upon first entering this restaurant to attend one of their annual events, the looks alone prompted me to expect a fabulous experience. however, there was very little about my experience that was enjoyable and absolutely nothing that will lure me back.
the annual event that i attended was a wine tasting, with a benefit for charity. the event was poorly planned and executed. there were several tables serving wine and a list of wines by table, but no numbers on the tables.
there were crowded clusters around each table, making it impossible to have a conversation with the hosts presenting the wines, and, except for one, the hosts themselves had very little to say to make our party feel welcome. before we had a chance to make it to some of the tables, they had run out of wines for tasting.
also, there were absolutely no palate cleansers whatsoever except a few bottles of water, making the differentiation between the wines (all variations of the same type of wine) nearly impossible.
the invitation to the event suggested that food would be involved/included, so we moved inside to the restaurant after being frustrated at not being able to proceed easily from one table to the next. we were greeted upon entering the restaurant but the hospitality stopped right there.
having been a regular at several upscale wine bars in new york city, i expected that this one would be no different. unfortunately, i was horribly wrong.
there was no consistency in who exactly was tending to our table, since three different people were coming and going from all over the restaurant and were hardly present at all during our meal. the most frequent ""waiter"" to our table was sarcastic, negligent, rude, and messy, spilling water all over our food. several times we made eye contact with our original ""waiter"" who introduced the menu, and who never returned to our table after that.
the food itself was also disappointing. each was lacking something: the mussels had no bread, lemons, or small forks. the salad looked like mint and tasted like arugula with avocado smeared all over and no hint of the vinaigrette that it was supposed to come with. the cheese plate was a mere six wedges, all of the same cheese, with two sliced grapes. in essence, the food was overpriced and under-performing.
needless to say, when the service is good but the food is lacking, a person may be tempted to return for the atmosphere. however, compared to other wine bars in this city alone, this one is a far cry from being in the same league in all areas, except for the wine selection. even then, i'd prefer to spend my wine browsing and tasting anywhere else in the city.
Pros: bread, wine selection
Cons: service, food, events