Visceralist Does: Blue Seats

Posted on: November 11th, 2009 at 6:09 am by

Love or loathe him, Visceralist is back this week with his take on Blue Seats.  Agree/disagree?  Argue your case in the comments!

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157 Ludlow St. (btw Rivington & Stanton)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 614-1494

Seating – this is where The Blue Seats gets all controversial like Ruby…they have 3 (4?) pretty slick booths equipped with 5 flat-screens each which can fit around 6 or 7 comfortably and which can conceivably play any game in the land that’s on at that particular point in time. Catch is that they charge by the hour for them. They also have a sick (you’ll hear that word a lot around here) viewing room in the upstairs area in the back which is like something out of an episode of cribs where the guy actually owns the place they’re showing. Controversial cuz they dare charge for prime seating real estate like this in the LES, but really can you blame them? Though Visceralist is loathe to defend one of Libation’s cousins like this, you know that Local 138 is right down the street and Lucky Jacks is right around the corner, so if you’re hatin’, (GOB voice:) come on!

Neighborhood– hipstery enough to make The Blue Seats seem out of place cuz it attracts too much khaki and not enough denim, but also gentrified enough to make The Blue Seats seem out of place cuz it attracts too much khaki and not enough cashmere. [ed. can we get the Geneva Convention on the line about this metaphor?]

Cost of Stella– they have it here in draft form and it’ll set you back about as much as a Subway $5 foot-long (+tax)…there’s a Subway 3.5 blocks south on Ludlow btw. They don’t have Stella though.

Food? How late– fuck, finally! Some of the best American-style tapas you’ll be able to find in the LES no matter how many stones you turn over or kilts you peek under. Wait, we’re talking about Stanton Social, right?

Read the full review at Visceralist!

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