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The Raines Law Room - 5 Reviews - 48 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011, New York, NY - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (212) 242-0600

The Raines Law Room

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48 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
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(212) 242-0600
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Best

Raines Law Room holds the top spot as my favorite lounge these days. I’ve been raving about it so much lately and can’t wait to go back there again! There are so many things I l...

Worst

Well we went there. We were greeted by an extremely polite, plausible and friendly doorman. He took out phone number. He told us he would call us in an hour. And we waited, and we...

Cocktail Hideaway 9/30/2012

LaughAttack001 Provided by Partner
Although the waits can sometimes be long, the atmosphere inside this faux speakeasy is perfect for an intimate drink with friends or a significant ... more

Waiting for Godot... 2/3/2011

Well we went there. We were greeted by an extremely polite, plausible and friendly doorman. He took out phone number. He told us he would call us in an hour. And we waited, and we waited and we waited and we waited...... To his credit he did eventually call back and I did appreciate the integrity of that. The problem is that it was around 2 hours later and by then we were back home having already had 2 drinks at another bar, some lovely sorbet and then taken a taxi back. So I guess the message is that conceptually this may have been a great evening out, but in the end we waisted alot of time and I would have preferred a more honest and frank assessment of the situation up front. more

One of the Best Speakeasy Lounges in the City 5/17/2010

Raines Law Room holds the top spot as my favorite lounge these days. I’ve been raving about it so much lately and can’t wait to go back there again! There are so many things I love and adore about this underground establishment; the bell at your table that rings your server, the plush décor and spaciousness of the entire lounge, the amazingly concocted cocktails that my highly skilled mixologist friend approvingly distinguished as top notch quality, the unusually friendly maitre‘d and waiters, the romantic bathroom!! Perhaps what tops it off is the open kitchen bar at the back of the lounge where fresh fruits and herbs lay abound. I literally felt like I’m in someone’s apartment kitchen! My one and only tiny complain is that the luxurious booths were too huge and somewhat far apart for conservations across the table. But it’s a non-factor and I wouldn’t sweat that at all. Another interesting thing that I found out, which most people don’t bother to, is what’s behind the name. For history buffs out there, Raines Law was originally established in 1896 to curb liquor consumption via banning the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday - except in hotels to hotel guests. Not surprisingly, dozens of "Raines law hotels" cropped up. Well, I think that Raines Law Room is a brilliant name and no lesser than an excellent reincarnation of a raines law hotel!! Pros: Almost everything from the cocktails to the decor Cons: No reservations more

Best reincarnation of prohibition cocktailing 2/25/2010

Raines Law Room delivers on one's expectations of what a speak easy should be. Or should have been. This is no Chumley's, there is no sawdust on the floor. (Oh Chumley's how we miss you!) Rather - Raines is well appointed with incredible attention to detail. Everything from the door bell outside, to the overstuffed velvet seating, to the bell pull for cocktails add to the experience. This is a wonderful spot for a quiet celebration, or to impress one's date. (Investigate their backstory on their site) I adore Raines and look forward to utilizing their patio once the winter snow clears. Pros: The endless list of cocktails Cons: None more

Worth the Wait. 3/9/2009

While this amazing new hot spot isn't the easiest place to get in, it is certainly worth the wait. The atmosphere is calm and the servers only come around when you pull the chain call buttons by your seats. This would make a great addition to anyone who loves the drinks of nearby Flatiron Lounge, but hates having to shout over the crowd. Pros: Great Atmosphere and Drinks Cons: Not cheap more
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Editorial

  • In true speakeasy style, this Flatiron lounge is accessed by way of a doorbell at the bottom of an unmarked staircase. Inside, exposed brick walls, brocade wallpaper, candles, tin ceilings, antique mirrors, fireplaces, and private booths wrapped in velvet curtains complete the secretive, underground lair motif. Each table is outfitted with a private buzzer used to summon the bartender, who quickly returns with an array of specialty cocktails designed by Milk and Honey alum Michael McIlroy. Weekends draw the usual well-heeled lounge-goers, while weeknights belong to a crowd of after-work types looking to socialize in style.

    Hits: In need of a night on the town, but still want to hear what your date is saying? This is the place for you.

    Misses: Reservations are not accepted, and the bar does not accommodate parties larger than six people. Once all the seats fill up, guests are told to wait.

  • 2/1/2009 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Flatiron District
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