15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001740.752654 -73.977449
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
Campbell Apartment makes you feel like you're in another era. Beautiful bar, dark wood paneling everywhere. Drinks are strong and manly. Cocktail waitresses are young and beautiful.
dress code. – loose the no shorts policy in your dress code and dont let all the drunk santa's in during the holiday bar crawl. you have double standards and they are not fair
Quite lovely – The space is great. End of story.
Now I understand that people will be upset at the hostess for her "discretion" however, I am extremely thankful for this so I am not sitting there enjoying my drink with business partners and have Hank and Peggy Hill sporting their Birkenstock open toe - thank god for the white socks- mosey on up beside us taking pics for facebook. This is still Manhattan - even if it is in Grand Central Terminal.
Surprised by the poor reviews--I was impressed! – Some friends and I took a trip to NYC in April 2009 and The Campbell Apartment was the first place we went for a cocktail. Not only had a friend who used to live in NYC recommend it, another friend from CT suggested it as well and even met us there. When we got to the lounge, we were promptly seated (at 6:30 on a Friday night when it was starting to fill up with the afterwork crowd) by a hostess as pleasant as she was beautiful. Our waitress was even better--professional, prompt, friendly--just a doll! She even offered to take a picture of us before we left, which we loved even if we did look like tourists. The drinks were amazing, the people watching was worth it (there is no eye candy better than a man in a suit who knows how to wear it!) and the service was spectacular. Perhaps they've changed the dresscode since then (which I happily welcome and will dress accordingly when I visit again), but I have the picture to prove that everyone in my party was in jeans (except for my CT friend who was coming from work) and the staff did not even blink. I am returning to NYC next week, this time with my husband for a Valentine's Day weekend trip. The Campbell Apartment will be our first stop.
The worst service. – The service here is the worst of any bar I've been to in the past 10 years. Rude at the door, rude waiters. I love cool bars, but good service is paramount. You won't get it here. Go somewhere else.
Great Space, But Look and Leave Quickly!!!!! – Overpriced, rude, really rude, never had anyone be more rude. I could go on, but. life is too short and hopefully management of this gem will be too.
20s speak easy in Grand Central – Intimate, low lit place with the best 20s atmosphere - staff, music and drinks fit the bill too.... and that was on a Tuesday night!
Really unique – Went there there on a thursday with friends and was amazed at how beautiful the room was. The place was packed but it really does feel like a secret in grand central.
The hostess's were lovely and professional and after a drink at the bar we were seated near the front of the room.The only problem was are server who was wearing a suit instead of a cocktail dress like everyone else. she was very cold and abrubt and wouldn't smile at all. but who knows everyone has a bad day right? that aside I am looking forward to coming back for another drink. (and hopefully another waitress)
Is the owner reading these posts? – Although the space is great and very convenient, the hideous door staff are a real turn off - to the extent that I have stopped coming here and have steered my friends away. I have seen these gum chewing trogoldytes give perfectly acceptable trying-hard tourists the rudest up-and-down. Even if the place is misguidedly trying to create some kind of club vibe (ridiculous given the location and demographic), no responsible and/or decent owner would allow doorpeople to behave like that. I even saw a too-cool-for-midtown woman with a broken foot get turned away because she was wearing... ONE SNEAKER on her broken foot.
Can the owner of this beautiful bar please deal with the door issue!
Nice space, poor service – Tried to get a drink after work during the holidays. We were not permitted to sit down because we were not waiting for dinner. We will not return despite the beautiful surroundings.
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