212 Avenue A, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.729856 -73.980786
Sun, Tue-Wed 5pm-3am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Alphabet City, East Village
great mixed crowd and atmosphere – went there on both friday and saturday nights this past weekend. the dj was playing great music the whole night and the crowd was really into it. good looking girls and lively staff. my date and i had the dumpling tasting which was of chinatown authenticity. try the green tea and lychee martinis when you're there
Great Bar! – I love this place-- it's a great bar-- fun, accomodating, and open till 4am!! Not too upscale, but nice enough that it isn't grungy... and very fun!
a different world – the minute you step into this place, you know you've been wisked away to the far east. From the traditional samurai garb on display to the authentic untainted cuisine, this place is one of my favorite true new yorker spots. What I mean is the the crowed is always so mixed and eclectic, i've seen celebrities, pro skaters, wall st. execs, service industry people, and even some models. Not only is the scenery asthetically pleasing but the food is uncompromised even at 3am!. My only complaint is that when it gets busy it take a little longer for the food to come out, but that is easily remedied by my fav the sake martini. This place is truly one of the last true spots that has its own unique flavor that people obviously love to taste.
lower east side hot spot – I used to live in the LES a few years back and I remember when this place first opened. A friend had a birthday party there last weekend and it is STILL one of the top hot spots of this neighborhood. Where do I start? Food, incredible. I STRONGLY recommend to try something other than typical menu items and go for the short ribs over rice, black cod, sea bass, or duck (there are two dishes that are great). And of course the salt & pepper squid which is on par if not better than even Chinatown's jewel restaurants. The drinks are amazing, the lychee martini, green tea, and mango are awesome. They have an extensive sake menu as well and if you ask they will even let you taste it! The service is impeccable. Friendly, fast, courteous and detail oriented. I love the diverse crowd.
I have tried the rest this is the best. – I have been to tons of places in the city and there has never been a place like this. The food is orgasmic, the drinks are some of the best in the city, and the staff is some of the coolest people. Everyone that I have ever brought there falls in love after a few minutes in the place from the ambiance to the food this place is definatly my reccomendation.
A MUST GO... – I came here last week and the service, food, music, ambiance, owners, everything, was exceptional. Forbidden City has a great selection of sake's but don't forget to also try the lychee martini --> mmmm, made to perfection! the place is good for a late night snack and with the bar being 'U' shaped, it's perfect to be checking out the good looking crowd and waitstaff, including the kind and cute owners. forget the lame cover-charging lounges, i would definately come back here again!
Making that extra effort – Went there on a Saturday night and got seated at the bar, right before the mad rush of barhoppers came in. The food came out late, but we didn't notice since my date and I were enjoying our Sake and martinis (hint: try the Lychee Martini and the Last Emperor). Before we got our entrees, we asked the waitstaff if we could get seated in the dining area, since the prospects of having dinner with a bunch of people doing shots behind you isn't very pleasant. We were seated promptly and when our entrees came out, Paul, the owner, apologized for the delay in our food coming out and took it off our bill. Now that is exceptional courtesy especially since neither me or my date complained about it. Every person we interacted with there was extremely nice... oh yeah, and the food was awesome too.
Girls Girls Girls – I've become a fixture at this place b/c the owners and staff are so friendly and always having a good time. The vibe is like a house party, everyone is having fun and new faces are always welcome. The food is amazing. Where else can you find a pan-asian cuisine with uncompromised flavor and quality late at night. The staff are good looking, so is the mixed crowd. People start filling in around 11pm, so find a seat or you'll be standing for the night. The owners are gracious hosts, they know everyone who comes in the door, and if not they make it a point to get to know their clientelle. Plenty of eye candy. Lookin for a party like vibe, but dont want a $20 cover? forbidden is perfect, no cover, excellent food, good looking crowd, friendly owners, great music, and one my favorite places in the city.
great spot! – I have been going to FC for a while now and the place is just amazing! From the owners, to the bar and wait staff to the guy who cleans the dishes, everyone there is really cool and friendly. The food is very tasty and a perfect compliment to the excellent cocktails that are unique to Forbidden City. If you're not into those, they also have a full bar of "regular" liquors and some fantastic beers.
the place to be! – I don't know what the 'nightmare' thread is talking about but I had my party of 35 ppl and had the best time ever. Music was great and so was the mixed crowd. The servers were very accomadating and informative. They also sent us a couple round of shots and the owner came out to personally wish me a happy birthday. I definitely recommend this place for parties.
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