Mr. Purple

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Mr. Purple

It hardly bodes well when a new spot suffers a virtual thrashing by local media before it’s even opened the doors. But that’s exactly what happened when Lower East Siders caught wind of the latest project from the Gerber Group (Irvington, Kingside): a 15th-floor bar that crowns the Hotel Indigo and takes its name from the late guerilla-gardening icon Adam Purple. Detractors claim that Purple—a modern-day hippie who dedicated years to fighting urban decay—would have scoffed at such an appropriation of his name, while the owners defend the choice as being in-line with their commitment to the nabe. (Separately, but not insignificantly, Purple himself was a controversial figure: He was a convicted sex offender.)

Name dissention notwithstanding, the reality is that Mr. Purple is neither as wild as naysayers would have you believe (there’s no dance floor) nor as exclusive as its proprietors surely hoped it would be (it’s refreshingly unpretentious). Instead, it strikes a middleground befitting its surroundings, with an overzealous bouncer failing to dampen the surprisingly relaxed fun, well-crafted cocktails and unobstructed views.

ORDER THIS: Veteran barman Nico Szymanski (Irvington) centers the cocktail menu ($15 per drink) on festive punch-style pours and pre-bottled elixirs. For a lightweight sipper, the eponymous Mr. Purple spikes an autumnal mix of apple juice and allspice dram with Casamigos reposado tequila and tart cranberry liqueur, while a stealthily boozy Girl Next Door splashes stiff vodka and mildly bitter Byrrh with mint, blackberries and soda water. Impatient boozers can grab a ready-made cocktail—mixed, carbonated and bottled in-house—such as the Bottled Usual Suspects (Pyrat XO rum, falernum, pineapple). 

GOOD FOR: Bar-bite standards amped up with ingredients sourced from homegrown favorites. From the kitchen, all-day offerings range from cast-iron mac and cheese baked with Beecher’s Flagship cheddar ($14) to Hebrew National hot dogs cooled with Pickle Guys sauerkraut ($10). Drop in during weekend afternoons for a brunch menu featuring requisites like eggs Benedict ($21), along with fun imports including knishes from Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery ($8).

THE CLINCHER: Round up the squad for a night out—there’s plenty of space here for big-group boozing. Couches are set in a living-room-style arrangement around the perimeter, with rows of communal tables filling in the middle beneath reclaimed-wood rafters and industrial pipes. During warm months, the revelry sprawls across two terraces sporting a swimming pool and 6,000 square feet of panoramic outdoor space. Mr. Purple may have stepped on a few toes with its name choice, but it does a damn good job of honoring its neighborhood with that one-of-a-kind cityscape.

By: Dan Q Dao

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Venue name: Mr. Purple
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Address: 180 Orchard St
New York
10002
Cross street: between E Houston and Stanton Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-4am; Sat, Sun 10am-4am
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St
Price: Average cocktail: $15
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tastemaker

WHAT A SCENE! If you can get in without waiting in the usually massive line, just take the opportunity and go. The views are amazing and it's definitely really fun on a nice day. But that line truly sucks.

tastemaker

I went to this rooftop for the fourth of July weekend and was pleasantly surprised with a very spacious venue. You have it all in one, a bar, a rooftop pool as well as an open dining area where you can also enjoy a sunny afternoon while grabbing some bites. It is a very picturesque rooftop that offers great city views as well as a very comfortable indoor area where you can sip cocktails while enjoying the AC on a hot summer day. The quality of the cocktail did not truly impress me but the set up itself made the visit an unforgettable one. I am definitely going back with friends in the near future. I recommend you stop by on an early afternoon to prevent waiting on line for a long time thus taking advantage of the first spots in the rooftop to truly get the experience of it. People are friendly and the atmosphere is a very laid back summery scene.


Stopped by here recently for a private event. It was my first time here so I didn't know what to expect. First off it sits atop a hotel in the Lower East Side. Once you get off the elevator, you walk right into the space. The space is gorgeous, with phenomenal views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The drinks were great, a little pricey but they hit the spot. My only gripe is that wait times for drinks could be annoying.


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Staff copied my friends bank card!! Took out 4 transactions of different amount around €500- 600. We had a minimum spend of $600 and we spent that but only one transaction!!! Not a further 3of the same amount.

Then got a call from the bank the following day stating the bank card had been copied. Card needed to be immediately cancelled.

Tried to contact me purple but no reply. I think this is disgusting to say the least.

The bank card was handed to staff behind the bar... and it was the only time it was used.

Wouldn't advise going back here.


Loved this place so much that I stopped by 2x in one week & both nite were entertaining. Dropped by at during a hot summer nite & found that there was an line with an hour + to get in. Lucky for us we're meeting friends for a bday celebration & we were walked straight to the elevator & 2 mins later the doors opened to a sleek lounge full of plush sofas & table tops and stools. You can't help but want to walk around to take in the sites and sounds if 2 rooftops. Either serves up great views of the city, but the most popular would be the deck with the pool & out door bar where you will find more tables w/stools & lounge chairs poolside. A posh crowd at nite & a laid back sexy during the day for brunch. Dropping in for brunch means you avoid the crowded lobby of the revelers waiting to get in, allowing you to see a huge "Life Is Beautiful" piece by street artists Mr. Brainwash which is totally Instagram/Facebook worthy. Every corner offers a different Mr. Brainwash piece which sets the vibes for all the other amazing pieces of art that you will find between the 14th and 15th floor. If you want a place with a little more swag than your usually LES spots....Mr. Purple is for you.

tastemaker

Amazing views of the city! I suggest going on a random weeknight to avoid ridiculous lines. Make sure you go to watch the sunset! The drink are yummy, yet pricey! I ended up sticking with w cider, but I will definitely try a cocktail next time. The pool gives the rooftop a chill vibe.


Totally agree with Lily's review below...amazing views especially for LES, but I had to wait for 30 minutes just to get in when I was first in line and the bouncer said it would be just a few minutes. Once on the rooftop it was not too crowded and the drinks were good. I was leaning on a table and a waitress came over to me with a nasty scowl on her face asking if I had reserved the table and then told me to move. I guess it's best to make a reservation to skip the line and have some space, or just head to the rooftop at the DL or Hotel Chantelle. 

tastemaker

Mr. Purple has amazing views of downtown NYC, so it is definitely worth checking out, but I would say skip it for a night out and check it out during the daytime. At night, the lines are incredibly long and there is a very pretentious air about the whole place... though once you get upstairs the crowd is only decent and the place is fairly empty. There is also no dancing - just completely lacking atmosphere. I threw a bachelorette party here recently for a friend, and while the drinks were flowing (at $75/person for a 3-hour open bar and a not very great table location), the process of booking this was not great.


I would recommend Jimmy at the James as opposed to Mr. Purple. 

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Great rooftop spot away from the obvious views of Midtown. Solid cocktails with a number of signature twists, like bottled Mules and Negronis, and bar snacks including flatbreads and tender calamari. Surprisingly large outdoor area with a rooftop pool and relaxed atmosphere.