“Fantastic bar with great ambience”
“Nothing wrong with a beer-soaked fraternity party, but the Dove is a nice exception.”
“the specialty drinks are tasty and unique, and while the little snack things in the cute tea cup don't really go very well with the drinks, i love em anyway because those too are really tasty.”
“The feel of the place is comfortable, the bartenders are as friendly as they come and they have a great selection of beers and wine.”
“great, grown-up place in a neighborhood full of college bars.”
“The waiters, manager, busboy, everyone was super attentive and just as friendly.”
“great conversation bar + creative inexpensive drinks”
“The Dove is the best bar I've been to in a long time!”
The Dove (Heartbreaker): What Happened to My Favorite Bar?. Dove! Why are your breaking my heart?? This is (was) my favorite bar in New York since I moved here in 2006...easy atmosphere, nice staff, delicious cocktails, so great to slip into those Victorian plush couches by the fire or the huge open window (oh spring nights!) and melt away my troubles with a delicious french lavender, cherry tart, sparkling brandy cocktail...or a generous pour of wine...best cheese plate in the city (with olives, toasted almonds, buttered bread, etc.), if not in the world. LOVE. But what's going on lately??? New manager, alias Scrooge+Heartbreaker? 1) first they stopped serving the free snacks (ok, this was circa winter 2006, but, whatever, I liked them) 2) happy hour is now $7 instead of $6. Not cool. 3) No more wine, and more importantly, no more prosecco, on the happy hour menu 4) No more happy hour at all on Fridays. Summary: Sorry, Dove...my unconditional love can't afford you any more...I would have given you ten thousand stars, but, after 5 years of loyalty, you've forced me to go to a new bar this Friday, and this feels like breaking up. Two stars, one little tear, and my itunes breakup/moving on mix to you. East Village bar explorations here I come...
Great Staff, but there's a Din.
I guess it's the acoustics... and the crowd. It looks like a quaint little place, hidden away underground on Thompson Street in the Village. But when you go it, it's so loud (not from music, but from every one shouting to be heard over everyone else shouting to be heard), that the quaintness dissolves in the cacophony.
The girls liked the place a lot. The staff was extra friendly and accommodating... allowing us to move around to better and better seats, until we finally ended up in the window! The waiters, manager, busboy, everyone was super attentive and just as friendly. I liked 'em a lot. The girls fell in love with them.
Our group seemed to have the only non-occidentals in the bar. Except for our server, the bar was so white I thought I was in West Virginia. Where did they come from? Who knew there were so many in New York City of all places?
The food was on the expensive side, with a small dish of Olives going for $6, and a dozen pieces of toast with various toppings, topping out at a whopping $30. It was good, especially the cheese mushroom, but not $30 good. The beer selection was okay, and normal priced at $6 for a tap beer. The food is what'll set you back. So make sure you've got some space on your credit card before you go in... and plenty of lung power to shout above the din. Oh yeah, bring your sunglasses, the whiteness of the crowd may be blinding. --Drink Club is a Roving Group of NYC Drinkers
I haven't been to The Dove, but upon reading the negative reviews by the whining yuppies, I can't wait to go. I'll be in NY next week for a vacation from bartending in San Francisco. I always use cash, never credit cards (I'm no fool), and I plan to ask to be served by the bitchy redhead?sounds like my kind of gal! I pride myself on my high negative ratings on YELP.
-Jack "The Hat" Yaghubian
Good Place Nasty Redhead Host. Not a bad atmosphere, hasn't been completely taken over by the hip crowd. The tea sandwich sampler was fantastic and generally the staff was helpful and pleasant. Except, avoid the red head female. She is completely rude and for no reason. The rest of her equals were great. We asked for a plug to charge a phone, she gave us the brush off and said "ya we don't do that." Another worker saw this and said.."go ahead there's one over there." over the course of the evening and her rudely interjecting and actually giving dirty looks we found that the phone had been unplugged and tossed to the side. In making eye contact with her, we got that "ya I'm the b%#CH that did that for no reason." So go there, but tell the redhead to f-off.
A bar with heart.... I just found out what The Dove is doing for their new years party and it kinda blew my mind. Get this, on what is probably one of the most lucrative nights of the year for any bar, they are giving all the money they make to charity! Wow. I work for a non-profit org. and let me tell you, we need more businesses like this in New York. The party sounds good too: open bar, absinthe (is it real???) and a burlesque show. If I was gonna be here for new years, I would have already bought my ticket. But I'm headed to Paris, so don't feel too bad for me!
Love this place!. I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite bars in the city. I've gone to the Dove a handful of times and always had such a pleasant experience whether I was on a date or just with friends after work. So last week I decided to throw my sister's 30th birthday party there. Of course, I always stress out when I am the host and I know how picky my sis can be, so needless to say, I was worried and wanted everything to be perfect. And it was! The Dove is so festive and pretty inside so its perfect for special occasions. We reserved a table ahead of time so we had space and the staff was so so kind to us...really lovely people. We ordered light snacks from the food menu and they even had these cute mini cakes. And its official, I'm addicted to the french lavender cocktail!
Please go elsewhere unless you like to be harrassed by staff. I've heard good reviews about this bar and went with a couple of friends for happy hour drinks. We were asked to move locations 3 times. After the third request, we politely declined. After that we were basically harrassed by the waitstaff and told that the table we were sitting on was reserved at 2 different times by 2 different waitresses. When confronted about the discrepancy, they scurried away and left us alone briefly. We then were told that the party for the table arrived 40 minutes early. Fed up,we left. In all my many bar experiences in New York, this is one of the worst bars I have been to. The drinks were inexpensive but not very good. There were too many hostesses/ waitresses (about 6 for this tiny place) whose job was to shift people around and be slightly obnoxious.The only positive is the beautiful decor.
Everything was wonderful except our waitress. Well it was my first time to the Dove Bar and I really must say it was quite lovely. The music was great, it was a nice and cozy retreat from the chilly streets of NYC..... Everything was almost perfect until I met our waitress. Now I worked in the bar industry for 6 years prior to my current job. I know everyone has a bad day but her complete lack of interest in our (15 person) table, general nasty attitude and abrasiveness stuck out like a sore thumb in the otherwise generally pleasant environment. Would I recommend it, absolutely, just don?t expect a warm welcome or a smile for that matter from your server or you may be disappointed.
Best Smelling Bar in NYC. I agree with everything the other users wrote. Nice place, nice bartenders, inventive drinks and the prices were competitive w/other bars, however, The Dove may very well be the BEST smelling bar in NYC. I have no idea how they did it but it has a very fresh and light candle scent, which as anyone knows is next to impossible to maintain in most any bar. I"ll be back for the smell alone! :)
Delicious!!!. I was so suprised to find out that the Dove has started serving food!!! And I was even more suprised at how good it was!!! The menu is light with cute things like tea sandwiches and mousse cakes that remind me of having lunch at the Plaza hotel -- it fits perfectly witth the dove's cute atmosphere. They also have unique cheeses to taste and these amazing marcona almonds that are totally addictive! The menu is pretty small and simple but with really sophisticated ingredients. And of course, everything goes well with all their fantastic red wines...
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