244 East Houston, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.722235 -73.985714
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
GREAT DRINKS – STAY has never failed me. Potent drinks, friendly service, and the best music make this LES venue such a palatable solution to all the dive bars in the area. If you want a great cheap drink, but don't want to sacrifice your environement, STAY is the place to be.
Hip, Open Space Makes You Want To STAY – It's easy to miss the place, even with an address on the main drag of east houston. but it seems like that's part of its appeal, unpretentious and undiscovered.
I went earlier one evening with friends and had a chance to check out the atmosphere before the crowds descended but had such a good time that we decided to stay until early morning.
the bartenders, barbacks and owners/managers were amazing friendly, even the bouncer joked with me on the way in. the cozy, tall-backed, communal seating along the wall made it extremely easy to sit with your friends and also make new friends if the mood strikes you.
the music got better once the live DJ was on set. with its 2 full bars, there was no need to grab a bartender waving twenties just to get a drink.
No cover and great music – We dropped by this past weekend to see what the hype was all about. My friends and I use to go to the old Abaya as well. What a total make over. The design is a lot cleaner and they eliminated cover charge which is no wonder why it was a packed house. The music was mostly hip hop, r&b, the commercial stuff you hear everywhere else. I would like for them to play more tribal, deep bass and heavy hitting house music... that would be nice for a change. Service was much better and faster since they loaded more bartenders for the size of the club. They have 4, 2 per bar which is nice so drinks were fast. I would recommend this spot as a place to check out.
Really Cute – I love coming to this lounge for drinks. The space is amazing; it's super sexy and intimate. The music has always been really good, and the staff is surprisingly friendly - always a plus. Great location and vibe.
good job.... – good job!!! this use to be the old Abaya....where they played loud Euro House music......same place, colored the lounge chair black instead of orange......needs a few more lounge banquettes or small tables in the front........changed the music to Hip Hop and no cover......well done.....
stay, stay, stay!!! – friendly, sexy, savvy, fun! stay is a place i have and will continue to visit. the crowd is just as great as the place. modern interior design caught my eye, the music is exciting.. bartenders are fast and happy to be there! i'd have to say stay is a place you'd want to head to on the weekends for a great hangout spot for your friends... it is for mine.
stay...longer..... – this place is absolute fab. no BS guestlist and admission, friendly bouncers, chic decor, rocking the right tunes at the right time. make sure u check out the longest couch ever made, that'd make u wanna stay longer. crowd was fun and trendy, a very pleasing sight......addin to the fair price, this place is one smoking venue in the LES u must stay put.
MANAGEMENT – The positive reviews on this website were obviously written by people who work for the place. I went there last weekend for a friends birthday party. It reaked of trashy trendy scenery, a flat out unattractive clientel, and sub par management. You're better off staying home and buying a jug of Carlo Rossi than spending 10 bucks a drink on their watered-down sauce.
Very chi chi – You can't go wrong at Stay. I drop by with a few friends after leaving Duvet. This place is so trendy yet the prices are so fair for such a chic venue. They don't charge a cover at the door, there isn't a guestlist and the bartenders are so friendly. This place is more than worth checking out when you're down in the LES. I've added Stay to my roaster of places to visit during the weekend. If there was anything I can complain about, it would be the elimination of the 15% B&T crowd that are there. Maybe the place would be less crowded with B&T. Then again, the 5 broughs need a place to party too!
Baby won't you just.....STAAAAY.... – for a lit-tle while. Very chic chill out spot on the LES. Came by on a Sat for drinks with a group of friends and everyone enjoyed the laidback atmosphere, charismatic staff, and hip tunes. For those that want to get crunk, the weekends are your bet. Otherwise, the sophisticated socialites should check out the weeknights. Service is A+. It is on the low now but in the summer this will be THE spot.
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