Ascent Lounge New York

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Located on the 4th floor of the the world-famous Time Warner Center, Ascent Lounge offers an incomparable cocktail lounge experience. Presenting stunning views of iconic New York destinations, Central Park and Columbus Circle, Ascent Lounge presents exceptional product and service in a sophisticated, inviting atmosphere. This Premium Cocktail Lounge and Multi-Faceted NYC Event Venue is designed to provide a variety of elegant experiences, from early evening cocktail hours and late night VIP Reservations to Private NYC Corporate Events and Social Celebrations.

Ascent Lounge serves an expansive, well-balanced menu of gourmet small plates and Hors D’oeuvres, as well as, a complete Menu for Events. The Innovative Cocktail Menu is made up of specialty cocktails created with only the finest of ingredients, fresh squeezed juices and garnishes. The Wine and Champagne List has been carefully curated for both the novice and most seasoned taster.
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SF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience with superb views from the huge glass windows on one side. Not aimed at families, so a good place if you want to escape and have a relaxing drink.

SF
London
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice space and view. Not a place to go on a Sat night if you want to be able to talk with friends. The music is just too loud. As the space is not that big, no need for the music to be as loud as it is.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice view, nice concept. Menu offered a good variety of small bite options, which could suffice for a light dinner. We tried the road pork blt, grilled cheese and lobster rolls. The first two were ok, the lobster rolls were the winner. Too bread on the first two and nothing noteworthy about them, same with the cocktail. I had a watermelon mojito, again nothing noteworthy. After spending a few minutes trying to find my server to get the bill ( we were only one of two couples in the entire room) we left mildly satisfied. Having said that it's convenient if you work in the area, and would probably try it again, unless somewhere better popped up.

h
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

I was there on the early side for a biz drinks meeting. This is a great spot and I can imagine that at a
10:00 pm it is jumping. But I throughly enjoyed my cocktail and will go back.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Imposible conversar. La música estaba tan fuerte que no pudimos quedarnos.

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VM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always the best for a drink and conversation with friends and someone you love. Amanda, our server was fantastic as always, as is everyone there. The hostess at the door has a wonderful presence and style to her, its great.

B
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. We will be back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Private event — they take reservations, then kick you out. Embarrassing for business meetings.

DK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful space and views. Very loud but a late night outing might be worth it.

CM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We recently visited to New York for a week holiday. Within this time it was my wife’s birthday and I booked a table at Ascent for drinks and food.
When we arrived we were seated and gave our drinks order and also our food order.
However, they had a private party happening and all the focus was on this party.
We waited 1.25 hours for our food and nothing arrived. When we spoke to the reception they advised the kitchen was “smashed out with orders” but all the food coming out was going to the private party.
They couldn’t give an estimate on when we would receive our food.
Therefore we cancelled the order and left - this meant that on my wife’s birthday we didn’t get the nice meal and night out we were expecting.
Very poor indeed.

RL
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Really had high hopes for this place, but my overall experience was mediocre. While the space had nice views of the park, it lacked the atmosphere; it felt like a hotel lobby - soulless. The service was poor - starting with an impolite hostess, the waitress was not much better. Food/snack were nothing to write home about either. Drinks were fine. Having said that, it is unlikely I will be back.....

h
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chic and elegant decor, great DJ, and very good food and cocktails. Prices on par for the quality and location in NYC. Anyone surprised by the prices are tourists.

k
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Interesting place, I went on a Friday afternoon at 430pm nowhere near a night time rush hour. First of,
they didn't seem too welcoming to me and oh boy! people working there seem so pretentious. I think they can take it easy and make it more into a real longue experience than make you feel like you are in sitting in place owned by the russian mafia.
I made a reservation but the hostess wouldn't seat me at place I wanted, she says "oh! those are reserved" and I said yep "I have a reservation" and being first to be there, I should be able to choose which reserved table I sit so I said "but you are seating me at one that says reserved so whats the difference" and she didn't have an answer, that was plain discrimination.
Also we felt uncomfortable with constant interruptions by the waitresses, you feel rushed as if they want to serve you and get you the hell out of the place. Thats even when there were like only a couple of guests at that hour. These guys really need a change in their management to something that is more customer-friendly not have an atmosphere of a mafia-run place. We didnt have anything to eat just drinks but no option in opentable so I gave good for food.

J
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise we had when we walked into this gorgeous and happy lounge. The views are magnificent. Service was right on target. Lots of surprisingly complimentary (and tasty) treat weres passed around to our table. The menu was diverse enough to fill our needs before our show at the Time/Warner Center - and reasonably priced. Hostess, staff, and atmosphere were lovely. We would highly recommend stopping by.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The server was unaware how often her long hair draped in our food as she served us. Panini didn’t sit well after we left.

LD
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I came here in a Thursday night after watching the ballet at Lincoln center. While the room was not crowded, only a few tables were occupied, the environment and vibe was still great. Drinks are great and the food is very tasteful. It’s a little bit pricy. But that’s NYC.

VM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As normal - another great night for my wife and me. I have to say that the experience begins as so as you walk in with Tata greeting you. Her energy, smile and presence are such that you just feel welcome and relaxed and you know you've come to the right place. Much love for her and the rest of the team there as well. Very professional - they know when to approach and when to give some space...

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good but the front hosts were a bit rude. Overall tho, the drinks were delicious and the food was good! The views here were very pretty since we’re pretty high up and the couches and setups were nicely done. I love the pink velvet couches. My friends and I did a mini photoshoot and the servers and staff didn’t bother us so that was really cool even though we were sitting all over their windows and stuff, of course we didn’t do it in an intrusive and rude way :)

PC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to eat, drink, and relax before JALC. Great view overlooking Columbus Circle anfdCentral Park. Small plates, good menu selection. Eat as much or as little as you want. Well stocked bar. Great drink menu. Friendly, attentive, but not intrusive service. All in all a pretty terrific place.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The waitress was ill prepared to be serving us and made multiple mistakes throughout the night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time there celebrating my friend’s birthday. The food was great. view was fabulous and service was impeccable!

h
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Ascent just oozes "cool," go and enjoy the great vibe, the view, the location. The service was gracious and helpful. The manager went the extra mile to get my martini just perfect, and it was most appreciated.

JD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Ascent was great—really good vibe, music, food and drinks. The only issue we had was with the service. Would definitely recommend if you’re not looking to have a quiet dinner.

ZN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Very loud. Several holiday parties going on and DJ volume was deafening. Very hard to get a drink at a table. Hardly ever saw the waitress. Bartenders were very attentive and made good cocktails. Excellent Manhattans, but had to go to the bar to get drinks because wait staff disappeared for long periods of time.

LA
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The place had an event that was not announced and not finished when me and my date got there at6:45. We could not Enter until after 7:00 and then didn’t get a table till much later while the room was cleaned and organized. But the staff was friendly and did there best and they comped me for a few wines which I appreciated

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

R
Berlin
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I was surprised that Management requires their female staff wearing super short skirts. If that is your concept of presenting Ascent Bar i am not going to come back.

a
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

We went here after a concert in the TW Center. The atmosphere is beautiful, with lots of glass overlooking the UWS. Music was a bit too loud for my taste. The food was mediocre & as is typical in TW, overpriced.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was very disappointing - we had friends in town and were looking forward to having a drink and some apps at this place...and when we got there it was closed for a private event! Whywould the restaurant or opentable allow us to book a reservation in a night where it was closed to the public. There was nothing we could do AND nowhere else around that could take us - everything else was booked. Very upsetting.

BK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Way cool place. Unfortunately, it is not for people who can't take noise. It was waaaay too loud; so, we didn't stay. The last time we were there, it was noisy but pleasant. This time, it was so loud the thump of the music interfered with my heart beat ! (just kidding, but it was really loud)

j
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the best bars in NYC. The fact that it's in a "mall" I think people underestimate it. It is a beautiful HUGE space that has a great view of Columbus Circle. Overall just a great lounge bar.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for high-end client meetings, can be as dressy or casual (but not T shirt and shorts casual) as you want it to be. Excellent service, great views from panoramic mind blowing windows, terrific modern spacious room in a perfect part of town. A little bit noisy but you get used to it quickly. Ascent is a total 10.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good menu with something for everyone. Wonderful atmosphere. It will be one of our go to places.

CK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had SUCH a GREAT time. I forgot who my hostess was and I REALLY need to get her name cause she was BEYOND AMAZING!!!! I was told the menu is changing in two weeks so I WILL be returning.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent DJ, cocktails, ambiance, and food. Thank you!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went to Ascent for after drinks for my daughters birthday. We had an amazing time. DJ was on point.

Will definitely be back, Love the vibe!!!

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here with friends. We ordered drinks and foods-everyone loved everything and the staff was lovely and took care of our needs quickly. Would highly recommend this venue and the views of Columbus Circle cannot be beat.

OT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I reserved a table for 12 am on the app and the restaurant called me as soon as I entered telling me the kitchen was closing soon and that it was last call. They then allowed us to sit to order drinks and food and then they made us wait 10 minutes and then came to tell us the kitchen was closed. Horrible service and treatment. Why let us sit if you purposely make us wait til the kitchen is closed and then tell us the kitchen closed when we try to order food . Never coming here again. Why allow me to make a reservation if they can’t honor it correctly for the customer?

OT
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Mu only complaint was the music. We went at 5 pm on a very slow Tuesday and the pounding music didn't seem appropriate for the "crowd" or the time of day. Understand it is a bar/lounge but...

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday date before a night out dancing. The waitresses were so attentive and had great suggestions. The food was delicious and easy to eat despite being in nice clothes which could easily get ruined with someone clumsy like me. It was such a nice time. Definitely coming back again.

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