Reasons why I say "No" to the UES

Yes, I live on the Upper East Side, but it’s rare to find me out and about in my own ‘hood and hitting a local bar on Saturday reminded me why.

At 11pm, a friend called to let me know that she was at Mustang Grill (on 85th & 2nd) drinking a margarita and convinced me to meet up with her and a friend. I would normally say no, but I figured it would be easy enough to ignore the crowd and focus on my friends. Wrong!

As soon as I arrived, I found my friends being chatted up by a group of boys in their 20’s. OK, if they’re fun I’ll play along. Not quite. This one kid approached me and his line was… so, let’s figure out a cool drinking game to play. Ha! Drinking game? Seriously? I didn’t play them in college and I wasn’t about to start now. Of course, I mentioned this, along with some other remarks that he didn’t like so instead of giving up he thought it would be cute to try and insult me. Oh yes, THIS is what works. Calling him a “prick” didn’t get him to walk away either, so he thought he’d push me. Last straw kiddo. He finally walked away after I threatened him. Too bad someone broke up my verbal assault. I was hoping to get him to cry.

Even if you took that experience away, I can’t hang where I have to yell to hear my friends talk, where people are trying so damn hard to hook up, where boys have no respect for women that just want to be left alone, and where girls dance on the bar. Actually, if these girls could actually dance, then I probably wouldn’t mind so much.

If you happen to be in your 30’s and can’t deal with the “college like” bar scene… stay away from my ‘hood. Unless you’re up for wine. If that’s the case, I suggest you stop by Caffe Notte, Bar Vespa and my absolute FAVORITE, Pudding Stones.

4 Comments so far

  1. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 7th, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

    Is the whole UES like that? I have friends at 72nd and Park – so the other side, and it seems a lot quieter over there.

    Might be the influence of CU seeping south; but whatever the cause it definitely sounds unpleasant. Probably not unique to that area though: self-entitled twentysomething males are all over the world. Supreme overconfidence mixed with money leads directly to that type of guy.


  2. Melissa (nyc_melissa) on April 7th, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

    I’m sure it’s not ALL like that and Park Avenue is VERY different from 2nd Avenue. I think it actually might be another world altogether.

    It’s just a matter of finding the right spot and avoiding the Pub scene. There’s a LOT of 20-somethings living in my ‘hood.

    Like I said – I’ll stick to the wine bars.


  3. coshea on April 16th, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

    He pushed you????

    You should have challenged him to a thumb wrestling match. You beat him at that and he can’t come anywhere near you or your friends for at least 43 years.


  4. Melissa (nyc_melissa) on April 16th, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

    It was one of those lame shoves – I assumed it was a poor attempt at flirting.

    I only WISH I knew about the whole thumb wrestling thing, but I’m going to give that a try if it ever happens again.

    Thanks!



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