After passing Club A quite a few times and reading the great reviews, my husband and I decided to try it for Valentine?s Day. We were seated about 20 min. after our reservation, which I thought was fine since it was V-Day. We were led upstairs to a beautifully decorated, intimate dining room. Once seated, things went from classy to tacky? My husband noticed 1-inch pieces of numbered masking tape on the back of each chair. It was clear they were the table numbers, but even in chain restaurants, I have never seen obvious table numbering to help the wait staff know where to go. That lack of professionalism was carried through the rest of the night ? horrible, excruciatingly slow service (so bad you become ?friends? with the couples eating at surrounding tables because you compare stories), an owner constantly on the floor directing his staff (instead of behind the scenes), etc. But the worst part is that they piped in live music from a different room in the restaurant. This sounds nice but was the worst part of the evening. The singer had a nice voice and sang against pre-recorded music (karaoke-style) but treated the situation like it was a cheesy Vegas lounge, with one bad joke after another (one example: My friend from Moscow wanted to come to NYC to become a taxi driver but they wouldn?t let him because he was Pakistani). He told more jokes than he sang, which is really not what you want to hear when you?re trying to enjoy an expensive, romantic dinner. In addition, he didn?t stick to songs by Frank Sinatra and other crooners, but decided songs like Hava Nagilah and Kid Rock?s All Summer Long were appropriate choices. And if that wasn?t bad enough, he played pre-recorded sound effects of gun shots and sirens throughout the evening (no, I?m not kidding). The food was average for a steakhouse, but nothing could make up for the tacky entertainment and horrible service. If it were any other night besides Valentine's Day, we would have gotten up and left.
Cons: Tacky lounge singer with bad jokes piped throughout restaurant