F&F: B.E.S.

August 16th, 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 luck[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… !



What was your first impression?
It’s not "between 10th and 11th Aves." It’s actually on the corner of 11th Ave.

Please rate the Bar:
It’s… cute?
And, to make a long story short, you’ll like it much much better if you have absolutely no expectations. Wait, scratch that— more like: you’ll like it much much better if you go in expecting it to be "fabulous."

Please rate the drinks/ cocktails/ wine:
The wine list is pretty decent— diverse with some nice selections at relatively fair prices. (Especially if you keep in mind how "fabulous" this place is.) The cocktails list, likewise, has a good combination of classic and unique concoctions. If, however, you’re a discerning drinker, keep an eye out for last minute substitutions. Like, for example, if they "ran out" of "Reposado Tequila," they just may decide to throw Montezuma in there instead. If this is the type of thing that doesn’t remotely faze you, you’re good. Otherwise, you might want to point out the oversight.

Please rate the Dining Room:
Not bad. An astute enough utilization of the spare-ish square footage. It’s "fabulous."

Please rate the BOH:
Better than I expected, although I didn’t have much. I mean, come on, who orders food in a "fabulous" place? The two things I tried were pretty good, though…

How was the staff?
Ha ha ha ahaah. They’re "fabulous."
Dude, what can I say. They’re of the species that you either utterly despise or feel right at home and most comfortable amongst. So ya know— if your digs away from your crib include places like La Esquina, Indochine, Kenmare, Rose Bar, The Box, The Boom Boom, etc— come on down, your peeps are waiting for you. But if you’re the type who enjoys playing interweb BINGO for a Ko reservation or standing patiently in line for a seat at Market Table, maybe save your time and energy and go to a Danny Meyer instead.
(P.S. This whole rigmarole about the "artists," by the way— uhh, yah. Suuure. If you’re an artist represented by Vito Schnabel maybe.)

What did you eat?/ How was the food?
Sauteed Shishito Peppers : Fine. All that soy sauce is actually less obtrusive than you’d think.
Caramelized Pork Belly and Watermelon :
Pretty good. Nice presentation, but just a wee more caramelization would have made a significant difference. Just a tad too mushy.

What did you like?
The bartender turned out to be a rather nice and fascinating person. No, really.

What did you dislike?
Well, had I known in advance, I would have worn my "fabulous" skin… And just come for a drink with a group of friends. Maybe later in the evening. Or something.

What was your last impression?
Who’s the umm "consultant," again? Cuz clearly, that’s quite relevant.

Would you come back?
Is somebody I know gonna drag me back here eventually? I’m thinking it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
Thanks. Oh, and good luck with your "real life" thing…



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