Thumbs Down for Club Mystique on Chrystie

Posted on: August 12th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

It’s really no secret that Club Mystique at 141 Chrystie Street is rather unpopular with the locals.  We’ve fielded plenty of reader responses on the subject.  The blue-lit facade and expansive interior form a tractor beam the likes of which B&T hordes cannot avoid.  Blackbook Magazine isn’t too high on Mystique, either.

This image has been archived or removed.

The perennial nightlife guide gave it the shaft in a recent writeup by Steve Lewis.  Indeed, the headline says it all – “There’s no Mystique at the LES’s Club Mystique.”  Herewith, some excerpts:

I couldn’t believe my eyes. The decor must have been inspired the lyrics, “I wear my sunglasses at night.” It was a time machine that whisked me back to 1981, maybe somewhere in Jersey. A glaring light show obscured the room but I caught just enough to know it was pure cheese. A rather nice fellow offered me a greeting and small talk “Hey Steve, How ya been? Did you design this?” I offered back an “OMG No!” and pondered if I had just hit rock bottom. The crowd, or small gathering of guests, was cute but seemed occupied with text messaging. I think they were all trying to figure out how long they had to stay to be polite to their promoter hosts.

Someone wanted to show me the closed Karaoke Room, which I was told was quite nice. There was a mention of some roof that was to be developed and maybe I could help out. I opted out and looked for the exit and civilization as I know it. Although the vision of Club Mystique never gets near mine, I could see that a ton of money went into it. The bar was well-appointed and the staff was friendly enough if not miscast for NYC. I sped into the night. I didn’t look back.

Recent Stories

Demolition Begins at Fire-Stricken Dim Sum Palace Building in Chinatown

Demolition started this week at 6 Chatham Square, which, until this month, housed neighborhood favorite Dim Sum Palace. Early morning May 1, a fire in the kitchen spread throughout the building, triggering a five-alarm response from the fire department. All told, five firefighters were injured battling the inferno over several hours. And according to Red […]

Eldridge Street Development Sells for $19.24M

A major real estate deal to report on Eldridge Street. It took three years, but the eight-story mixed-use building at 165 Eldridge traded last week for $19.25 million. Just under the initial 2019 asking price of $21 million. Buyer of record is Meng Lee and Karim Elsayyad of FREO Management. The transaction is not yet […]

The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line. The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to […]

Redlining the LES: How Discriminatory Lending Policies Solidified Pre-Existing Inequalities

The following was written by Anna Sargeantson. All photos courtesy of Anna Sargeantson, except where otherwise noted. Home to dimly lit restaurants and bars frequented by NYU students and young professionals, the Lower East Side remains in many ways the epitome of New York City’s youthful heart. Under the surface, though, the neighborhood has historically […]

Ed Higgins Gets ‘Mail Art’ Retrospective at Van Der Plas Gallery on Orchard Street

Fresh off featuring his art in Ludlow Coffee Supply, the Van Der Plas Gallery of Orchard Street is now dedicating a full artist retrospective to the late Ed Higgins. Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington School” movement in the 1980s Lower East Side, and for his unique “Mail Art,” died last December at […]