F&F: The Upholstery Store

March 3rd, 2010 by Dick Johnson

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… !


The Upholstery Store

What was your first impression?
Oh, this is cute.

Please rate the Bar:
It’s a sweet little thing. Small— about a half dozen stools, but well done. Brief but carefully crafted wine list. Just enough food to keep the munchies at bay.

Please rate the drinks/ cocktails/ wine:
N/A on the cocktails. The wine list has some nice choices. Reasonably priced. N/A on the stemware, too (sigh) except if you purchase a bottle. But even that stemware is crap, anyway. Oh well— just roll with it. If that garbage is good enough for Cipriani and Keith McNally, then in a place like this, it feels like Riedel.

Please rate the Dining Room:
N/A. There are a few tables and a nice quiet room in the back. It’s the "dining" they’re short on.

Please rate the BOH:
No BOH; there’s barely even an FOH. The bartender does a great job with what little food they have, though.

How was the staff?
She was fantastic. Welcoming, amiable, sweet, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, conscientious, diligent— absolutely perfect; she didn’t miss a beat. A place like this really needs a person like that to make it work well; they’re pretty lucky to have her.

What did you eat?/ How was the food?
Landjäger : Delicious. Good bar food. Nice presentation with the mustard and horseradish.
Pickled Vegetables : I’m a sucker for pickled okra anywhere. I’m sold. The string beans, cucumber and red peppers were good, too.
Apple Strudel :Mit schlag! Ohh boy. Mmmmit schlaaag…

What did you like?
All of it.

What did you dislike?
Uggh— fine, I can live with the glassware.

What was your last impression?
What a great little jewel…

Would you come back?

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
Thank you, it was a pleasure.


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