Eh. This place is average at best. In a pinch, it can be useful for a group get together, but it's overpriced, the food is mediocre, and the scene is not as cool as it once was.
Don't get me wrong, it's a place I've frequented a bunch over the last five years, but I feel like it gets worse and worse each time.
It's an older, tightly wound crowd (hello, suits and chicks wearing sweater vests over button downs). The music is a bit too loud and their hip indie dance playlist of Hot Chip into Death From Above 1979 doesn't necessarily fit their clientele, or at least it didn't while I was there. It can, however, be a fun place with a good atmosphere.
The layout is nice and they have some cool, comfy booths - but my main issues with price (it was over sixty dollars each per person, we didn't even eat or drink that much) and the fact that the food just isn't amazing. If we're going to spend sixty bucks a head in NYC, we want amazing.
Food RundownFrench Onion Soup Dumpling
The girls loved it - I thought it was fine. Neat idea, a nice doughy dumpling the oozes French onion soup in your mouth but really? Do I need this for dinner? I don't know...I'd rather have a meat or veggie dumpling.Sweet & Sour Chicken Cashew Spring Rolls
To some extent, we will all eat a spring roll if there is one in front of us. These were nothing special, and they kind of tasted like they were frozen and heated up in the microwave.Bistro Salad with Haricot Vert, Tomato, Smoked Bacon & Poached Egg
My favorite dish of the night. As you will eventually learn from reading my life on the computer here, I have a deep and undying love for these beautiful mixtures of chopped up veggies. In life, salad is one of my favorite things. And this salad was great. Every once in a while I'm a bigtime sucker for a little French-style salad with smoked bacon and a poached egg. You can't get that at Chopt for lunch.Lobster Roll Slider
If there's a lobster roll on the menu, I'm ordering it. This one sucked. Don't make the same mistake as I did. Nine dollars for a bite size lobby roll ain't gonna cut it either.Braised Short Rib Soft Tacos
A nice little batch of three tacos, spicy and tasty for sure - but for nineteen dollars? Just not worth it. One person could potentially eat this as their main dish, have a salad to start and be full, but when you're ordering a bunch of little plates, it all starts adding up. This is one of the expensive dishes you can eliminate.Five Fragrance Baby Back Ribs
These might have been the worst ribs I've ever had. Honestly, they tasted kind of like the old-school Chinese food delivery place we used to order from growing up where the spare ribs came in that aluminum bag. I love ribs. What a shame. Two were left on the plate uneaten.Warm Doughnuts
Consensus says this was the best dish of the night. At least we left on a high note.