PDT (Please Don't Tell)
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- 98%Nightlife Lovers
- 97%Local Culture
- 67%Adventure Travelers
- 65%Luxury Travelers
- 58%History Buffs
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (19)
- PDT (Please Don't Tell)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Jan 27, 2014
I was in NY for only one night and Please Don't Tell was my favorite part of my trip :) I had the best bar hop adventure in the east village all thanks to my friend Gerard and his high school friend Mandana (Mandy)!
Here's my story:
After a long day of dragging poor Gerard to do tourist-y stuff (time square, apple store, central park) with me, we hit up east village and met up with Mandy. As much as I enjoyed doing the typical NY stuff , I was bored. I needed something not every tourist knew about. Please Don't Tell hit the spot :)
She brought us to this tiny hot dog shop (that I wouldn't bother to look at if I walked by). She told us not to worry about where she is taking us. Whaddaya know! She surprised me big time! She made a phone call in the phone booth then the wall next to her opened up! I couldn't stop smiling! Luckily we only waited 20 minutes to get in (average is 2hr wait). I'm glad we showed up around 4:30-5pm because I would have known there was a hidden door in the booth if we showed up later (there was a long line coming out of the booth).
The hostess sat us at the bar. All the drinks I've tried were delicious, even the bacon infused whisky! Pricey but totally worth the quality you get.
I LOVE NEW YORK BAR SCENES!!!
What I had:
- Cereal Milk Punch made with Momofuku Milk Bar's cereal milkl :: not as sweet as I expected but I don't mind ordering it again
- Persian Culture ::Yogurt drink...dont get it, not worth it
- David Chang Kimchi Bacon Dog :: made me miss LA's dirty dog, I liked it :) momofuku kimchi
- Gerad and Mandy had Bacon infused bourbon (highly recommend!) :: smooth drink with a light bacon after taste.
- tater tots with cheese :: tastes like normal tater tots, good to snack on with friends
- HOT bartenders :) perfect eye candy if you're sitting at the bar
- crowd control (which explains the long wait), small bar but you don't feel claustraphobic - call and make reservations ahead of time
- cool/mellow, no windows, dark-lit ambience, nothing too crazy
- seems like a fun place to meet interesting people to talk to
- tiny bathroom...no big deal
- persian culture cocktail
- they ask you not to take too many pictures :/...which may be a good thing but I am a picture whore
- PDT (Please Don't Tell)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Sep 16, 2013
If you want a nice and quiet bar this is the place... Make sure you call 212-614-0386 for super secret instructions and reservations at 3pm and on how to get in the place ;) Totally worth it. trust me....
- PDT (Please Don't Tell)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Sep 16, 2013
PDT is a low key, underground speakeasy that has so much appeal that even the uber cool Europeans are all over it. Nearly every party around us was speaking in some sexy foreign language. Getting reservations over the phone are as hard as getting reservations at The French Laundry. As it was a Sunday night, we decided to take our chances and walked in without any reservations. The secret entrance is cleverly located inside Crif Dogs - the hot dog shop next door that supplies the food for PDT - through the claustrophobic phone booth. Pick up the white phone which will buzz the door person inside. We were able to put our name and phone number down with an estimated wait time of 45 minutes. It happened to be less than that, because we were called back after one round of drinks across the street at Bua.
Once led inside, we were seated at a small table by the bar. The place is teeny tiny and probably seats only 35 people. It makes for a great intimate place to take a date, who will be impressed by the mere fact that you were able to get in. It's dimly lit with exposed brick walls, and taxidermy on the walls (seems like a trend at many places I went to). The music was such a mix of genres that it was like someone picked five random iPods and mixed all the playlists up.
Our server was extremely pleasant and attentive without being intrusive. The drink menu was quite extensive, full of artisan cocktails. We had the White Birch Fizz (gin based), Brazilian Tea Punch (cachaça based) and Kansai Kick (Yamazaki whisky based), which were all fantastic. You can easily spend hours here, but you have to keep ordering, otherwise they reserve the right to kick you out. Also, PDA is frowned upon... though it's really hard not to break out into make out mode when there's such dreamy lighting and luscious libations stimulating you.
- PDT (Please Don't Tell)Member ofLocal CultureFoodiesGreen Travelers+ 1Sep 12, 2013
A real, contemporary speakeasy. I haven't actually been here but have been to Crif Dogs. You go into Crif Dogs and then go into the "phone booth" which really is a phone booth but is your gateway into PDT which is well-known for finely crafted cocktails.
- PDT (Please Don't Tell)Member ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Oct 09, 2012
The best part about PDT is its "straight out of Batman" entrance hidden inside a phone booth inside a hot dog shop. You have to lift the receiver and dial a number and the door will open. Once inside it is a pretty normal, lively bar. The place is small and always crowded, though, and you should plan to call ahead to make a reservation to make sure they have space for you - otherwise you will have to wait.
A bit of a gimmick, but a fun one.
- PDT (Please Don't Tell)Member ofLocal CultureFoodiesWellness+ 4Aug 24, 2012
You need to call at 3:00 the day of to get reservations. The service here is great. If only been 3 times, but they remember me and make a point of welcoming me back. The peanut butter cup cocktail is great and not too sweet or desserty like you mike think. The bacon whiskey drink is great as well. They also make great drinks off the menu if you give the bartender ideas of what you like and don't like. Order the tator tots for a snack with it.
- PDT (Please Don't Tell)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 12, 2012
Please dont tell... but you didnt hear it from me... it's a small spot on the down low that serves some great drinks... get some hot dogs while you're there. Just be sure to get reservations no matter the day since their recent james beard award wont do anything to deter patrons from patronizing the place.
But from here on out...
First rule of PDT is Please Dont Tell...
You'll get my meaning.
- PDT (Please Don't Tell)Jul 05, 2012
Go into Criff Dogs, walk into the phone booth and dial the secret number. You should be able to find it when you're there. Usually you'll have at least an hour wait to get in, but once you do, it's pretty cool. Who could resist entering a sexy bar through a hidden door in a phone booth?!
- PDT (Please Don't Tell)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 3Jul 05, 2012
Its a very interesting concept. You really have to make a reservation here and the entry to this place is concealed. They have taken all efforts to keep this place hidden. The entry is through a shop and then you walk down a flight of stairs. Nice Drinks here. Not sure if there was anything toe at here other than finger food!