My friend and I went to catch a drink at Yuca Bar on a weeknight this week. According to the official website, the places closes at 1 am everyday. We ordered a drink at 11:30 pm that night, took our drinks from the bar, and sat down to catch up on the nearby stools in the corner. At 12:05 am, the bartender, much to our shock, yells out of nowhere at my friend and I, "You ladies to have 3 minutes to finish your drink and get out." His stunned fellow staff started laughing nervously, thinking he was joking, but he only proceeded to get angrier and nastier at us, exclaiming "I'm trying to get home tonight and I can't wait here another 2 hours for you to finish your drink!" "This is New York. You should've realized we were closing down. Don't you see there's no one else in the restaurant?" etc etc. Our glasses were still almost full. We pointed out the two other patrons still remaining at the back of the restaurant, who hurriedly paid their bill and left. We also pointed out that chugging a tumbler of alcohol was hardly appropriate and that we needed a little more time to finish the drinks -- not two hours, just a few minutes more than three. He responded with a volley of sarcastic comments and more rudeness. We left as soon as we could, still reeling at how, in all these years in New York City, never have we, or anyone we know, encountered a bartender so foul-mouthed as this one. On our way out, we looked for any posted timings, thinking may be we had read the website wrong, but there were none. If the owners are really not interested in running a restaurant professionally, save yourselves some trouble and just say so. There are a thousand places within walking distance that would be glad to have our business, and that still treat people with some respect and dignity.
Cons: rude bartender, false advertising