfully it did not. This place does not seem to have many, if at all, incidents like these occur. Therefore, I expected the security's reaction to be faster but it wasn't. I don't think this is common ocurrence; the atmosphere appeared semi-mature (20's-30's) and the vibe was cool. A nice lounge to pregame at, bop your head to some good music, but stay near all exit doors in case something breaks out since you can't rely on the bouncers to handle their business.

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★★★☆☆

Service here was mediocre. The hostess did not look pleased to seat us, or just about anybody, the waitress' friendly demeanor was forced, perhaps after overhearing our comments and our drinks were weak. We didn't try any food. Music was great, no complaints there. However, during my Zanzibar experience, an unnecessary fight broke out and securities' reaction to it was extremely negligent and nonchalant. It got ugly at the narrow doorway where the incident could have ended a whole lot worse, but thankfully it did not. This place does not seem to have many, if at all, incidents like these occur. Therefore, I expected the security's reaction to be faster but it wasn't. I don't think this is common ocurrence; the atmosphere appeared semi-mature (20's-30's) and the vibe was cool. A nice lounge to pregame at, bop your head to some good music, but stay near all exit doors in case something breaks out since you can't rely on the bouncers to handle their business.

Pros: Music & Decor

Cons: Unfriendly staff & Negligent security

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Zanzibar is a nice place, I went there the other day on a date and it was fun. The staff can be alittle distant, but it's ok overall. There are some bad bars in the neighborhood, trust me I know, but Zanzi has been around and has always been reliable. No surprises here.

1
★★★☆☆

Zanzibar is a nice place, I went there the other day on a date and it was fun. The staff can be alittle distant, but it's ok overall. There are some bad bars in the neighborhood, trust me I know, but Zanzi has been around and has always been reliable. No surprises here.

Pros: Atmosphere and Reliable setting

Cons: Prices and can be alittle pretentious

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I agree with the majority of reviewers. Zanzibar is a great place for after work drinks or a late night hang out spot. Delicious drinks, nice atmosphere and good service are a very good combination.

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★★★★★

I agree with the majority of reviewers. Zanzibar is a great place for after work drinks or a late night hang out spot. Delicious drinks, nice atmosphere and good service are a very good combination.

Pros: Drinks, Atmosphere, Service

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I went to zanzibar recently and I really liked it! I was our for a girls night and we started here with drinks and appetizers. It was a little empty when we first got there but as it got closer to midnight it really filled up. The food is definitely NYC priced, but the drinks were reasonable and really good! I definitely recommend it as a place to start your night...and they also had a party room in the back for private events. If you're planning on going later in the night or with a big group I would recommend a reservation though.

5
★★★★★

I went to zanzibar recently and I really liked it! I was our for a girls night and we started here with drinks and appetizers. It was a little empty when we first got there but as it got closer to midnight it really filled up. The food is definitely NYC priced, but the drinks were reasonable and really good! I definitely recommend it as a place to start your night...and they also had a party room in the back for private events. If you're planning on going later in the night or with a big group I would recommend a reservation though.

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Simply put, Zanzibar it quite possibly the worst bar I've been to and I have lived in NYC for 5 years. I really don't think I saw one friendly face on their staff. Aside from the drinks being horribly overpriced and weak, the bartenders and waitresses were flat out rude. The appetizers and food we ordered were mediocre at best and took forever to be served. Trying to get the waitresses attention was an uphill battle and everyone in my party was extremely politely and we kept getting dismissed. I will never go to this bar ever again. Do yourself a favor when you see Zanzibar, just keep on walking there are a plenty of much better bars in the nearby Hells Kitchen area. What a headache, they should rethink their management!

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★☆☆☆☆

Simply put, Zanzibar it quite possibly the worst bar I've been to and I have lived in NYC for 5 years. I really don't think I saw one friendly face on their staff. Aside from the drinks being horribly overpriced and weak, the bartenders and waitresses were flat out rude. The appetizers and food we ordered were mediocre at best and took forever to be served. Trying to get the waitresses attention was an uphill battle and everyone in my party was extremely politely and we kept getting dismissed. I will never go to this bar ever again. Do yourself a favor when you see Zanzibar, just keep on walking there are a plenty of much better bars in the nearby Hells Kitchen area. What a headache, they should rethink their management!

Pros: None

Cons: Service, Service, Drink prices, Weak Drinks, Food

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I was recently at Zanzibar with a group of friends celebrating a birthday. A bouncer not only insulted one of my friends in the bar with a slur but also assaulted him for not having proper footwear. The manager wouldn't even give his name. Don't go here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was recently at Zanzibar with a group of friends celebrating a birthday. A bouncer not only insulted one of my friends in the bar with a slur but also assaulted him for not having proper footwear. The manager wouldn't even give his name. Don't go here.

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I've passed Zanzibar everyday for a year without going in - but I'm glad to say I've finally succombed the compfy sofas and chilled out music nights. Seriously, the most friendly relaxed staff you will find and generally an all round non city type pub in town. Top marks.

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★★★☆☆

I've passed Zanzibar everyday for a year without going in - but I'm glad to say I've finally succombed the compfy sofas and chilled out music nights. Seriously, the most friendly relaxed staff you will find and generally an all round non city type pub in town. Top marks.

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Had my 30th bday party here last week and my friends and I had a blast! The staff was so easy to work with in setting everything up. We ordered (way too much) food ahead of time and went with a bar tab. The food was great, and the drinks flowed freely without breaking the bank. I'm still not sure how none of us had been here before. Our waitress Maria was a sweetie and always available. We were in the fireplace room and the half we had was perfect for our group of 25. The DJ played fun music but was not intrusive, so you could have a conversation and still feel like you're at a party. The one snag: a friend was given a hard time at the door for wearing a tshirt, but when I went out to let them know he was with the party they let him in without issue (or greasing). Overall a fabulous place for a party- I will definitely have events here again in the future.

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★★★★★

Had my 30th bday party here last week and my friends and I had a blast! The staff was so easy to work with in setting everything up. We ordered (way too much) food ahead of time and went with a bar tab. The food was great, and the drinks flowed freely without breaking the bank. I'm still not sure how none of us had been here before. Our waitress Maria was a sweetie and always available. We were in the fireplace room and the half we had was perfect for our group of 25. The DJ played fun music but was not intrusive, so you could have a conversation and still feel like you're at a party. The one snag: a friend was given a hard time at the door for wearing a tshirt, but when I went out to let them know he was with the party they let him in without issue (or greasing). Overall a fabulous place for a party- I will definitely have events here again in the future.

Pros: Everything

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Went here after work with a bunch of friends. Really liked the signature drinks and the waitstaff was very social and available. We got some food to share amongst us and it was quite tasty. The crowd was really cool as well. We'll be back

2
★★★★★

Went here after work with a bunch of friends. Really liked the signature drinks and the waitstaff was very social and available. We got some food to share amongst us and it was quite tasty. The crowd was really cool as well. We'll be back

Pros: Drinks, Scene, Waitstaff

Cons: none

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Zanzibar is a premier hot spot for New Yorkers and a must see experience for visitor. This place is so relaxing, and laid back, the ambiance is marvelous. Smack in the middle of the bar is a cozy, huge lodge burning fireplace. The velvet sofas are so comfortable you will feel like you are enjoying for favorite wine, drink or evening at home.

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★★★★★

Zanzibar is a premier hot spot for New Yorkers and a must see experience for visitor. This place is so relaxing, and laid back, the ambiance is marvelous. Smack in the middle of the bar is a cozy, huge lodge burning fireplace. The velvet sofas are so comfortable you will feel like you are enjoying for favorite wine, drink or evening at home.

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I recently threw a surprise birthday here last weekend for my boyfriend and I would recommend this above and beyond any other location in NYC for a party. Believe me, I searched long and hard for the ideal location. The room we got was beautiful and just the right size, we had our own server who was very gracious and provided quick service, and the DJ was hot. Zanzibar's manager was so friendly and helpful which made planning the party a breeze. I got nothing but rave reviews from all the attendees especially because there was no charge to get in, no coat check fee, and, most importantly, no doorman drama. If you're looking for somewhere to hold your next party, you've come to the right place!!!

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★★★★★

I recently threw a surprise birthday here last weekend for my boyfriend and I would recommend this above and beyond any other location in NYC for a party. Believe me, I searched long and hard for the ideal location. The room we got was beautiful and just the right size, we had our own server who was very gracious and provided quick service, and the DJ was hot. Zanzibar's manager was so friendly and helpful which made planning the party a breeze. I got nothing but rave reviews from all the attendees especially because there was no charge to get in, no coat check fee, and, most importantly, no doorman drama. If you're looking for somewhere to hold your next party, you've come to the right place!!!

Pros: Everything!!!

Cons: Absolutely none

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A bunch of my friends meet up at Zanzibar once in a while, we love this relaxing, cool place. The food is surprisingly sophisticated and good for a lounge, so try it. Music is always good, creating the right vibe. And the drinks, let's not forget the drinks: awesome.

2
★★★★★

A bunch of my friends meet up at Zanzibar once in a while, we love this relaxing, cool place. The food is surprisingly sophisticated and good for a lounge, so try it. Music is always good, creating the right vibe. And the drinks, let's not forget the drinks: awesome.

Pros: food, drinks, music

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We had so much fun at this place, I can't even tell you. We work near by and visit quite often. Last weekend we got together for a colleagues' going away party and we had a blast. The space is very unique, very loungy. The back room is great and cozy. The best part are the drinks, always good. Try the signature drinks, they are the best. The food is pretty amazing too. The papaya salad and tuna tartar are my favorites. The service is always very friendly, but when they are full it takes a minute or two to get your order. The crowd is very good looking and fun... Love the music too. Great place to chill and hang out. Not pretentious.

2
★★★★★

We had so much fun at this place, I can't even tell you. We work near by and visit quite often. Last weekend we got together for a colleagues' going away party and we had a blast. The space is very unique, very loungy. The back room is great and cozy. The best part are the drinks, always good. Try the signature drinks, they are the best. The food is pretty amazing too. The papaya salad and tuna tartar are my favorites. The service is always very friendly, but when they are full it takes a minute or two to get your order. The crowd is very good looking and fun... Love the music too. Great place to chill and hang out. Not pretentious.

Pros: Great atmosphere, great looking crowd

Cons: gets crowded on the weekends

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This bar is a lot of fun, pretty big with a good DJ. The drinks are SO pricey though, and not even that good.

2
★★★★☆

This bar is a lot of fun, pretty big with a good DJ. The drinks are SO pricey though, and not even that good.

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This is a regular hang out spot for me and my friends. It's a great lounge in NYC, as opposed to the club scene or a bar. It's nicely decorated and the staff is really friendly. The music is also really good and puts you in a good mood. Sometimes it gets crowded on the weekends but you can usually find seating or a nook for you and friends.

2
★★★★☆

This is a regular hang out spot for me and my friends. It's a great lounge in NYC, as opposed to the club scene or a bar. It's nicely decorated and the staff is really friendly. The music is also really good and puts you in a good mood. Sometimes it gets crowded on the weekends but you can usually find seating or a nook for you and friends.

Pros: good drinks that aren't stingy with the liquor, nice setting, great staff

Cons: weekends are sometimes really crowded

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Great bar! I filmed the video on this site and spent some time there.
Good looking people, good drinks, fast waitresses and bar tenders!

Good spot.

Pete ( www.NYvideo.US )

2
★★★★★

Great bar! I filmed the video on this site and spent some time there.
Good looking people, good drinks, fast waitresses and bar tenders!

Good spot.

Pete ( www.NYvideo.US )

Pros: Good hip crowd

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Not the friedliest staff but really good food. Loved the pita burgers. Cool looking place too. I recommend it.

1
★★★☆☆

Not the friedliest staff but really good food. Loved the pita burgers. Cool looking place too. I recommend it.

Pros: Food, decor

Cons: Staff

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I love coming to this place. I always feel like I am on vaction. I never went for diner just drinks. The bar scene is always lively and the crowd is good looking. If you are look for drink specials or buybacks this is not the place for you.

2
★★★★☆

I love coming to this place. I always feel like I am on vaction. I never went for diner just drinks. The bar scene is always lively and the crowd is good looking. If you are look for drink specials or buybacks this is not the place for you.

Pros: vibe,location

Cons: not really

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We stopped in on Friday night on a friend's recommendation... Just fabulous place. I made reservation for a table for 10 of us.... We ended up being more like 15; they were great accomodating us. The hostess was really terrific. They made more space for us at the table in the back lounge. The atmosphere was simply great. The crowd of interesting, good looking people provided a pleasant backdrop to our soiree. The food was just perfect, especially the mussels were fantastic. The specialty drinks are amazing, becareful though they are deceptively strong. Mango mojito is my personal favorite. They make great martinis too... DJ was spining some seriously fun music. We are going to become regulars. Our waitress had a slightly diva-like attitude, but she kept the drinks coming. No Complaints. You should check it out, we had a blast!!!

2
★★★★★

We stopped in on Friday night on a friend's recommendation... Just fabulous place. I made reservation for a table for 10 of us.... We ended up being more like 15; they were great accomodating us. The hostess was really terrific. They made more space for us at the table in the back lounge. The atmosphere was simply great. The crowd of interesting, good looking people provided a pleasant backdrop to our soiree. The food was just perfect, especially the mussels were fantastic. The specialty drinks are amazing, becareful though they are deceptively strong. Mango mojito is my personal favorite. They make great martinis too... DJ was spining some seriously fun music. We are going to become regulars. Our waitress had a slightly diva-like attitude, but she kept the drinks coming. No Complaints. You should check it out, we had a blast!!!

Pros: Specialty Drinks, Atmosphere, No-nonsense service

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We had an awesome time. My friend works close by and she organized her B-day party here. Wow we had lots of delicious cocktails. The service was quick and friendly. Our waitress kept the drinks comimg and the party going. DJ played great music. Everyone had a great time. You have to check it out; the crowd is great... really nice looking people having a great time, sipping on great cocktails. Love the back lounge, the circular fire place is very cozy....

2
★★★★★

We had an awesome time. My friend works close by and she organized her B-day party here. Wow we had lots of delicious cocktails. The service was quick and friendly. Our waitress kept the drinks comimg and the party going. DJ played great music. Everyone had a great time. You have to check it out; the crowd is great... really nice looking people having a great time, sipping on great cocktails. Love the back lounge, the circular fire place is very cozy....

Pros: Great Drinks, Awesome Music

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Very nice looking decor, service was okay. It is the only real lounge scene in this area. Didn't not try the food, just had drinks.

1
★★★☆☆

Very nice looking decor, service was okay. It is the only real lounge scene in this area. Didn't not try the food, just had drinks.

Pros: decor

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We were at Zanzibar on Saturday night. Cool crowd. The DJ was spinning some great music. Got there about nine, had some food (the crispy shrimp and the lamb chops are to die for) and then moved to the bar. No reservations no problem. The waitress kept the drinks coming and the bartender made us some good mango mojito. You've to try it. You won't be dissapointed.

2
★★★★★

We were at Zanzibar on Saturday night. Cool crowd. The DJ was spinning some great music. Got there about nine, had some food (the crispy shrimp and the lamb chops are to die for) and then moved to the bar. No reservations no problem. The waitress kept the drinks coming and the bartender made us some good mango mojito. You've to try it. You won't be dissapointed.

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This place is as kiddy and as whacky as things get. The hostess is clueless and had no idea about what she was supposed to do. And the bartenders were clueless too. First one was completely completely lost, and the second one didn't know what cabernet was (ha ha). They got this guy in black shirt standing in the middle of room though he was the king of the house. Talking about "class" wannabe, this is like a kinder garden in chaos. Wake up, it is the customers who you should put first every night.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is as kiddy and as whacky as things get. The hostess is clueless and had no idea about what she was supposed to do. And the bartenders were clueless too. First one was completely completely lost, and the second one didn't know what cabernet was (ha ha). They got this guy in black shirt standing in the middle of room though he was the king of the house. Talking about "class" wannabe, this is like a kinder garden in chaos. Wake up, it is the customers who you should put first every night.

Cons: 2 thumbs down and two fingers up - no service

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A world theme transcends this Hell?s Kitchen bar and lounge, which does double duty as a happy hour haven and weekend hot spot. While a velvet-draped entrance and a red illuminated bar give Zanzibar a clubby flare, the space is accented…

 

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