165 W 26th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000140.745793 -73.993762
Neighborhoods: Chelsea, Midtown
Tillman's a bar, lounge or dive? – Overrated. I met a few friends and we proceed to go in. (mind you it was relatively empty) We were treated as if we were trespassing.. Maybe the staff was tired. (Are they being treated fairly?) No excuse for arrogance.
This is a service business. The word spreads quickly. Remember, you are in business to gain repeat business (Unless you are a tourist trap) The food and drink are standard fare and too expensive. The drinks. Too little for too much.
Great Atmosphere – My boyfriend and I went to eat here while we were visting last week. We thought it was great. The doorman let us right in, coat check, and than we were seated right away, and there were a good amount of people in there. Its a darker restaurant with candles on all the tables which i loved and the food and beer called Blue Point were absolutely delicious. A little expensive, but het, its New York.It was totally worth it and I plan on going there again next time I visit New York
So Not Cool – It's unfortunate but my days of going to Tillman's are numbered. After a few years of patronage I was very disappointed at the way my girlfriend and I were treated there last week. We were having a great girl's day out and went to Tillman's to continue the fun.
The waitress was pushy, constantly "asking" us if we wanted another round, though her frequency was obviously implying that we weren't throwing them back fast enough. The manager came over to us to very rudely rush us after the waitress's pushiness wasn't working.
We made friends with a couple nearby and we were all involved in a lively conversation. The manager came over and asked us to move over (next to the couple) as if to imply there was a "no talking across tables" rule.
As if that weren't enough, as we were paying the bill, the manager comes over and moves us again. This time because there was a "party that he needed to seat immediately". The party never came (because that was a lie) and we were very insulted.
I confronted the very rude manager, who unapologetically told me that he "was not being rude".
Ist and last time – My co-workers and I went to Tillman's to unwind after a hellish week at work. What we found was a less than stellar experience at Tillman's. It was not busy yet we were treated as if we were invading their space. I take it we weren't up to par in the 'cool' factor. 'Cool' is subjective. After a round of drinks, we paid the bill and left to go to another establishment that welcomed us with open arms. Tillman's, I suggest you treat everyone as a repeat 'cool' customer. Repeat business is a goal that ensures success.
Rude and arrogrant - requesting bottle service on a quiet weekday evening! – Couple of colleauges/friends and I went to Tillman's around 9PM in Nov-early Dec timeframe (sorry do not remember the exact day). The staff insisted that we can only get in if we bought bottle service! The place was deserted and they were being moronic and asking for bottle service! They lost out on decent word of mouth since one of the person with us owns the high-rise buildings in that area; he was disgusted by the behavior of the staff. Economy is not improving anytime soon, lets see how long their pseudo-elite behavior will keep them in business.
Coolness – Went to Tillman's recently and experienced none of what some of the negative reviews said. I went with a group of friends, waited for a very short while, went in and had a great time. The service was attentive, drinks were very good and the vibe was really cool. I'd definitely go back.
Stay Away - Rude and Arrogant Staff – Went there to meet a few ladies t that I hadn't seen in years and the doorman told me and a friend that given that the place was packed, we had to have the ladies come outside to let us in. We called the ladies and they came to the front to get us in but upon walking in, the manager stated in a very arrogant and condescending manner that he would only let us in if we agreed to buy a bottle of something ranging in price from $150-$400. We were surprised because the doorman told us all we needed to do is have a member of our party escort us in. We debated with him for a minute or two and he (manager) then abruptly changed his mind and told us we were no longer welcomed in the establishment even if we decided to purchase a bottle - he thought the lady who was escorting us was rude to him. So we left. When we got to the corner the doorman yelled at us to come back. We decided to come back and since we hadn't seen our friends in years we decided to buy a bottle. When we got in we were surprised to find many empty tables and the bar was thin - so the doorman lied. We sat down at the table and the waiter came by and harassed us to buy the bottle. We looked around and there were no tables with bottles, just regular drinks. When we questioned this she brought back the rude and arrogant manager who insisted that we buy a bottle or leave. He was extremely rude about it. He basically strong armed us into buying a bottle of expensive champagne.
Bottom line is that I will never go back there or give this place another dime of my money and I suggest the same to everyone else.
If Only The Staff Was as Polished as the Decor! – Given the current state of the economy, it is fantastic to learn that the owners of Tillmans have made so much money that they don't wish any more - at least that is the impression given to my two friends and I earlier tonight - Thursday, November 20, 2008. While attempting entry, the doorman told us: "We so busy tonight, that unless you want to throw some bottles around, you can't come in!" It struck us as a classic club denial line, because we were the only ones on the street seeking entry, and the lobby was empty. We explained that we came specifically to see DJ Jazzy Nice spin a set because it had been years since I left New York and last heard Jazzy play live. The doorman went on to say that the venue has not had a Thursday Night DJ for the past 3 weeks and the music was being played off of an I-pod. Very Classy! In our youth we would have gotten irate with this treatment,, but now that we have a few more years of wisdom; We simply choose to spend our money in an establishment that welcomed our patronage and was truly packed. After enjoying a night of beverages and laughter in a venue up the block, on the way back to our car, the doorman offered to let us in. We stepped in, looked at the largely empty Tillmans and laughed all the way home about the invisible crowd Tillman's is now attracting. If you are one of the Beautiful Invisible people - this place is for you!!
Great for happy hours and other medium sized gatherings – From the outside it doesn't look like much, but as soon as you walk in you forget about all that. The vibe and ambiance is very chill, with a faint smell of incense and good music. I've gone to many happy hours there, and recently arranged a little party after work and we had excellent seating and were treating very well by the manager and staff. The food is delicious ( I recommend the plantain chips- yum) The drinks are average price for NYC, and it's just a stress-free, relaxing and fun environment. Later on it gets busier and louder and I heard at night they have live music, which my friends love. If you're looking for a relaxing evening filled with good food, drinks, and a good time- give Tillman's a try! But later on get ready to party a little ;)
Questionable Service – So the vibe is cool, pretty good cocktails, great grill cheese midnight snacks I have been a loyal customer for the last year but their service has been since downgraded. Last year up until even early this year the staff were so modelsique, exotic but also professional and efficent now they are rude and tired. Im giving this poor review because my service was not up to par with what the Tillman's expenience used to be. On one saturday around 930pm our server however, somewhat attractive i.e. tall, slim, tanned skin ,short hair who served our table, took 20 minutes before we got our drinks and got our drinks wrong, she must have mixed it up with another table because she did bring the corrected drinks shortly. She continued to take our order for appetizers and entrees impatiently even a bit rude. When our entrees arrived this server touched my hand in a very flirtatious manner in front of my date and though she is somewhat attractive this was not normal behavior. When she wasn't serving tables I could hear her talking so loud I could tell you her life story (she's from Maryland). Her behavior was jumpy, irritable, definately questionable. Our sandwiches were good, the music was good but what good is that if the server who sets the tone of the experience and dampens the mood. What happened to all your lovely gracious staff? Shame on you. Get your act together Tillman's!
A disappointed guest
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