33 W 24th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001040.742984 -73.990931
Neighborhoods: Midtown South Central, Midtown
Need new management, great music and bartenders!! – My first 30 minutes in Gypsy Tea were horrible. I went to Gypsy Tea on a saturday night. Me and 4 of my girls had a flyer that said free until 1am and $1 shots until 1am. Truthfully thats why we went, we had never been there, decided to check it out and who doesn't want a few $1 shots? They gave us a hard time at the door about the guestlist and the flyer and getting in free, but after about 10 minutes we did all get in for free. (There was noooooo line, that was a plus!!!!!). Then we got in and the bartender (who was very very nice) said she knew nothing of this $1 shot deal and she would ask her manager. So we showed the manager the flyer and she said she was going to go double check and be right back. She never came back. She was very rude!!!!!!!!! I didn't see her for the rest of the night. (THE FLYER SAYS $1 SHOTS UNTIL 1AM ON MARCH 8TH AS WELL, SO JUST BE PREPARED!!) They are very unorganized and the people who make the guestlist, those who make the flyers, the bartenders,the "managers," and security must not communicate with each other at all. But after all of that the music was great, on the first floor there was a mix of hip hop, rap and r&b, and in the basement they played 80's, dance, and pop. The first floor was extreeeemly crowded, there is not much space to dance. The basement had more space and air, I'm assuming because of the difference in music. The layout is more like a lounge, especially on the first floor. Oh and a fight did break out, but considering how packed it was, they stopped it very quickly, removed those people and kept the party going.
A couple of notes:
The cover is usually $20
Shot of Patron: $14
Shot of Bacardi: $10
Coat Check: $4 per item
Greedy bartenders – A friend and I went to Gypsy Tea for a supposed Reggae-Soca night taking place on both floors of the club. We got there around 11:45P to my surprise we actually got in before 12A, and no one even asked us to pay or about a list, although we were on one. I know it was early for a reggae club, but when we got there, the bottom floor was occupied by another type of crowd, playing pop and dance music. Both parties shared the downstairs coat check, which was out of control and very unorganized, with a rude staff. The DJ was ok, only because I cannot listen to reggae all night and went at my friends request. I personally enjoyed the fact that he mixed in some rap and pop, but I can imagine the people who showed up for the Reggae-Soca party were quite disappointed. The club is very small, but my issue was with the bartender. I ordered a Margarita and an Apple Martini and paid $28 for a heavily-iced drinks in a plastic cups. I clearly calculated my tip amount on my reciept and that amount was NOT what was charged to my credit card. I cant stand greedy bartenders, and I know they already charge women more than men for the same drink. I hate to be ripped off and have considered contesting the charge just for the principle. Overall, I guess I had a good time, but it didnt live up to its hype, so I would not go back and am not surprised at its negative reviews.
AFTERHOURS SPOT – This place is not for Friday or Saturday nights......one of the best afterhour spots in the city. Best be there around 6 am 2 have a good time will usually run till noon.....Plenty of couches to lay around, decent dancefloor and very dark.....good place to close out a saturday night....This is not a fiffy spot and do not expcet to be treated like royalty.....go there to have fun with your crew....If you think 20 bux is too much to enter a club you probably shouldnt be going out.........
HORRRIBLE... i agree with previous reviews. – I went to this place on a friday night. I had to pay $10.00 despite the fact I was on a guestlist that stated ladies were ree by 12:30am in which i was there by that time... well for that price... it was totally not worth it. I brought a drink which was expensive.. teh crowd was wack and the main music they were playing was spainsh music. I have nothing against it.. but i was like hey wheres my regaee,hip-hop,80's,r/b, and rock? i mean not everyone likes spanish music. I left and went to Slate and of course like always had a BLAST> dont go to this place at all people. Save yoursel time and $$$
Worst place... – This place has no respect at all. I went to this place with 3 girls and they charged $100 for 4 of us. (yes even girls had to pay) Place is just a small match box... sound system is just a disaster... my computer speakers are much better.
I would like to make an official complaint about this place. If anybody knows the Clubs authority in New York please let me know and we will write a letter to them.
Packed with only Ok music – Ive read the reviews of this place after already going a few times, club does get very packed I have to say. First floor does not really have space to dance unless you dance in the isle where everyone has to pump you to walk past. Bsmt has a traditional dance floor but is smaller and doesnt play the same good music. The Dj doesnt allow the whole song to play, but more cuts to another track half way through. I would say if you are going with a group of friends and buy a bottle/get a table you will have a decent time. As for being single and going out to party try somewhere else.
Terrible Night Out – This is by far one of the worst spots I've been to in NYC. The staff was incredibly rude. We were on a guest list that was supposed to run til 12:30am. Guys were supposed to be 15 bucks to get in and girls free.. well we got ther at like 10 to 12 and wiated for a friend. We walked in at 11:58 and the girl at the door said the guys were 20.. i went and told the bouncer that he gave us the wrong tickets and his reply was "Sorry it's 12:01 am and we changed the guest list rules.. guys are now 20 after 12" So I said it was before 12 when we entered and he said that was"our problem" Real nice customer service. If it wasn't for my friends being inside for someones birthday we would have left. Then they played horrible music. The dj kept skipping from hip hop to hardcore rap then he'd play one dance song then 15 regatone songs and and then a few seconds of an 80's song. THere are supposed to be two levels.. but they only opened one b/c they said there wasn't enough people there meanwhile you couldn't even move around. It is by far one f the smallest "clubs" i've ever been in. It was maybe a room of 30' x 30' .. and that is pushing it. It took forever to get a drink and the drinks were extremely weak and served in plastic cups for 11 bucks a pop. Seriously horrible.. I wouldn't waste my time nor money nevermind a Friday night again on this dump.
great music, the crowd was ok – I absolutely LOVED the music. They play a mix of hip hop, 80s, rock and oldies. My friends and i had such a great time dancing. But the crowd was unimpressive and the cover was 20 dollars.
I recommend checking out Gypsy Tea on Friday nights – I must admit that I was intially turned off to checking out Gypsy Tea by reading the reviews on here but being the person that I am, I decided to check it out anyway.. and I'm very happy that I did. Being a native New Yorker who is pretty familiar with the nightlife scene, I know that with most clubs and lounges in the city, each night is different. So, with that in mind, I decided to go. Firstly, Gypsy Tea has to be one of the most beautiful clubs in the city. I loved the layout and how each floor is different from the other. In addition, the crowd was a good looking mix of people, the music was on point and the drinks were strong enough (I hate weakly made drinks). There was a certain energy there and everyone seemed to be having a good time. I was very impressed. I would definitely check it out again. I can't speak for any other nights there but I can definitely recommend Fridays there.
The worst club in NYC? – I agree with the earlier post - the staff doesn't honor any requests! Our party was promised comped tickets plus free drinks but neither happened. Plus, the staff tries to create an aura of exclusivity but they must be delusional. Gypsy Tea is the opposite of exclusive: It's beyond packed (which the male staff feels gives them permission to touch the clubgoers as they usher them up and down the stairs), plus had some of the most unattractive collection of people I've seen amassed in a NYC club I've seen in a long time. Stayed for ten minutes then went to Cain instead, which is exactly what a club should be.
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