My girlfriend and I decided to go to Sala One Nine on a Friday night around 7pm for the first time. Sala had a very warm feeling to it, but was really crowded., with the after work crowd, and a mixture of others. We forgot to make reservations, and ended up waiting at the front bar, which was way to crowded and small to keep people waiting for about an hour. But its expected.. no biggy because I was dying to taste their food. Well,,,Just before we came up with the idea to call the Bowery location to make a reservation so we can finally eat, we were seated. The selections were great, there was plenty tapas/entrees to choose from, we had the Paella, which was really tasty, we also had the coquetas hamon it was just delightful. The grilled calamari wasnt the best. I must say I felt the man at the bar, who could possible be the owner/host was a little preoccupied, we asked for a recommendation of what was good on the menu, and he had no suggestions. You would think he would have some feedback. He seemed like he was juggling 4 jobs at one time. As soon as we finished our delicious desert our check was placed on the table. I will go back there again, but I will make sure to have reservations first, and possible come at an earlier time in the day, so I dont feel rushed, I can only image how this place is on the weekend. This is not to discourage anyone, its just not a good feeling when you want to sit and relax after a long work week, to feel rushed to leave. It left a bad taste in my mouth.
Pros: Food, atmosphere, music
Cons: Service could be better, too crowded, tables veryyyyyy close together