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The Lately (CLOSED)

Bars, Cocktail bars Chelsea
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

[Please note, this venue is now closed. Time Out editors, October 2019]

“We’re surrounded by assholes,” says the bartender at the Lately, which is squeezed between the exclusive rooftop lounge PH-D on one side and the underground club Electric Room on the other. He’s not wrong. The new bar—from LDV Hospitality (Scarpetta, American Cut) and Den Hospitality (the Garret)—is decidedly different from the nose-in-the-air 1Oak– and Tao-type clubs that pepper the neighboring blocks: The door policy is open, and the bartenders are quick to strike up conversations with lone imbibers or offer free shots to those who live in the area. And the rustic, wood-paneled barroom is warm as well, decked out in upscale cabin decor with a working fireplace, duck statuettes and forest-green walls. Even if the guests, primarily wearing clubgoing attire, might have been pining for the more-exclusive PH-D, the Lately is a refreshing addition to the ’hood for those who have been looking for something a little more magnanimous throughout the years. Better late than never.

ORDER THIS: The multipage cocktail list by Grant Wheeler is divided into three tiers: The first tier is filled with classic cocktails like old-fashioneds and margaritas, while the second and third build on those recipes in more elaborate concoctions. The Jaguar Shark ($17) from tier two is a pungent twist on a Negroni, equal parts bitter from the wine-based Lacuesta Rojo vermouth and celery shrub and fruity from strawberry-infused Hendrick’s gin and aquavit. The Ultramaroon ($15), a tier-three option, is self-referential of its pink color and tastes like a berry margarita, complete with salt on the rim, Cazadores tequila and watermelon-and-beetroot shrub.

GOOD FOR: A rejection-free night around the Meatpacking District. The Lately acts as a refuge for those bruised or fragile egos that have been turned away from the area’s pompous velvet-roped establishments but still want to party in a hip space. Plus, the large space has two floors, 20 bar stools, half a dozen booths and comfortable ottomans to accommodate the lot of you.

THE CLINCHER: Get to the bar before 10pm to lockdown counter space and nip your late-night cravings in the bud. On the bar’s “Munchies” menu, you’ll find NYC street-food–inspired snacks including a falafel gyro with yogurt and fermented Fresno chili sauce ($9), soft pretzels with beer mustard ($5) and curried chicken skewers with mint-yogurt sauce ($9). Scarf them down while chatting up the bartenders before the crowds arrive, so you can be, you know, not that asshole.

Details

Address: 357 W 16th St
New York
10011
Cross street: at Ninth Ave
Price: Average cocktail: $13
Contact:
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Sun 4pm–2am; Wed–Sat 4pm–4am
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Users say (2)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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Management is pompous and confrontational... Music is good. Drinks are decent. Decor is cool... but the management is low class and doesn't care about their customers.

Never buy tickets for an event here!! NYE line was 15min in 10degree weather because security was unorganized and didn't know how to scan tickets. We bought VIP Bluelight tickets but were moved from this VIP area because a manager wanted to put his friends there. The owner tossed our jackets and girls purses in the corner to make room for his friends. I asked the manager not to toss our jackets and purses in the corner and was kicked out for obstructing the 'resevered area' - for a group that didn't even have wristbands. Management is petulant and treats 'VIP customers' like garbage for their special friends. Maybe check out a happy hour, but do not support events for this frat club.

tastemaker

Had a great girls night out at the Lately on a Saturday night recently - not too crowded, great drinks, reasonable volume. We didn't make it upstairs, which I've heard is a lot of fun, but we loved hanging by the fireplace and having a more intimate night. Yes, this area of town can get a little crazy on the weekends, but this was a surprising change from the local scene!