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People Kitchen & Lounge

9 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Late-night Find
  • Neighborhood Gem

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PEOPLE began like many bars and lounges: a passing thought over cocktails between friends one late Manhattan night. The concept was to build a place where all New York City pretenses were left at the door, where there would be no velvet rope. The clientele would be diverse, fashionable, and professional.
We chose the name PEOPLE to reflect the principle that the space should be secondary to the clientele that would occupy it. Our thoughts soon developed and became reality: after months of planning and construction, our doors opened in 2003. Since then we have hosted events for birthdays, non-profit charities, special interest groups, live bands, stand-up comedy, television shows, commercials, video releases, and independent movies, as well as holiday and corporate parties. Our “passing thought” has served our clients very well for over 10 years and will continue to do so.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Pan-Asian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 4:00am
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Phone number
(212) 254-2668
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Danny Chiang
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Private party facilities
Sit down dinners up to 40 guests. Luncheons available upon requests.
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Private party contact
Danny: (877) 793-5230
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We're ready to serve your special event needs. We have hosted events for birthdays, non-profit charities, special interest groups, live bands, stand-up comedy, television shows, commercials, video releases, and independent movies, as well as holiday and corporate parties. Several options are available to guests and may be consulted on our website, under Information. By selecting the "Our Services" link, the offered menus can be viewed.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street metered parking Mon-Sat 9am - 7pm. Alternate side street parking rules apply.
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Public transit
F to 2nd avenue stop. J/M/Z to Delancey/ Essex street stop.
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Live DJ, occasional live bands, live entertainment.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on March 31, 2012

Upon entering People Kitchen we were delighted. The ambiance was romantic, the decor was rustic, the food was DELICIOUS, the staff was friendly and attentive. The overall experience was one of the best we have ever have. I could go on all day about how delicious the dinner was. We enjoyed a cocktail creation that had us contemplating cancelling our evening plans and staying put all night. I have spread the word to everyone I know that this restaurant is a keeper, from drinks to apps to dinner. We will be back often!

1.0Dined on November 12, 2011

Our group of 6 was hoping for a fun Saturday night in the LES, however at 10 pm, we were the only party in the whole restaurant. A few of us read reviews and the menu prior to going that night, and were hesitant, but wanted to give the benefit of the doubt. It was too quiet and empty for this neighborhood. Our group also felt the menu was too limited. We ended up sharing a quick bottle of wine, and headed elsewhere.

1.0Dined on October 8, 2011

Really bad. Not one other table seated at 8 pm on Saturday night. That was our first serious warning and we should have left immediately. Maitre de said they "have a little later crowd.". Maybe, but the stale beer smell at the doorway, limited pork- heavy menu with a fast food vibe, and Kowloon 1990s decor sent us running. Avoid.

5.0Dined on September 30, 2011

Exceeded our hopes of finding an attractive, up-beat restaurant on the LES which
is nicely priced for really good food. Wine was awesome, and price was right!
Staff was pleasant, service very good. Will be happy to go back soon.

2.0Dined on September 10, 2011

Came here on a Saturday 9pm. The place was empty, service was good. Ordered the steak which was tasty but chewy.

4.0Dined on July 22, 2011

We ordered the porkchops and braise short ribs which were both tasty. We loved the side of cucumber, vermicelli, and mint on one of the hottest days of the summer, very refreshing. Service was awesome, very attentive and friendly.

5.0Dined on July 16, 2011

Fabulous food and delightful service. What an unexpected pleasure/treasure!

5.0Dined on June 18, 2011

I would classify this Resturant as a hidden Gem. It is very affordable, along with outstanding customer service. The waiter may have been even to attenitive; but that's not something that you can necessarily complain about. The food was outstanding along with the sauces that they apply on the side. If your debating about whether to go here or not, stop thinking about it and Go!

3.0Dined on May 13, 2011

I really wanted to love People's Kitchen but the food was just not quite there. We ordered appetizers and dinner and neither one was great. They were just average, not bad but not great. The service was outstanding and the atmosphere is really modern. The drinks and the bartender were both exceptional.