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“excellent new york experience”
Review of Raines Law Room

Raines Law Room
Ranked #1,088 of 13,822 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Flatiron District
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“excellent new york experience”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

It takes a while to get in this room but once you do it is really worth it. Initially we were greeted by a young woman who in a very clandestine manner opened the front door looked at the queue and started taking names and numbers.
Initially we left the queue because my wife wouldn't wait but we returned about an hour later and got straight in. People did seem to be able to bypass the queue but as much as we tried to figure you how we couldn't.
once we did return Raines law room is possibly the coolest place I have ever been to. The cocktails are eclectic and therefore offer a varied experience to a generic chain and the service is second to none(this includes the lady who greets you). If you can persevere with the wait this is an experience you shouldn't miss.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Michael B
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Complex But Worth The Effort”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

I met a co-worker here when I was in town on business. Even though she told me exactly where it was and what to do to get in, I STILL had trouble. But it was worth the effort it took to figure it out!

Ambience is really cool and drinks are super interesting and tasty. Good crowd and great place to meet and catch up for a couple hours. Just really fun and feels special.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Emily V
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New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Unique, Classy, Upscale Speakeasy Experience.”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We are a mid 40's couple visiting with our mid 70's guests on an early Friday evening for pre dinner drinks.

Our cab dropped us off at 5th & 48th -- we walked down the un-assuming 48th st to the "down the stairway" doorway which was kind of hidden. There's a little name plate at the door and, of course, the doorbell -- which I pushed. There was a long delay. Our guests read the discreet name plate wondering why the heck we were going to a lawyers office. They thought to themselves that I must know someone here - but had no idea what was going on...

Finally The well dressed host only cracked the door expressing that he'll be right back, slammed the door closed, and we waited. A few moments later the host opened the door all the way allowing us entry. We stepped carefully down the stairway into a narrow dimly lit gorgeous lounge. Candles were flickering on the tables which were surrounded by cozy plush couches and chairs. The space is small and intimate and may hold about 50 people, give or take a little.

Drinks are expensive and excellent. Service is excellent. The feeling is mysterious, cozy, sexy-elegant. Background jazz was evident and did not interfere with our conversation at all. This is a place to go with others - not a place to meet others.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank moxiefox
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Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Truly Splendid”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

From the hidden door to the expensive decor and some of the best cocktails and service I have ever encountered, this was an unforgettable experience.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Oknijbub
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Nottingham
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Unique treat!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

We loved this place! 'secret' entry, dark and mysterious decor, unusual cocktails...we did feel very sneaky and slightly naughty in this amazing authentic speakeasy!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank 66Red
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