Kingston Hall

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The owners of Ninth Ward bring Red Stripe and jerk chicken to the East Village with this 2,400-square-foot Jamaican-themed joint. Sip tropical cocktails, like the signature Drunken Coconut, a mix of the namesake fruit's liquid, spiced rum and pineapple juice served in a coconut shell. You can soak up all the boozing with Caribbean classics, such as coconut shrimp with mango chutney, conch fritters and a blackened snapper sandwich. The lavishly appointed space features four areas: a foliage-lined outdoor balcony; a billiard hall decorated with a fireplace and stained-glass windows; a private back room with fabric walls; and a main bar outfitted with brown leather banquettes and books, plus ill-considered props, including antique scales and other "drug lab paraphernalia."
Venue name: Kingston Hall
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Address: 149 Second Ave
New York
10003
Cross street: between 9th and 10th Sts, second floor
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Fri 4pm–4am, Sat 1pm–4am, Sun 1pm–2am
Transport: Subway: L to Third Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average drink: $7. AmEx, MC, V

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I've lived in NYC for a long time and never been treated this way by a bar/restaurant. I'd been here once before, had a great time with a group just before Thanksgiving. A couple of us decided to come back for some happy hour and fireplace action on a wintery Friday night. After returning from dinner (otto's tacos--delicious!), my friends and I were enjoying our beers on the stools by the back fireplace for a while, when (approximately 2 hours after we'd sat down) we were informed that we had to move because the area was reserved and the party was asking us to move (3 girls, having a quiet conversation on stools by the fireplace in a corner of the bar). Instead of a) informing us upon our initial arrival that the area had been reserved or b) offering us seats or complimentary drinks at the bar or c) just apologizing for the inconvenience, we were kicked out of our seats and asked to leave. The incredible rudeness by the bartender and manager was shocking. I would never come back here, or it's affiliates (Shoolbred's) again. I strongly encourage you not to go to this bar.