430 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002440.784347 -73.977661
Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, noon-4am
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper West Side
If I could give less than one star I would. This place is lucky I didn't press charges for assault. I was there with my friend and his girlfriend, having a beer and enjoying the game and happy hour. All of a sudden two bouncers came out of nowhere and accused the two of us of "touching girls". When I tried to tell them they had made a mistake I was told aggressively to "shut the **** up" and the two of us were physically ejected from the bar. I tried several times to talk to them but they just shut me down with abuse. Once we were on the side walk one bouncer decided he'd add to our embarrassment by shouting at us loud enough for passers by to hear that we "deserved that for touching girls". My friend's girlfriend was horrified and went home alone in shock. I left there with cuts on both elbows, and a large bruise on my chest and my thigh from being manhandled. Way to go Jakes. No dilemma about whether or not to go back. A holes.
Cheap and OK Atmosphere, Rude Staff – Very affordable but if you have more money go to a bar with good customer service, if not, wednesday nights are the best here $3 you call its.
A college bar at best – I've heard good things about this place so I figured that I'd give it a shot... I wanted to grab a quick drink before heading to the lower east side. These two places couldnt not have been more mismatched. When I walked in, everyone was rude ,chubby and dirty. The beer was cheap so I can't complain about that but the people there sucked and should go back to the frat house.
Great Staff! – I just threw a surprise party here and I have to say that the staff was amazing! We got a private room, open bar and a beer pong table for a very reasonable price. Our cocktail wautress was great, very fast w/ drinks and polite & our bouncer was amazing! the manager even come over & introduced himself within the first few minutes & was a great help. We all had a little too much fun. Thanks!
This place is good time! – I went here with a few friends on a Tuesday night and had a blast! The drink specials are crazy! The bar staff was friendly and very fun!- They were quite entertaining actually. The bartender bought us delicious shots because it was my friends Birthday! The people at Jake's seemed to come from all walks of life which I like (it wasn't your stereotypical college bar). The food was surprisingly good too! ( we got the nachos and they are huge!). I also got a salad which was very good. I am planning making Jake's a go-to from now on.
Horribly rude bardender – So, I came in recently for a friends birthday. I was having such a good time until I went to pay. There was some things on the bill that I was sure i didn't order. I asked the bartender about it and he went from nice and flirty all night to rude and wanted to kick me out in two seconds. I said I didn't think i had one of the items on the bill. I said i wasn't the drunk and knew what I had ordered, he then said well look at your tab, implying that I was drunk. I couldn't believe how nice to mean this guy went as soon as as I asked a question. If I had ordered it I would have paid it with a 20% tip. Just by questioning this one thing he freaked was rude came back to me and said "Oh well I voided your bill and tried to charge you half but now your card isn't working so I'm voiding the whole bill". I didn't want to pay half I wanted to pay the bill that I owed. I work in the hospitality business and I treat everybody with respect, it's my job. I have never been treated so rudely and like whatever i said didn't matter as I was treated here.
amazing 21st birthday – I had the best night of my life, honestly. It was my 21st birthday party, and the party planners were amazingly helpful and really made my night one to remember. I held the party in the Living room, it was perfect for people who wanted to sit because there were comfy couches, they set up a beer pong table for us where we played beer pong and flip cup, and the staff was incredible. Our cocktail waitress was such a sweet heart, and the bouncers were so nice. they treated us all like VIP and we all had such a great time. Go to Jakes Dilemma and have a party!
AVOID.. RUDE STAFF.. KICKED OUT FOR NOT TIPPING 20% – Do not recommend this place at all. My brother was kicked out of the bar for tipping less than 20% on the first round of drinks he bought. Mind you, these were bottled beers! First. Tipping should not be MANDATORY. Second. Good service=good tip and bad service=bad tip. the bartender was RUDE and did NOT even deserve the 10% tip my brother did give him. There was absolutely no justice for being kicked out of a disgusting run down bar because you do not tip 20%. Does not make sense to me at all. The bouncers were VERY rude and screamed at us while we were getting into our cabs after getting kicked out. I warned them I would make it public that I was disappointed in the service we received and the bouncer's only response was that "they won't be shutting down because they are losing one customer and that he made more money in one night than we did in weeks". It is ridiculous to treat customers badly because you think their input means nothing... To put it simply, Brother Jimmy's, Gin Mill, and Bourbon Street are much better versions of this college style bar and the staff at these other bars are much more pleasant than the rude, uneducated staff at Jakes.
What a hidden treasure!!!! Pleasantly surprised!!! – I went to Jake's on a Saturday night , I was a lil skeptical .......when I walked in I was a lil nervous seeing the crowd and the masses; however, I must say I was so pleasently surprised!!! The drinks were sooo cheap for the area, the bartender was sooo friendly and patient with me even when I didn't know my drink and she had about 25 other people in her face yelling their orders.....Great music the DJ was such a great mix....everyone was just chill just trying to have a good time.... I was definitely recommend Jake's Dilemma to chill people who are just looking to go out and have a fun but interesting night with some friends. All around well done Jake's Dilemma. I'm hooked!
Not good! – if you are anything but a guy dont go....they dont treat guys well...much better bars in the area (lots agree)
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