“It's a tacky, cheap joint with poor management.”
The WORST place Iâ??ve EVER been to in NYC, and hereâ??s why:.
Saturday night, 3/24/12
1) Bouncer had a bad day, was terribly rude and I think he may have been racist too!
Apparently, he had an issue with “chicks and their attitudes” and suggested I had such attitude because I asked “why I had to get in line” in a flirtatious tone (when there was no one on line and others were just walking up to the door, getting their ids checked and going in- including my friend). That ONE question denied me entrance to La Caverna, at first. So, I apologized “I’m sorry if I offended you, but I have a right to defend myself (if I’m being called a chick – with an attitude). He then said “If I was being an ass to him, I would be an ass to his bartenders.” Wow, what an assumption to make of me, when I asked a question and then Apologized (in case he did have a bad day, I’ve been there too!.) Anyhow, I should have walked away, but my friend went to find the manager.
During that wait, I watched this bouncer have most people get behind the line, and then watched him let 3 women with “light/fair skin ton” do exactly what my friend did –skip the “get in line part” and go right to the bouncer at the door. I didn’t think much of that, until I saw the reviews that they may have some racial preferences at La Caverna that turned away an African American reviewer for a birthday party. I guess I’ll never know what it was….oh well.
When the manager came out and spoke to me, he didn’t do much to change the situation. I made it clear that I would be “happy” to post a review about my experience on line, I’m sure it would certainly help their already “not so great” reviews. I suppose he felt threatened by reviews and didn’t want me to walk away pissed, so asked me to please go ahead in and have a good time.
What a waste of my time…..
2) Overly crowded, basement, smelled like sweat, there was nowhere to move/dance.
3) You better hope there’s no fire, you may never get out!
If you’re in your “college party” days, this may be an ok spot for you…..but otherwise, I would definitely pass and go elsewhere. Based on my review and some others, you could be insulted by the bouncer or bartender or just ignored by your service staff. Don’t expect service with a smile here! Apparently, the folks that run this place have very low to NO standards of service.
The reviews are so skewed; you can take a chance and decide for yourself. As for me, I wish I had not wasted my time. Live & learn!
Fantastic Corporate Event, ask for Nick.
We have been using La Caverna for our company's corporate events for the past 2 years. Although this is the first year I have personally worked with this venue, I could not believe how incredible the customer service was..
ONLY go through Nick!!! My corporate event held approx 50 people. For our budget, Nick worked very carefully to fulfill our price range with our menu + beer and wine drink list. Although no one can stop talking about the steak in the office for the next WEEKS, my personal favorite was the calamari. Yum!
The owners are so helpful and are very loyal to their customers. Big venue, dark ambience. Plus, they set up a back up DJ for us when ours didn't come through. La Caverna comes highly recommended.
nice decor. What a great place. Too many of these historic places try too hard, rest on their laurels, are relevant only to tourists. This place is still relevant and the place to be downtown. We did not have a chance to try the food but the atmosphere, the music, the crowd, the service, all interesting and real. Also cute girls. Recomendet for first date.
la Caverna. Dec 4 2010 went to LA Caverna sat night " wow "stopped in for dinner and drinks large selections on the menu some of my all time favorites great cocktails pricing is a bargin drinks were huge the transformation into a night club is a nice feeling we danced to the wee hours Dj was great cant beat La Caverrna for a Great Time "Tommy"
Exellent food and service.
Last night I was at La Caverna.
I loved this restaurant! The food is so delicious and the atmosphere is great. A nice peaceful place to eat in an elegant setting. Highly recommend!
Prejudicial when it comes to African-Americans.
I went over to this place to check it out for b-day party. It looked awesome. Great decor,check. Great service, check. No bottle requirement to reserve a table, check. I was going to book it then and there but the bartender said I had to call to book...
So I call to reserve it, give the guy all of my info, # of people, time and at the very end he asks my name to reserve it. I tell him, my name. He says "That's an interesting name. Is it French?" I say "No, it's African, actually." He then tells me that he made a mistake and that they actually don't have space left that night.
I didn't think anything of it until I retold the story to a friend and it dawned on me that he might have been lying because he found out that I was black. Still, I didn't know for certain so I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Then my friend says he'll call and try to book the same night with the same info. He calls and once again gives all of his info to the guy and at the end the guy asks "That's an interesting name. Where is it from?" My friend says "It's Italian." and they chit chat about Italy for a few minutes. Then the guy says "Ok. You're booked."
That's when my jaw dropped. Blatantly prejudicial. It sucks too because it's a nice place that I wanted to go to. But I will never EVER give them my business. And you shouldn't either.
my friends bag was stolen there dangerous place.
We were at la caverna and my friends clutch was stolen by a fat latina guy in an orange and white striped shirt and jean shorts
it is a nice looking place but too crowded and they dont put any AC on for a basement bar it should be much cooler in there
kind of a safety hazard
do not set anything you own down in there unattended you wont see it again
Spelunk elsewhere. The themed bar: it can turn out well, or seem a bit trite. La Caverna tries, but doesn’t quite make it. Clearly, lots of effort went into making this thing: stalactites, stalagmites, somewhat pointy rock formations, and the dim lighting all luridly scream: Hey look! I’m a cave! The bar, sprawling and conveniently located over the entire middle of the floor, was accessible enough, and plentiful booth space gave it a lounge-y vibe. However, a snarky bartender soured my mood, even when the half-bobbing, half-standing crowd surged to an oddly remixed Lady Gaga tune. Also, the bathroom was inexplicably closed for at least a half-hour, and the line spilled out into the dance floor. Not kosher.
Decent looking place if you're into Univeral Studios garbage. I enjoyed your clubs atmosphere, until I, and my party of over one dozen, were greeted with apathetic at BEST bartending and a sub par beer list. I then proceeded to get shoved rudely by someone, and in my attempts to merely stand up straight, was confronted aggressively by a greasy haired, portly troglodyte of a "bouncer." I, and my party, suddenly realized it was past our bedtime, and time to go to another bar that actually cares about its patrons. Good luck with your movie-set dramatics, they could have worked if it wasn't for your thoroughly inept "security." I hope you enjoy the fruits of your completely undeserved success.
loved it !!!. I went on Saturday night and it was great. My friends and I did hookah and had some drinks. The prices were good and the music was great.
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