F&F: Bongo

March 2nd, 2010 by Vanilla Ice

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… !


Bongo (West Village)

What was your first impression?
Whoa, it’s kind of bright in here. Oh, but— these other rooms are cute.

Please rate the Bar:
Not bad. Kind of glaring at first, but the bartender was very amenable to turning the lights down as per my request (and she was amiable to boot). The bar looks pretty worn-in for a place that’s only a few months old, though. But it has its charm.

Please rate the drinks/ cocktails/ wine:
Quite a vast cocktail list; I could see how this place could be quite popular in the summertime in this area. The wine list is decent, with some reasonably priced selections. Beer… even a little sake… yeah, they got you covered.

Please rate the Dining Room:
Uh, N/A? There’s not so much a dining room here— more like two separate loungey rooms plus a bar room (food "served everywhere"). Interesting set-up. Imaginative use of a rather awkward space.

Please rate the BOH:
Surprisingly good, especially for a place that looks more like a bar/lounge than a restaurant. Simple, straightforward, no frills. Just some nice quality food.

How was the staff?
LOL. The hostess/bartender/waitress was a real peach. Warm, welcoming, enthusiastic and diligent. And the runner/busperson was good too.

What did you eat?/ How was the food?
1 doz (mixed) East Coast oysters : Great. Very fresh and delicious. And at the "happy hour" half-off price, a real bargain all right.
Lobster roll : Very good. Nicely done— of the ‘not so much mayo’ variety. Slightly smaller chunks than its (slightly higher-priced) contemporaries (Mary’s, Ed’s, e.g.) but still a good serving and very flavorful. Good work with the spices. Satisfying.
Crab Cake Sandwich : Good. Somewhat trite in its execution (except for the avocado slices), but flavorful. Really not bad at all.
Homemade Cole Slaw : Very nice. Hearty. Love the red cabbage…
Corn salsa : Very refrigerator-cold, but tasty. Better than you’d expect from something called "corn salsa."

What did you like?
The oysters were great.

What did you dislike?
It’s a bit of a haul in the wintertime— but in the summer…!

What was your last impression?
I’m glad I tried it.

Would you come back?
Yes, definitely. See you in the spring!

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
If you could change the weather, I’d be all for it.


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