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Mar 7, 2012 08:57 AM

Photo booths in Manhattan?

Looking for a bar/restaurant that has a photo booth in it, but, it's for a friend's birthday, so we're trying to avoid any super dive-y bars. Does anyone have a suggestion? We'll be in the LES area, but willing to travel within reason.

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  1. Went to a company party at the Standard Hotel and there is a photo booth on the lower level right down the stairs from the biergarden area. I would imagine it would be a fun location for a, sausages, pretzels and ping-pong tables without the divey atmosphere.

    The Standard Biergarten
    848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: ukitali

      Thanks for the suggestion. That might work, but I am concerned it might be way too crowded. What was the crowd like when you were there?

      1. re: leilanijs1

        We had the whole biergarden to ourselves (and it was very crowded) but I'm not sure how it is with a regular crowd. I know it's packed during the summer but I'm guessing less so during the winter-spring months.

        1. re: leilanijs1

          I've been there when it's crowded (but you could still get a seat if you waited a few minutes) and it was very, very loud.

          1. re: kathryn

            Good to know. Thanks for the response.

      2. The Lakeside Lounge has a photo booth. No food, and it is somewhat dive-y, but not (in my opinion) super dive-y. Medium dive-y. There are plenty of places to eat nearby, also. It's crowded on weekend nights when a popular band is playing, low-key at other times. You might want to call them to ascertain that the booth actually works - I haven't used it in many years.

        Lakeside Lounge
        162 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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        1. re: small h

          Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give them a call to check it out.

        2. Not sure what you consider to be "within reason," but the lobby/bar at the Ace Hotel on 29th has a photo booth. Pretty good cocktails at the bar, but it can get crowded. You could also do drinks/food at The Breslin, although it's a bit separated from the photo booth.

          The Breslin
          20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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          1. re: crsin

            That's definitely more the vibe we're going for, so I will see how willing folks are to travel.

          2. The Smith on 51st and 2nd has a photo booth but it is downstairs in the unisex bathroom waiting area.

            The Smith
            956 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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            1. re: adido

              Ooh, maybe not for this occasion, but definitely good to note for another time. Thanks.

            2. I know you've asked for a place in Manhattan, but since you say you're willing to travel a bit from the LES, a mere two stops into BK on the L train, you have the very wonderful, very fun Brooklyn Winery. It's a beautiful space (urban rustic?) with good wines, bar snacks, and a photo booth in the events room on the second floor, complete with a box of costumes to play with. There's a pretty good selection of wine + some beers, but no cocktails, I don't think.

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              1. re: michelleats

                Ah, yes, I've been there and loved it! Thanks for reminding me.

                1. re: michelleats

                  I'm scurrying back to this post to correct two things:

                  1. The photo booth at Brooklyn Winer doesn't seem to be out all the time. I was there today and didn't see it. If you are relying on the photo booth for the occasion, please call ahead to make sure it's available.

                  2. It's only one stop into BK on the L train (Bedford St. stop).

                  Hope you find your perfect venue, Leila.