Ok, let's tell it like it is... the place has history and is a favorite of mine for fun, fancy lunches. Today when I arrived, I was greeted by a friendly man, who shook my hand and told me that the hostess would be back shortly. We stood in the bar, near the hostess stand and waited about five minutes... when the hostess finally arrived, there was quite a queue... more than ten people lined up behind us waiting to be served. What does the hostess do when she gets there? She takes the first two older women who are pressed up to the hostess stand and completely ignores us standing to her side. I spoke up that it was we who should be seated, but she ignored me. Of course, we were later seated, in a somewhat remote table. Then... service... SLOOOOOW.... where were drinks? Where was some water? Some ""waiter?"" When I finally ordered the Old Fashioned I was craving, to my astonishment, the waiter asked me ""what is that?"" I couldn't believe it. I almost wanted to quip ""wait, did I step into Sizzler by mistake?"" I mean, HONESTLY! So, I had to EXPLAIN to the waiter how to make one, and that was my first clue... ""DON'T ORDER IT!"" said my conscience... but I let them give it a shot. Well, they ""bombed."" The drink was horrendous. It was soda and bourbon with an orange slice. I couldn't believe it. Then, we ordered dinner salads. Hey, did you know that you can make a SUPERB dressing with a store bought creamy caesar, olive oil, fresh garlic and anchovy paste? It's my little secret and I'll share it with you, but let's not tell the folks at the Polo Lounge. Their caesar salad, albeit served with excellent, succulent chicken, was so lackluster... if I'd have been close enough to a grocery store and if it wouldn't have appeared too impolite (the place IS a little bit full of itself, you know, so I dared not), I'd have run out and bought better dressing. In the end? The place is simply overpriced and underskilled in the art of fine dining.
Pros: Beautiful decor, private, unintrusive
Cons: I'd rather be intruded on somewhere where they have a great bartender and lesser decor!