F&F: Pudding Stones (Carmine)

February 23rd, 2010 by abbe diaz

PX This presents THE F&F REVIEW

Hey, sorry we couldn’t make it to "Friends&Family," we were out of town/ had to work/ not invited. We’re really glad we finally managed to come by, though— it’s so nice to see you!
What’s that? You would still like us to take the time to fill out the F&F survey, because you’d love to take advantage of all our vast experience, knowledge, insight, and expertise as long as we’re already here? Because you invited 75 people to F&F, and afterward all you got was 41 "Congrats[es]!" 22 "Awesome[s]!" 3 "Ciao[s]!" and 9 "Best of lucks[s]!" ?
Of course, we’d be honored. Oh ha, yesss, we’ll be honest— brutally honest even, ha ha! After all, that’s what friends & family are for!
No no please, don’t send anything more, we’re stuffed, we can’t breathe, you’ll have to roll us out of here, ha ha ha… !


Pudding Stones Wine Bar- 48 Carmine St [CLOSED July 2010]

What was your first impression?
this is kinda cute.

Please rate the Bar:
cozy, warm, friendly. simple.

Please rate the drinks/ cocktails/ wine:
n/a on the liquor. the wine list is decent, though. nice choices, eclectic, okay in value. in this day/age (/neighborhood) though, i would think a few more adventurous [read: reasonably priced] choices would probably be much appreciated.

Please rate the Dining Room:
very simple. but by virtue of that, somewhat endearing.

Please rate the BOH:
the BOH is in the FOH, and they could use a little more work. evidently however, "it’s a brand new crew," so i’ll give em a minute to work it out…
i like the menu, though— just straightforward, unfussy comfort food. an everyday joint.

How was the staff?
the "staff" (host/bartender/executive chef) is an owner, i presume? nice guy. and the waiter/busboy is affable enough.

What did you eat?/ How was the food?
i had the guacamole with blue corn chips, the fried shrimp, the pigs in a blanket, the fried chicken and one other thing i can’t even recall right now. which kinda brings me to my point: the menu is fine in its simplicity, but simple is one thing and pedestrian is totally another. it doesn’t seem as if PuddingStones has put their stamp on anything, which is odd for an established eatery (i take it they have several locations in midtown). the food is sorely lacking in any distinctive "fingerprint." i feel as though the enthusiasm, conviction, and professionalism is there, but the execution is very trite. i really would love to see them step up their game just a little bit.

What did you like?
they’re very friendly and amiable. and i do like the menu.

What did you dislike?
nothing really.

What was your last impression?
i could like this place very much if they roll up their sleeves…

Would you come back?
i’ll give them another try in a little while.

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
thank you, i would like that.



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One Response to “F&F: Pudding Stones (Carmine)”

  1. Feed Me Says:

    This is in my nabe so I hope it gets better. Nice bar tho.

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