Turtle Bay Tavern

★★★☆☆
A great place for a drink or private party!
  • 987 2nd Avenue

    New York, NY 10022

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  • 212-223-4224

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Drinks are cheap, the bar is crowded and there is some room upstairs. The staff is inconsistent, some are very friendly, some are not, or annoying (like this Brazilian girl who is hitting on you just to sell you shots). The music is OK, sometimes it's too cheesy though.\n\nNothing really special about that place, but I can't say i had a bad time.\n\nPS: the bathroom guy is very annoying, I don't need to pay someone to hand me napkins.

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★★★☆☆

Drinks are cheap, the bar is crowded and there is some room upstairs. The staff is inconsistent, some are very friendly, some are not, or annoying (like this Brazilian girl who is hitting on you just to sell you shots). The music is OK, sometimes it's too cheesy though.\n\nNothing really special about that place, but I can't say i had a bad time.\n\nPS: the bathroom guy is very annoying, I don't need to pay someone to hand me napkins.

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I, of asian decent), just got into from the city celebrating my friends birthday and upon arrival at the door, the bouncer told me i wasnt allowed in for wearing a white shirt. so i abided by the rule and began walking away. soon as i start walking away, a patron (white boy) walks out wearing the same exact shirt. i go to the bouncer and asked why he was allowed in. the bouncer (black, 6 ft, big man) told me to f* off and learn the rules. i go towards the other bouncer (little spanish man, 5 ft 5) and ask the same thing. the black bouncer told the smaller bouncer to not tell me a damn thing cause he doesnt need to explain anything to me. the little bouncer just told me that i was rude and i was a mother f*er. the big black bouncer then told me and my friend (her birthday) to f* off or else. Stuff like this happens in NYC? i doubt it. ive been to NYC a lot and this is the first. i felt humiliated in front of everyone. when i spoke to the bouncers and told them i would call up and complain. they laughed and said it wont do any good. They said they would guarantee they would still have their jobs. \n\nim skeptical about the other reviews on this page. if you cant even get past the bouncers, how do you even make a review about this trash.

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★☆☆☆☆

I, of asian decent), just got into from the city celebrating my friends birthday and upon arrival at the door, the bouncer told me i wasnt allowed in for wearing a white shirt. so i abided by the rule and began walking away. soon as i start walking away, a patron (white boy) walks out wearing the same exact shirt. i go to the bouncer and asked why he was allowed in. the bouncer (black, 6 ft, big man) told me to f* off and learn the rules. i go towards the other bouncer (little spanish man, 5 ft 5) and ask the same thing. the black bouncer told the smaller bouncer to not tell me a damn thing cause he doesnt need to explain anything to me. the little bouncer just told me that i was rude and i was a mother f*er. the big black bouncer then told me and my friend (her birthday) to f* off or else. Stuff like this happens in NYC? i doubt it. ive been to NYC a lot and this is the first. i felt humiliated in front of everyone. when i spoke to the bouncers and told them i would call up and complain. they laughed and said it wont do any good. They said they would guarantee they would still have their jobs. \n\nim skeptical about the other reviews on this page. if you cant even get past the bouncers, how do you even make a review about this trash.

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I considered having a birthday here in July. I spoke with Erin on the phone, the coordinator listed on the site, and stopped by after work to make the arrangements in person so I could check out the space. I was completely ignored for a while and then the waitress kept saying she would get her for me. When Erin finally came down, she just gave the waitress a business card to pass along to me...I was RIGHT there. Extremely rude and unacceptable customer service, not to mention the sticky floors and frat house scene (and this was only 6pm on a weekday). I ended up having it at Traffic across the street and had a great time! \r\n\r\nIn Short: If you are already tipsy and just passing by, this place may be tolerable to stop in and dance for a while, otherwise, keep moving! Its crowded, dirty, and the staff if totally disorganized and rude.

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★☆☆☆☆

I considered having a birthday here in July. I spoke with Erin on the phone, the coordinator listed on the site, and stopped by after work to make the arrangements in person so I could check out the space. I was completely ignored for a while and then the waitress kept saying she would get her for me. When Erin finally came down, she just gave the waitress a business card to pass along to me...I was RIGHT there. Extremely rude and unacceptable customer service, not to mention the sticky floors and frat house scene (and this was only 6pm on a weekday). I ended up having it at Traffic across the street and had a great time! \r\n\r\nIn Short: If you are already tipsy and just passing by, this place may be tolerable to stop in and dance for a while, otherwise, keep moving! Its crowded, dirty, and the staff if totally disorganized and rude.

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I was here on June 6.. Bouncer started a fight with 3 patrons one of them being a woman. I witnessed the entire situation, Bouncer completely lost it..he threw the poor woman into the door-she was SOBER...all she wanted to do was notify her friends that she will be waiting for them outside. This took place at 3:15AM...Cops came to bar...the bar got away with it because she was forced to drop the charges due to it being a weekend (central bookings no judge so have to wait until MONDAY). I must say this is the worst bar ever in NYC ...WHY ARE THEY STILL IN BUSINESS?! Stop going to this BAR you will enjoy the bars down by 8th st or Mc dougal...lol I should have checked their reviews before going to turtle bay...obv..I'm not the only one that has had a bad experience...Owner if your listening either run a bar right or close it down..the little fat spanish guy who happens to be a manager is so disrespectful. Staff at the Bar. Bouncers. (oh and apparently this bar is the only bar that uses a shady company to hire bouncers...guys must be fresh out of jail with a criminal record)

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★☆☆☆☆

I was here on June 6.. Bouncer started a fight with 3 patrons one of them being a woman. I witnessed the entire situation, Bouncer completely lost it..he threw the poor woman into the door-she was SOBER...all she wanted to do was notify her friends that she will be waiting for them outside. This took place at 3:15AM...Cops came to bar...the bar got away with it because she was forced to drop the charges due to it being a weekend (central bookings no judge so have to wait until MONDAY). I must say this is the worst bar ever in NYC ...WHY ARE THEY STILL IN BUSINESS?! Stop going to this BAR you will enjoy the bars down by 8th st or Mc dougal...lol I should have checked their reviews before going to turtle bay...obv..I'm not the only one that has had a bad experience...Owner if your listening either run a bar right or close it down..the little fat spanish guy who happens to be a manager is so disrespectful. Staff at the Bar. Bouncers. (oh and apparently this bar is the only bar that uses a shady company to hire bouncers...guys must be fresh out of jail with a criminal record)

Cons: The entire STAFF is Horrible, No Respect for their Patrons

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I went here for an after work event in which all invitees got a wristband for half off on drinks. Sounds fun, right? WRONG!!! As the place got more and more packed it became nearly impossible to get the bartender's attention for service. I and two of my friends who are female tried for about half an hour until I finally tapped the bartender on the shoulder, and he responded by cursing at me. I laughed it off and then 5 minutes later he spoke to me again saying how I could never reach over the bar and blah, blah, blah... He wore glasses and looked like a sad man. Anyway, after this sensitive bartender's shift ended he told the next bartender on shift! So I had to order another drink from another bartender down the bar. My friends explained to yet another bartender our story, and she gave us a round of drinks on the house to make up for it. Still I will never go here again. The music is a bunch of Jersey Shore 80's fist pump anthems that are warmly nostalgic until after about half an hour. Do yourself a huge favor and NEVER GO HERE!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here for an after work event in which all invitees got a wristband for half off on drinks. Sounds fun, right? WRONG!!! As the place got more and more packed it became nearly impossible to get the bartender's attention for service. I and two of my friends who are female tried for about half an hour until I finally tapped the bartender on the shoulder, and he responded by cursing at me. I laughed it off and then 5 minutes later he spoke to me again saying how I could never reach over the bar and blah, blah, blah... He wore glasses and looked like a sad man. Anyway, after this sensitive bartender's shift ended he told the next bartender on shift! So I had to order another drink from another bartender down the bar. My friends explained to yet another bartender our story, and she gave us a round of drinks on the house to make up for it. Still I will never go here again. The music is a bunch of Jersey Shore 80's fist pump anthems that are warmly nostalgic until after about half an hour. Do yourself a huge favor and NEVER GO HERE!

Pros: Yeah, right...

Cons: Rude bartenders, awful music.

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We went to Turtle Bay on a Saturday night and it was what we needed. It has two floor of space and the cover is $5 but it includes a well drink. \n\nWe had about 13 people in our group but we managed to find tables to sit down and chill. We checked out upstairs, which is a dance floor with loud dance music and we were not in the mood. So it actually works out they had a floor for drinking and chilling and another for dancing. \n\nThe bar is not fancy or anything though. I wouldn't make my way out to come here.

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★★☆☆☆

We went to Turtle Bay on a Saturday night and it was what we needed. It has two floor of space and the cover is $5 but it includes a well drink. \n\nWe had about 13 people in our group but we managed to find tables to sit down and chill. We checked out upstairs, which is a dance floor with loud dance music and we were not in the mood. So it actually works out they had a floor for drinking and chilling and another for dancing. \n\nThe bar is not fancy or anything though. I wouldn't make my way out to come here.

Pros: Cheap drinks

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I had my Birthday party here and we arranged an open bar with them, and for $30 I drank Malibu and Sprite all night long. We went upstairs cause we wanted to dance and there were a whole bunch of hot guys that we talked to all night and the bartenders made me get on the bar and dance. They bought us drinks and it was a ton of debauchery and fun!! Have your Birthday here! I want to do it again....

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★★★★☆

I had my Birthday party here and we arranged an open bar with them, and for $30 I drank Malibu and Sprite all night long. We went upstairs cause we wanted to dance and there were a whole bunch of hot guys that we talked to all night and the bartenders made me get on the bar and dance. They bought us drinks and it was a ton of debauchery and fun!! Have your Birthday here! I want to do it again....

Pros: HOT Guys! Fun atmosphere

Cons: Crowded

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There is a bartender named John who makes a great mojito. Ask for one, no matter how busy he is he will take the time. I freakin love to party and Turtle Bay is the place to do it.

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★★★★★

There is a bartender named John who makes a great mojito. Ask for one, no matter how busy he is he will take the time. I freakin love to party and Turtle Bay is the place to do it.

Pros: great bartenders

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In 2009 it is hard to believe that a low rent bar like this thinks they can get away with discrimination. I hope they are closed down soon.\n\nAvoid at all costs.

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★☆☆☆☆

In 2009 it is hard to believe that a low rent bar like this thinks they can get away with discrimination. I hope they are closed down soon.\n\nAvoid at all costs.

Pros: That it will be out of business soon

Cons: Everything

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This bar has rude, bigoted bouncers that discriminate patrons based on sexual orientation. Google ""nick adams turtle bay"" to read about it. The place is totally trashy, so I don't know why any respecting New Yorker would go here in the first place.

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★☆☆☆☆

This bar has rude, bigoted bouncers that discriminate patrons based on sexual orientation. Google ""nick adams turtle bay"" to read about it. The place is totally trashy, so I don't know why any respecting New Yorker would go here in the first place.

Pros: Many other bars in the area.

Cons: Bouncers are homophobic, food is nasty, dirty bar

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Different kind of environment than your average bar and grill. It's a bit classier and you'll find more suits there than you'd expect for the area. Fun place to hang out and decent bar food!

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★★★★☆

Different kind of environment than your average bar and grill. It's a bit classier and you'll find more suits there than you'd expect for the area. Fun place to hang out and decent bar food!

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I really usually don't write reviews, I've written reviews about one other bar but I felt it necessary to come tell everyone NOT TO COME HERE! First off, getting in is ridiculous. The place isn't even packed but there is a line. Once inside the bartenders would not pay attention to me or anyone standing around me. The whole crowd of people by my side of the bar was getting extremely frustrated. The manager made a pass at me in the grimiest way possible, my friends who came an hour after me waited on line forever, the bouncers were complete jerks, the drinks were not even filled to the top of the glass! and at one point i paid $54 for a round of drinks which is fine by me, but when i bought the same round from another bartender i paid $43, and then the original bartender charged my friend who bought the SAME EXACT round $64, hello??!! When my friend asked him whats up with the prices, the manager kicked him out, but said to me ""you can stay if you'd like"" no thanks weirdo, I am out with my friends and would not return. Everything in this bar is a joke. Except the music, so one star for the music and one star because the cops shut them down later on that night and that makes me happy.

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★★☆☆☆

I really usually don't write reviews, I've written reviews about one other bar but I felt it necessary to come tell everyone NOT TO COME HERE! First off, getting in is ridiculous. The place isn't even packed but there is a line. Once inside the bartenders would not pay attention to me or anyone standing around me. The whole crowd of people by my side of the bar was getting extremely frustrated. The manager made a pass at me in the grimiest way possible, my friends who came an hour after me waited on line forever, the bouncers were complete jerks, the drinks were not even filled to the top of the glass! and at one point i paid $54 for a round of drinks which is fine by me, but when i bought the same round from another bartender i paid $43, and then the original bartender charged my friend who bought the SAME EXACT round $64, hello??!! When my friend asked him whats up with the prices, the manager kicked him out, but said to me ""you can stay if you'd like"" no thanks weirdo, I am out with my friends and would not return. Everything in this bar is a joke. Except the music, so one star for the music and one star because the cops shut them down later on that night and that makes me happy.

Pros: music

Cons: everything else

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Gave $20 at the door then immediately found out my friend already paid for me and immediately asked for my money back and the lowlife who took my money started screaming at me telling me and my friend that my friend didn't pay for me. Total lowlife dirt bag. Anyway I went in for about five minutes. Way overcrowded with old, crappy, overplayed music blaring. Put this place in Hoboken and it will still be awful.

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★☆☆☆☆

Gave $20 at the door then immediately found out my friend already paid for me and immediately asked for my money back and the lowlife who took my money started screaming at me telling me and my friend that my friend didn't pay for me. Total lowlife dirt bag. Anyway I went in for about five minutes. Way overcrowded with old, crappy, overplayed music blaring. Put this place in Hoboken and it will still be awful.

Pros: None!

Cons: Sleazy, lowlife, thieves steal your money at the door

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I went with a friend who had a half-off happy hour deal, and the drinks were still neither good nor cheap. The manager taking food orders behind the bar came on to me. When he saw I had a boyfriend, he had his bouncer come tell my guy to either take off his hat or leave. This is after two hours of nobody having a problem with us, and other people were obviously wearing hats. It's not exactly Tavern on the Green, after all. The guys in the bar were the creepy, pink polo with popped collar crowd. The food was terrible, and several of us felt sick because of it. The pizza sauce tasted like it came out of a 79 cent can of bad tomato sauce. I will never go back there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went with a friend who had a half-off happy hour deal, and the drinks were still neither good nor cheap. The manager taking food orders behind the bar came on to me. When he saw I had a boyfriend, he had his bouncer come tell my guy to either take off his hat or leave. This is after two hours of nobody having a problem with us, and other people were obviously wearing hats. It's not exactly Tavern on the Green, after all. The guys in the bar were the creepy, pink polo with popped collar crowd. The food was terrible, and several of us felt sick because of it. The pizza sauce tasted like it came out of a 79 cent can of bad tomato sauce. I will never go back there.

Cons: Rude management, creepy patrons, bad drink deals

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Went with some friends to Turtle Bay for the first time on a Thursday night. We?d heard they had good bartenders and wanted to check it out. While the bartenders were nice enough, they could in no way make up for the rest. On our way upstairs we were offered a $30 open bar and before we could answer the check-in girls starting a screaming conversation to the people behind us that went like this: ?She?s here! No way! Ohmygod! No she?s not! She is! No!? ?all while blocking the entire stairwell. It took 5 minutes to get their attention back and get them to move out of the way for the huge line of people going up. When we got upstairs, it was filled way past capacity. No one could get to the bar. Luckily, we didn?t buy the open bar bracelets because you couldn?t possibly get more than one drink all night, so that would have been a $30 draft beer. \r\n\r\nBasically if you never untuck your button up shirt, enjoy dancing to hiphop with your arms above your head holding a bottled Bud Light, dig girls in fishnets and uggs, and think lack of breathing room is the sign of a great bar?you will love this place. \r\n

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★☆☆☆☆

Went with some friends to Turtle Bay for the first time on a Thursday night. We?d heard they had good bartenders and wanted to check it out. While the bartenders were nice enough, they could in no way make up for the rest. On our way upstairs we were offered a $30 open bar and before we could answer the check-in girls starting a screaming conversation to the people behind us that went like this: ?She?s here! No way! Ohmygod! No she?s not! She is! No!? ?all while blocking the entire stairwell. It took 5 minutes to get their attention back and get them to move out of the way for the huge line of people going up. When we got upstairs, it was filled way past capacity. No one could get to the bar. Luckily, we didn?t buy the open bar bracelets because you couldn?t possibly get more than one drink all night, so that would have been a $30 draft beer. \r\n\r\nBasically if you never untuck your button up shirt, enjoy dancing to hiphop with your arms above your head holding a bottled Bud Light, dig girls in fishnets and uggs, and think lack of breathing room is the sign of a great bar?you will love this place. \r\n

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I planned on having my birthday party here. Everything had been set up a week before, but when I showed up with 20 of my friends, the bouncers turned us away! They had reached occupancy and we could not get it. When I asked to speak with the manager/planner I was told that she was inside taking care of other people's parties and I was better off ""just calling her on Monday."" They even directed us to the bar nextdoor since they couldn't gurantee letting us all in. I recieved an e-mail from the planner on Monday asking my friends and I enjoyed ourselves and the extra hour of open bar. Needless to say, my friends and I never got in so I have no idea who she thought she gave the open bar to. She offered to send me gift certificates for myself and my friends and I took her up on the offer. Over a week later, I have not heard back from her nor have I recieved the gift certificates. If you are looking for a good place to have a birthday, DO NOT go to Turtle Bay.

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★☆☆☆☆

I planned on having my birthday party here. Everything had been set up a week before, but when I showed up with 20 of my friends, the bouncers turned us away! They had reached occupancy and we could not get it. When I asked to speak with the manager/planner I was told that she was inside taking care of other people's parties and I was better off ""just calling her on Monday."" They even directed us to the bar nextdoor since they couldn't gurantee letting us all in. I recieved an e-mail from the planner on Monday asking my friends and I enjoyed ourselves and the extra hour of open bar. Needless to say, my friends and I never got in so I have no idea who she thought she gave the open bar to. She offered to send me gift certificates for myself and my friends and I took her up on the offer. Over a week later, I have not heard back from her nor have I recieved the gift certificates. If you are looking for a good place to have a birthday, DO NOT go to Turtle Bay.

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I've been to Turtle Bay a few times and it's nothing special. Unpretentious, just your typical post-college meathead bar.\r\n\r\nHowever, I just spent the worst New Year's Eve of my life at this place. The crowd was the usual suspects, but for $125 I expected some class from the establishment (at least for one night). Open bar of top shelf liquor for them meant taking empty bottles of expensive liquor and filling it up with dollar store brands to trick everyone. Even with the cheap liquor, the bartenders will go out of their way to put as little alcohol as possible in the drinks. Several times I saw the bouncers physically hurt patrons by dragging them down the stairs and out into the cold. The worst was when I saw three bartenders drag a girl who was no more than 5'3 and less than 115 pounds down the emergency staircase into the 14 degree weather outside, with NO COAT OR SHOES, and would not let her get back into the coat check to get her coat. At the end of the night, I tried to leave way ahead of closing time to avoid the crowd and went to the coat check. Handed my claim ticket, waited 15 minutes, asked about my coat, bouncer looked confused, waited another 10 minutes, coat check girl asked me for my ticket (which I had already handed to her minutes before), she claimed that they couldn't find it, and it wasn't until I threatened to call the cops on them that she miraculously found my coat two seconds later. Overall the worst NYE ever and probably one of the shadiest experiences I've ever had.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been to Turtle Bay a few times and it's nothing special. Unpretentious, just your typical post-college meathead bar.\r\n\r\nHowever, I just spent the worst New Year's Eve of my life at this place. The crowd was the usual suspects, but for $125 I expected some class from the establishment (at least for one night). Open bar of top shelf liquor for them meant taking empty bottles of expensive liquor and filling it up with dollar store brands to trick everyone. Even with the cheap liquor, the bartenders will go out of their way to put as little alcohol as possible in the drinks. Several times I saw the bouncers physically hurt patrons by dragging them down the stairs and out into the cold. The worst was when I saw three bartenders drag a girl who was no more than 5'3 and less than 115 pounds down the emergency staircase into the 14 degree weather outside, with NO COAT OR SHOES, and would not let her get back into the coat check to get her coat. At the end of the night, I tried to leave way ahead of closing time to avoid the crowd and went to the coat check. Handed my claim ticket, waited 15 minutes, asked about my coat, bouncer looked confused, waited another 10 minutes, coat check girl asked me for my ticket (which I had already handed to her minutes before), she claimed that they couldn't find it, and it wasn't until I threatened to call the cops on them that she miraculously found my coat two seconds later. Overall the worst NYE ever and probably one of the shadiest experiences I've ever had.

Pros: unpretentious, not crowded during normal hours

Cons: staff, their special parties, management, bouncers, physical assault

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I'm writing this review b/c I had the best time last Friday at my 23rd brithday at Turtle Bay. The service was great, fast drinks no hassles for anyone in my group, just one big PARTY. The DJ was sick, I highly recommend this place, not to forget the hot bartenders. I'll definitely be back soon!

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★★★★★

I'm writing this review b/c I had the best time last Friday at my 23rd brithday at Turtle Bay. The service was great, fast drinks no hassles for anyone in my group, just one big PARTY. The DJ was sick, I highly recommend this place, not to forget the hot bartenders. I'll definitely be back soon!

Pros: Fast drinks, sick DJ, Hot bartenders

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My friends and I are regulars at Turtle Bay, and for a friend's birthday I called and asked if I could set up a party for her. We got the most AMAZING deal!!!!! I ended up getting an open bar special for all my friends that included beer, wine and mixed drinks for TWO HOURS!!!!!! The music is always fantastic, and the staff is hilarious. The bartenders are always getting up to do crazy dances on the bar, and they let the birthday girl get up and dance too! Such a good night. Service is great and friendly, the atmosphere is intoxicating, and we all had a BLAST for my friend's birthday!!!\r\n\r\nDefinitely recommend for parties, or Thursdays through Saturdays for a really great night of dancing and fun!!!

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★★★★★

My friends and I are regulars at Turtle Bay, and for a friend's birthday I called and asked if I could set up a party for her. We got the most AMAZING deal!!!!! I ended up getting an open bar special for all my friends that included beer, wine and mixed drinks for TWO HOURS!!!!!! The music is always fantastic, and the staff is hilarious. The bartenders are always getting up to do crazy dances on the bar, and they let the birthday girl get up and dance too! Such a good night. Service is great and friendly, the atmosphere is intoxicating, and we all had a BLAST for my friend's birthday!!!\r\n\r\nDefinitely recommend for parties, or Thursdays through Saturdays for a really great night of dancing and fun!!!

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I love this place. I've been a regular for months now, and the atmosphere just keeps me coming back over and over!!! Downstairs feels like a pub (GREAT food, try the fries) and upstairs comes fully equipped with a dance floor, seating along the sides, and AWESOME BARTENDERS! The even get up on the bar and dance sometimes!

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★★★★★

I love this place. I've been a regular for months now, and the atmosphere just keeps me coming back over and over!!! Downstairs feels like a pub (GREAT food, try the fries) and upstairs comes fully equipped with a dance floor, seating along the sides, and AWESOME BARTENDERS! The even get up on the bar and dance sometimes!

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I am a musicaholic....I go out weekly listening to the"" best "" live music in the city. I am a regular in all the ""music venues"". I have never been inclined to write about a band or artist I have seen. The other night I was not out looking for music but stumbled upon Turtle Bay by chance... the sound of the band playing drew me in from down the street. WHAT I DISCOVERED RIGHT THERE IN THE FRONT WINDOW WAS THE BEST LIVE MUSIC IN NYC... THE BAND ABSOLUTELY HAD ....""IT""....turns out... they are there every tuesday night .. for the last 11 years...and get this ...it is free....no cover...... and no minimum on drinks.\r\nThey played some cover tunes... good old school stuff...Cash, Allman's, Dead... but I especailly liked their original music... I even bought all three of their cd's... no disappointment there either....check them out if you want to hear some great acoustic rock -n - blues music. The guitarist is great.... the rhythm section smokes and the leader of the band sings with the passion and conviction of a man who has lives every word he sings. I think they go under the moniker of the Artie Tobia Band.\r\n\r\nAside for the music... Turtle Bay was comfortable. I especially liked the bouncer who made me feel welcome and at home. \r\n\r\nI will be back there frequently on Tuesday Nights!\r\n\r\n

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★★★★★

I am a musicaholic....I go out weekly listening to the"" best "" live music in the city. I am a regular in all the ""music venues"". I have never been inclined to write about a band or artist I have seen. The other night I was not out looking for music but stumbled upon Turtle Bay by chance... the sound of the band playing drew me in from down the street. WHAT I DISCOVERED RIGHT THERE IN THE FRONT WINDOW WAS THE BEST LIVE MUSIC IN NYC... THE BAND ABSOLUTELY HAD ....""IT""....turns out... they are there every tuesday night .. for the last 11 years...and get this ...it is free....no cover...... and no minimum on drinks.\r\nThey played some cover tunes... good old school stuff...Cash, Allman's, Dead... but I especailly liked their original music... I even bought all three of their cd's... no disappointment there either....check them out if you want to hear some great acoustic rock -n - blues music. The guitarist is great.... the rhythm section smokes and the leader of the band sings with the passion and conviction of a man who has lives every word he sings. I think they go under the moniker of the Artie Tobia Band.\r\n\r\nAside for the music... Turtle Bay was comfortable. I especially liked the bouncer who made me feel welcome and at home. \r\n\r\nI will be back there frequently on Tuesday Nights!\r\n\r\n

Pros: Best LIVE music in NYC

Cons: The band only plays on tuesday nights

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All I have to say is don't believe anything they tell you. Had a private party here (70ppl!) and had set on a price pp with downpayment and everything but the day of event they try to renegg on it and wanted to charge my friends more at the last minute. They even tried to charged some our friends who paid already, as marked on the guestlist. Our ""private"" space was opened to the public and they pushed us together with their own private party. Top shelf to them means dirt vodka and open bar means no shots??? What bar does not know the best way to get people to stop drinking is to get them drunk fast. I was truly embarrassed to have to explained to all my friends that they were not getting the deal they were paid for. They threw us in the corner knowing full well we couldnt back out at the eleventh hour with so many people coming. Their consolation is taking a shot with my friend and I. Seriously?? I've thrown parties before and have NEVER had to deal with this kind of dishonesty and scheming. I guess they just wanted our money for that night and don't care much about customer loyalty. \r\nIf I could I wouldnt even give it one star.

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★☆☆☆☆

All I have to say is don't believe anything they tell you. Had a private party here (70ppl!) and had set on a price pp with downpayment and everything but the day of event they try to renegg on it and wanted to charge my friends more at the last minute. They even tried to charged some our friends who paid already, as marked on the guestlist. Our ""private"" space was opened to the public and they pushed us together with their own private party. Top shelf to them means dirt vodka and open bar means no shots??? What bar does not know the best way to get people to stop drinking is to get them drunk fast. I was truly embarrassed to have to explained to all my friends that they were not getting the deal they were paid for. They threw us in the corner knowing full well we couldnt back out at the eleventh hour with so many people coming. Their consolation is taking a shot with my friend and I. Seriously?? I've thrown parties before and have NEVER had to deal with this kind of dishonesty and scheming. I guess they just wanted our money for that night and don't care much about customer loyalty. \r\nIf I could I wouldnt even give it one star.

Cons: too many

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Turtle Bay is a great after-work and weekend spot to enjoy drinks with friends. The bartending service is outstanding. They were all very attentive and made great mixed drinks (epecially the female bartender). The food is also very tasty and comes in good portions (I highly recommend the barbecue chicken wrap!) My friends and I will definately be making Turtle Bar our regular spot.

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★★★★★

Turtle Bay is a great after-work and weekend spot to enjoy drinks with friends. The bartending service is outstanding. They were all very attentive and made great mixed drinks (epecially the female bartender). The food is also very tasty and comes in good portions (I highly recommend the barbecue chicken wrap!) My friends and I will definately be making Turtle Bar our regular spot.

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The manager is an absolute maniac... he screams at the bartenders and dj like nobodies business.. My friends and I were horrified!! Overall the place was OK, but I'm not sure I wanna be in that scene again! Dollar mugs have their appeal but that only goes so far..

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★★☆☆☆

The manager is an absolute maniac... he screams at the bartenders and dj like nobodies business.. My friends and I were horrified!! Overall the place was OK, but I'm not sure I wanna be in that scene again! Dollar mugs have their appeal but that only goes so far..

Pros: Dollar Beers

Cons: Insane Manager

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went there for the new years party and was told top shelf liquor, not only was it not top shelf they wouldn't let us do shots and the female bartender was rather unfriendly. will not be going back there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

went there for the new years party and was told top shelf liquor, not only was it not top shelf they wouldn't let us do shots and the female bartender was rather unfriendly. will not be going back there again.

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This place is a rip off. My friends had reserved a private room for the night for NYE and was quoted $85 pp, gratuity included with a open bar top shelf. When I got there we were told that the private room that my friend had already paid for was unavailable. That's not even the worse part, when I got there they made me pay $115 even though I was told it was $85, the gratuity wasn't included and they didn't know what the meaning of top shelf was. They are a bunch of schemers. They are unaccomodating and very unprofessional. I will never go back to this place nor would I recommend anyone to go there either.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is a rip off. My friends had reserved a private room for the night for NYE and was quoted $85 pp, gratuity included with a open bar top shelf. When I got there we were told that the private room that my friend had already paid for was unavailable. That's not even the worse part, when I got there they made me pay $115 even though I was told it was $85, the gratuity wasn't included and they didn't know what the meaning of top shelf was. They are a bunch of schemers. They are unaccomodating and very unprofessional. I will never go back to this place nor would I recommend anyone to go there either.

Cons: They are a bunch of liars!

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Stay away from here. We went there this weekend to watch a football. It's overcrowded with slow service. We wanted to just leave so we asked for the bill. The waitress brought the bill back without the credit card. We confronted them and were told that it wasn't a big deal and that they probably just gave it to the wrong customer. Then the bouncer, who was obviously shot up full of steroids and tried to start a fight until will mentioned the words police, credit card theft and battery. The waittress got the manager who again said that it wasn't a big deal because they lose thousands of credit cards a week. Then we yelled at him, and he found the card within in seconds.

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★☆☆☆☆

Stay away from here. We went there this weekend to watch a football. It's overcrowded with slow service. We wanted to just leave so we asked for the bill. The waitress brought the bill back without the credit card. We confronted them and were told that it wasn't a big deal and that they probably just gave it to the wrong customer. Then the bouncer, who was obviously shot up full of steroids and tried to start a fight until will mentioned the words police, credit card theft and battery. The waittress got the manager who again said that it wasn't a big deal because they lose thousands of credit cards a week. Then we yelled at him, and he found the card within in seconds.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Entire Staff and Potential Credit Card Theft

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The Turtle Bay Grille & Lounge is by far one of the worst bars in New York City. The service by the bartenders was abysmal and the bouncers were rude and misogynistic. I have never been so badly treated in my entire life. NEVER go here.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Turtle Bay Grille & Lounge is by far one of the worst bars in New York City. The service by the bartenders was abysmal and the bouncers were rude and misogynistic. I have never been so badly treated in my entire life. NEVER go here.

Cons: Service, Bouncers

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This place has great happy hours, especially the $1 drafts on wednesdays. Outside of happy hour, it's not a place i'd really bother going. I don't know what one poster was talking about when he mentioned the women - the numbers and quality are subpar. The staff has always been cordial to me.

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★★★☆☆

This place has great happy hours, especially the $1 drafts on wednesdays. Outside of happy hour, it's not a place i'd really bother going. I don't know what one poster was talking about when he mentioned the women - the numbers and quality are subpar. The staff has always been cordial to me.

Pros: happy hour

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Our office always heads down to Turtle Bay for drinks. Great staff- two floors, tunes and food. We always have a good time. Solid hang out bar for after work

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★★★★★

Our office always heads down to Turtle Bay for drinks. Great staff- two floors, tunes and food. We always have a good time. Solid hang out bar for after work

Pros: happy hour, fun times, two floors, seperate restaurant

Cons: can get a bit noisy

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I must say BLAH.. Went friday about 1030PM...full of obnoxious, snotty, drunken folks...Bouncers must keep these people in check. Bouncers at the door were rude thinking this is a velvet rope establishment. Drinks were either over done or under done...

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★★★☆☆

I must say BLAH.. Went friday about 1030PM...full of obnoxious, snotty, drunken folks...Bouncers must keep these people in check. Bouncers at the door were rude thinking this is a velvet rope establishment. Drinks were either over done or under done...

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I think that Turtle Bay is a great local bar and restaurant. I come here regularly to hook up with my friends for drinks. When my family is in town, I bring them here for lunch. The daytime bartender is awesome. He's friendly and mixes a perfect cosmo. He also plays great music. The food is really good, in fact, surprisingly so for what I initially thought was just a bar. It comes out fast and the wait staff is very good. I always go during the day. Cocktail hour is fun, too. The crowd is a vey nice mix of local people. Lots of regulars, but it's a good place to meet, too. The night crowd is louder and more crowded. I don't usually go then.

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★★★★★

I think that Turtle Bay is a great local bar and restaurant. I come here regularly to hook up with my friends for drinks. When my family is in town, I bring them here for lunch. The daytime bartender is awesome. He's friendly and mixes a perfect cosmo. He also plays great music. The food is really good, in fact, surprisingly so for what I initially thought was just a bar. It comes out fast and the wait staff is very good. I always go during the day. Cocktail hour is fun, too. The crowd is a vey nice mix of local people. Lots of regulars, but it's a good place to meet, too. The night crowd is louder and more crowded. I don't usually go then.

Pros: Service, Fun, Great drinks and food

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It's a shame a fairly decent bar can be completely ruined by horrible service. The bouncer was COMPLETELY rude and out of line. He was literally screaming in my face because I had a hat on my head for 10 seconds (I'm female, and they apparently have a no hat policy). He was furious that I questioned him. I will never in my life return to this place. There much better bars in the area to chose from.

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★☆☆☆☆

It's a shame a fairly decent bar can be completely ruined by horrible service. The bouncer was COMPLETELY rude and out of line. He was literally screaming in my face because I had a hat on my head for 10 seconds (I'm female, and they apparently have a no hat policy). He was furious that I questioned him. I will never in my life return to this place. There much better bars in the area to chose from.

Cons: Horrible service

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spacious and inexpensive, great for happy hour or a sat night out with your friends. It's in a happening area that offers lots to see and do. They also haev good drinks specials and losof ttvs to watch the game.

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★★★★☆

spacious and inexpensive, great for happy hour or a sat night out with your friends. It's in a happening area that offers lots to see and do. They also haev good drinks specials and losof ttvs to watch the game.

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Turtle Bay plays host to college football fans from everywhere on Saturday. Sadly, the service staff are completely rude about accomodating games for everyone, even when there is the same game on two TV's next to each other. The fight isn't worth it. Secondly, the service at Turtle Bay is awful, awful, awful!! Forget about having a beer in one hand and a wing in the other. We got so frustrated with our waitress, who stopped by twice over the course of 2 1/2 hours, that we had to order everything from the bar. There are much better places to go and we definitely won't ever go back...

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★★☆☆☆

Turtle Bay plays host to college football fans from everywhere on Saturday. Sadly, the service staff are completely rude about accomodating games for everyone, even when there is the same game on two TV's next to each other. The fight isn't worth it. Secondly, the service at Turtle Bay is awful, awful, awful!! Forget about having a beer in one hand and a wing in the other. We got so frustrated with our waitress, who stopped by twice over the course of 2 1/2 hours, that we had to order everything from the bar. There are much better places to go and we definitely won't ever go back...

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Fun place... It gets a bit crowded but the bartenders are friendly, women are good looking and you've got a good chance at a buy-back every three rounds - overall a fun place to hang out and tie a load on.

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★★★★☆

Fun place... It gets a bit crowded but the bartenders are friendly, women are good looking and you've got a good chance at a buy-back every three rounds - overall a fun place to hang out and tie a load on.

Pros: Women

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like the atmosphere of the upstairs bar...high ceilings, fireplace, spacious rooms, cozy couches and nooks. friendly bartenders...just a MAJOR disappointment in the attitudes of the bouncers at the door. there is no need to give attitude to the group who is holding a private party in the upstairs room - we are bringing you business! overall an ok place

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★★★★☆

like the atmosphere of the upstairs bar...high ceilings, fireplace, spacious rooms, cozy couches and nooks. friendly bartenders...just a MAJOR disappointment in the attitudes of the bouncers at the door. there is no need to give attitude to the group who is holding a private party in the upstairs room - we are bringing you business! overall an ok place

Pros: good location, spacious bar area

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GO UPSTAIRS!!! The 2nd floor bar/lounge with 3rd floor catwalk lounge is easily the most impressive space one can find along the East Side 2nd Ave strip. There is a long bar area wide enough to accommodate large crowds, large screen tv's on the walls to view games, but not that do not dominate the atmosphere, and up front there is a large lounge are with several booths and a working fireplace. This is a great spot for drinking, dancing, and hooking-up. The dj booth is perched high above the lounge and the brick walls accentuated with proper mood lighting and artwork, work with the extremely high ceilings to create a very spacious atmosphere for the 20 something clientele. (guys must be over 23...that's a plus!!!)

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★★★★☆

GO UPSTAIRS!!! The 2nd floor bar/lounge with 3rd floor catwalk lounge is easily the most impressive space one can find along the East Side 2nd Ave strip. There is a long bar area wide enough to accommodate large crowds, large screen tv's on the walls to view games, but not that do not dominate the atmosphere, and up front there is a large lounge are with several booths and a working fireplace. This is a great spot for drinking, dancing, and hooking-up. The dj booth is perched high above the lounge and the brick walls accentuated with proper mood lighting and artwork, work with the extremely high ceilings to create a very spacious atmosphere for the 20 something clientele. (guys must be over 23...that's a plus!!!)

Pros: drink prices, great space, guys over 23

Cons: too crowded, hidden 2nd floor, too few waitresses

 

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