Where should I begin? Well for starters,I think that all of the bartending schools in this city do two things: #1-teach you bartending skills to help you become a bartender.#2- tell you anything that you want to hear to make their school attractive enough for you to invest your money,and attend their classes.In all fairness,after several weeks of shopping for a good school,I will say that I was not dissatisfied about attending Authentic.The teachers are pretty cool.Like most schools,some teachers are better than others.I can honestly say that when I completed my classes,I felt well equipped to go out and find a job.I did find a job as a bartender,but must say that I did so on my own.As all bartending schools promise you job placement help until your ears bleed from hearing them profess this,as I learned you will pretty much be on your own finding work.Also,don't think that you will find work right away.This will not happen.It took me almost four months to find work.As far as the atmosphere in the school,I must admit,I had a nice time,and it was overall,fun.The two things that I found to be down sides,#1- it seemed like there was not a whole lot of teacher student interaction.It was not an uncommon thing to find the instructors spending lots of time hanging out in the offices with the admissions people.(again,when the teachers did teach,it was enjoyable) #2-the classroom itself was a bit dingy.I think part of the problem is the so called,"clean-up time".Some students obviously took this more serious than others,but many were busy goofing off.A couple of instructors would try and discipline those responsible,but others seemed to care less.I guess as far as recommending this school to others on a scale of 1-10,I would say that I would probably give them a 6.Not saying because the school totally deserves this average for being so good.I just think that the other schools that teach these claases in NY,and just that bad.Out of all the questionable sales pitches,and lack of totally honest answers that I had gotten from numerous schools when I was searching where I should go,Authentic seemed to have the fewest of the obvious liars! LOL Would I do it all over again by attending their school? probably,but for no more than $400 bucks.Nothing personal,but none of the bartending schools is worth a penny more.