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Member Reviews (5)
- Ajna BarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 31, 2013
A lavish restaurant and sexy lounge serving Asian fusion fare. As most Meatpacking spots, this is a scene late at night. The Mint Rush cocktail is like a whiskey smash without the crushed ice.
- Ajna BarMar 18, 2013
The history behind Ajna Bar reads like ancient asian folklore, which only befits the theme and decor of this admittedly beautiful fixture of the meat packing district. The venue thrived under the name Buddha Bar, drawing in high profile celebs. Its stylish interior which includes rows of buddha statues greeting guests at its entrance and the wealth of well utilized space made it a must for NYC denizens looking for a night out. These were prosperous times. Then the management group became embroiled with in-fighting resulting in lawsuits that caused the venue to change its name to Ajna Bar. With the change of name also came a change of luck and Ajna Bar has been a mess ever since. (Throw in some tense dialog and a couple of slo-mo shots of men shooting while doves fly around the screen and you have John Woo's next summer blockbuster.) The naming convention is no mere issue though. See even when it was called Buddha Bar many people confused the place with Tao, another trendy (at that time) restaurant/lounge that sported a buddha statue. (Tao sports one large buddha for those that give a toss). The club is also frequently confused with its neighbor across the street, Tenjune, which has no buddhas whatsoever but apparently sounds vaguely asian to some people (way to stay cosmopolitan New Yorkers). As it stands most people can't even pronounce "Ajna" correctly which doesn't help with the confusion. Marketing 101 states that when the public can't pronounce your name it is time to change it, and for a short time it was called "West 12th". That fell flat also. Did I mention the club has perpetually been under an ugly network of scaffolding for years now? Yea. It's sad as the venue itself is beautifully conceived and harkens back to a time in NYC when that was not a rarity. The glass enclosed indoor smoking area is still a horrid idea though. The music skews hip-hop, electronica in the early evening with a heavy emphasis on techno and electronica after 12 that is not to be missed. If you can get your tongue around the name check the place out as I don't think it is long for this world.
- Ajna BarMember ofLuxury TravelersJul 04, 2012
The decor is stunning. This place is HUGE for NYC. It used to be called Buddha Bar which is very understandable once you are in this place. We started with a bunch of appetizers. The coconut shrimp was the best by far. Definitely a must order. The rolls were good. The Sweet Soy Glazed Chilean Sea Bass was so delicious. I really recommend it. This place turns into a nightclub on the weekends but was pretty dead during the week. The service was phenomenal as well.