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Sutra Lounge - 80 Reviews - 16 First Ave, New York, NY - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (646) 833-0539

Sutra Lounge

16 First Ave (at Between 1st Street and 2nd Street)
New York, NY 10009
(646) 833-0539
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Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
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Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
Sutra Lounge - New York, NY
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I have been going here every weekend for quite some time for these reasons... - Guaranteed great tunes - I'm a big music fan and you can count on there being good music most nigh...


I was disappointed to have my birthday party at Sutra, Lets just say dont get deceived by the website and clip they show. Old furniture, much smaller than what you'd expect, I mea...

Favourite club 5/16/2011

I have been going here every weekend for quite some time for these reasons... - Guaranteed great tunes - I'm a big music fan and you can count on there being good music most nights of the week- mostly hip hop / party classics - Love the venue- it's cosy, dimly lit, and pretty mirrored mosaics on the walls, and golden buddha features - Friendly, fun, down to earth vibe. That pretty much says it all. more


I'm not quite sure what "contraire" is talking about... But au contraire my friend... Sutra has been a staple go-to spot for me and my orderly party people for months now! From the great music you refer to as noise to the service (always courteous), Sutra has consistently been reliable. For the sake of fun and stress-relief at the end of a long day of work, outlets such as Sutra are a valuable necessity in any neighborhood. It's a fact that bars aren't for everyone. But, please don't angrily lash out with blatant personal vendettas in a stiff, dry, and, dare I say, disgusting effort to build a case against all law-abiding bars in the city. Now that that's out of the way... I'll go back to planning my next Sutra gathering. Thank you and good night. more

They do their business at their neighbor's expense 3/29/2011

We who are most well acquainted with this god-awful place are not patrons but those nearby who are victimized by their business practices. They cannot run a club, it seems, without making hundreds of people suffer. The noise, which goes on till closing, is unbearable. Their patrons, drunk and disorderly, fill the street, because they do not understand that it is not good business to liquor up people too violent and drunk already. It is disgusting that any business in this city should operate at the expense of the neighborhood in which they are situated. Too often it has been the epicenter of disturbance and violence. This is not a viable business. It is a dangerous nuisance. more

Reservation is a Rip Off! 1/29/2011

I recently went to the Sutra Lounge to celebrate my husband's birthday and "Reserved" a table space for him and a few of his friends. While my husband tried to find parking, I had no problem entering the club but my husband and his friends had a really hard time entering. We were told by an Asian man at the door that he would show me to the reserved area and when my husband arrives he would escort them in. When my husband got to the door, a very unprofessional black bouncer told him that everyone had reservations here and that he needed to go to the back of the line and wait like everyone else. My husband asked him "if everyone has a reservation, what makes the club so special". After arguing back and forth with this man, I received help from a blond waitress who asked the Asian man to please let my husband and friends come to our reserved area. Upon entering the lounge, it was hot, stuffy and the steam maker had a foul smell. The so called "Reserved" area had other people sitting there already which the waitress had to make them leave. We were given a very limited list of bottled drinks, an ice bucket and some cheap plastic cups. We had barely any room to dance....needless to say, we made the best of a cheap experience. The space is not worth paying over $200 and there was nothing special about the experience here. The music was ok and I believe the DJ is a little over rated. I advise that if you go to the Sutra Lounge, please don't reserve and just pay the door will have the same experience and keep more money in your pocket! more

Dazzling Birthday 3/29/2010

Sutra Lounge made my Dazzling Decade Kickoff (aka birthday) party such an awesome experience. From the moment I called to make the reservation to the moment I got to the door, I was treated with the utmost professionalism. Two gentlemen walked me towards the VIP area and formally introduced me to our server for the evening, who was both sweet, hospitable, and very accommodating. My party guests felt so great enjoying one another's company in their own privacy and comfort, and having a bottle of GreyGoose and mixers right at their fingertips. The bouncers made me feel like a goddess, showering me with "Happy Birthdays" and looking out for my guests. The music, overall sexiness, and vibe were perfect for us, too. Our photos are hot! I'll recommend Sutra to anyone and everyone I know, and plan future events with them. SUTRA rocks! Pros: Amazing staff and sexy vibe more

Shake Your Groove Thang 1/31/2010

Don't really care to get a great deal on drinks and just want to dance your butt off, well Sutra is the place for you. Located at the border of the LES, East Village, this lounge is a cross between an Indian hideaway and a sultry red velvet room. My friends and I decided to head out to Sutra because we felt like dancing. The DJ made us happy and we didn't need to get to the bar in the front. There are 2 floors but we generally stayed upstairs to enjoy the hip hop classics and radio jams of now. Pros: Music, Decorations, Back Room Cons: Drink Prices more

Great Party on Halloween 11/5/2009

I reserved the back room of Sutra for a Halloween party. The mgt was very accommodating. The waitress Liza was amazing. The night was really fun, great music, and cool atmosphere. Will definitely be back. more

Great Party Place!! 11/5/2009

Came into town last weekend for my friends bday party, I didn't know what to expect but this place was so luxurious and classy. Tons of good looking people roaming around ;). I got there kind of early and was chatting with the bartenders, they recommended this new drink TYKU. They made me a TYKU mojito and it was in a whole other category of good drinking!! so light and refreshing, supposedly it has less calories too! I was hooked, and bought a few rounds for the bday girl. Soon everyone started piling in and it turned out to be an unforgettable night!! Pros: music, decor, and DRINKS! Cons: lines more

Fabulous! 7/29/2009

Wonderful atmosphere, great music! Staff is friendly & know what they are doing. Come out just once & you will be hooked! Dance the night away & meet a Hip-Hop legend or 2! The great DJ Tony Touch always has the dance floor crowded & the beautiful and talented DJ June will have u groovin to great music! So come to Sutra more

Had a Blast 7/19/2009

From the out door staff, to the indoor staff. I was treated like VIP. My party was about 20ppl. I had a table and bought a bottle. This little curly hair dancing cocktail waitress attended us. She was pleasant to us all night. The DJ was on point. He played all my favorite tracks. My party had such a blast that we ended buying one more bottle. We stayed till the DJ called last call. Thank You Sutra for making it such a great night. Ill be back... Pros: Staff, DJ on point, decor, female and male ratio. Cons: They close at 4 am more

Great place to go chill 7/14/2009

I've been there 3 to 4 times and had an awesome time! more

Had the greatest wedding 7/5/2009

One of our children wanted to get married in New York. The staff of Sutra made it a wonderful event. I doubt that any other place in New York would have done so much for us. Pros: Great staff and service. magical wedding more

Great Place to have a Party 7/5/2009

The best place to host a party! I just hosted my husband?s surprise birthday party at Sutra this past weekend (Friday night) in the Elliptical Room and it was fantastic. I was able to bring my own food and decorations with out any problems and our waitress, Liza, was extremely nice and did an excellent job making sure we had everything we needed. The DJ was on point, playing hip-hop and reggae. We had a little over 40 guests, which was fine because people were in and out of the room. The only downside to the club were the bouncers. There was a very long line outside and a few of my guests were waiting outside, so when I asked the bouncers to let them in for the party, they said NO and told me to come back in 10 minutes!! I immediately told Liza and she spoke to the bouncers and I was able to get my guests from the long line and inside for the party. My husband and our guests all had a great time. Thanks Sutra! Pros: Service, Music Cons: Bouncers more

It was Great! 3/24/2009

I had my party in the elliptical room sat night. It was great. The manager was great, so was my hostess! The door was a little chaotic but the security guys were great also. They just had me bring my friends to the front. Dj rob flow was great also. Pros: Great Service Cons: Busy Door more

I will never recommend to my friends 1/9/2009

I visited the lounge on January 9 along with 2 of my other friends. We arrived a little before 9:00p.m. We entered the club to find only ourselves and 2 other parties. We looked over the place and picked a perfect spot in the corner. Shortly there after I went to the ladies room and was approached by the bouncer informing me that I had to check my coat. I replied to him was it the lounges policy,because my coat was being attended to and not just thrown over seats to take up space. The bouncer replied well the manager told me to tell you. At this point we were only there for about 10minutes and I was already a little bothered because one large party had all there coats on the seating area and nothing was ever told to them. I checked my coat and so did the rest of my party. Soon after the waitress comes over to our table once we had been sitting there for over 15minutes and places a reserved sign on the table in front and next to us. At this time and never before the young lady says these two tables are reserved and you have to move when they come. Question is where they reserved cause we were siting there,because it was not reserved when we the club opened. FYI they informed us it was for bottle service when their VIP table was empty. We sat down and everyone else was being served not once did the waitress(cause there was only one) came 2 ask us if we would like a drink. After going 2 get our own drinks from the bar and being there over 30 minutes then the waitress proceeded to address us. These very important people did show up and we were dismissed and disrespected from the owner to the waitress in the lounge. I will never go back. Cons: The customer service was lacking in every way. more

VIP All The Way! 12/8/2008

For all those who've posted negative reviews...I just don't understand. My experience was completely different. Yes Sutra isn't huge...but how many NYC spots are? The decor was sultry and inviting NOT low budget as some suggest. Sure they have a no nonsense approach at the door when they reach maximum capacity but it's great...they think about the safety of their patrons not making money. No one in my party had an issue at the door..they were let in pretty quickly. I actually booked my birthday party in the private room off the main dance floor. I coudn't have asked for better service all the way around. We had our own bouncer to ensure privacy, our waitress Eliza was one of the best we've ever had! She was a constant presence making sure we had everything we needed and was fun and engaging but kept it professional at all times. The music was a myriad of flavors. The DJ played something for everyone and mixed it up all night. The vibe at this place was exactly with Ariel said it would be....fresh and $exy. Thanks Sutra....see ya next year! Pros: Great for private parties. Music is great Cons: it instead more

always a great place to party and have a great time with friends 11/16/2008

i have been to this lounge previously for couple of my friends birthdays. so i decided to book a party here for a friends birthday last friday and it was a blast. the party was a last minute event the place accommodated me and my group. everything went perfect from the reservations to the door to the staff and bartenders. the dj was good and it was crowded upstairs, but there was the downstairs where it was a little cooler than upstairs and it was not so crowded. the door staff was on point in terms of security and their policies. the bartenders were quick and acknowledge everyone in my group when they needed their drinks. no complaints here and all of my friends had a good time. Pros: location and staff Cons: Bathroom lines more

Very Happy that I Picked Sutra! 8/10/2008

My friends and I had a great time at Sutra this past Saturday. I especially loved the fact that the manager came out to greet us when we arrived. Our waitress was very accomadating and nice to us, she was always available when we needed her, and thou the place was at capacity our service did not suffer. The elliptical room was very pretty and everyone really enjoyed the exclusiveness that came with it. I had a great time celebrating my 21st and I'm very happy that I picked Sutra. Pros: Excellent service even when packed more

Fabulous Private Party! 6/24/2008

This review is definitely owed to Sutra Lounge and their staff! I just turned 30 and since the ending of last year, I was shopping venues etc to plan a private birthday party. I googled lounges in NYC and Sutra showed up on the list among others. After speaking with a staff person and receiving some basic info, I was impressed by that and the pictures from online. After visiting Sutra in person, this was the perfect place to hold my event. Fast forward a few months into early '08 and I continued my monthly email reminders about my party date. After finalizing my contract in Mid May, the excitement and questions flooded in. All staff were very helpful and reassuring with everything. I held my party on a Sunday evening so that I could have invitees only. Sutra's great offer was irresistible! How could I say no? The ambiance the night of my party was fantastic. It was dimly lit inside with candles, incense and rose petals.. they even let me use the tv above the bar to play a dvd with pictures of me the entire night. I was also able to add little candy bowls and touches where I wanted. Overall, my guests LOVED the venue and the staff and owner were great the entire night. I would host another event at Sutra anytime! Shout out to the Ariel, Francesca, John, Dino and the rest of staff on-site Sunday, June 22nd! Sincerely, Vikki more

Great Service before my Tour of Service! 6/2/2008

I had a party at Sutra last Saturday night and wanted to thank them for letting me have my party there and for treating me and my guests so well. Big up to Sutra and their was sucha great night and it will help a great deal while I'm away in Iraq. Thank you! Pros: Great Service for Service Men more
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Owner Message

  • Sutra Lounge is know for its undeniable vibe, laid back yet sophisticated decor and central East Village location. Sutra appeals to all walks of life and caters to events large and small with two floors, two bars and two DJ booths. We provide full service packages, which include catering from a range of cuisines, open bar deals as well as full bottle service. Private rooms include a red velvet Champagne room, the Main Room and the underground Chakra Lounge reached by an ornate mirrored mosaic stairwell. Sutra's unique esthetic is an ideal venue for a variety of events including corporate, promoted and private celebrations, as well as television, film and fashion location shoots.

    21+ w/valid I.D, no exceptions

    For more info check out or call us at 212.677.9477 (Office Hours: 1pm-6pm)


  • In Short
    The upstairs bar and lounge glows in shades of red, with the velvet draping and the low lighting adding to the sexy air. Another party rages just down the mirrored stairs. The cave-like basement room has a separate DJ and bar, with tight seating. The velvet rope seems mere formality most nights and doesn't deter the young, diverse clientele.

  • 5/11/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tuesday- Thursday: 10pm- 4am Friday & Saturday: 9pm-4am Monday & Sunday: Closed ............................................................................................. Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 1pm-6pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, American Express, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, East Village