by Stephanie L. on
I only come here for lunch with my boss/colleagues, so I don't know what it's like after work hours. BUT that being said, if you're in the area it's worth a visit. It's super old, creaky, and when you enter, it feels like you've been completely removed from NYC and placed into an old secret speakeasy. Strangely, if you read the story of this very special house on the back of the menu (and it has quite an interesting history), you'll find that at some point in time it was a speakeasy. Eccentric & very cool knick-knacks, random pictures, and ornaments scatter all over the walls and it does have a homey feel. The food is generally consistently good, and the prices are reasonable. Mostly bar-type food, but they have specials every day, though they seem to largely remain the same every time I've visited. My co-workers love their burger, but I particularly like their side roasted potatoes. The wait staff is superrr friendly and occasionally you'll get an waitress with an Irish accent. :) OH and when your right outside the front door, check out the line marking the Hudson River shore from back in the 1800s. Pretty amazing stuff.
by VinDivine R. on
PRO: Good vibe & people watching, great bar scene and awesome Lil' Big Macs! CON: Inconsistency! Dining experience kinda sucked.... **check out more reviews from NYC, SF and beyond on VinDivine. URL on our profile** So this is the tale of two tastings. Damn, alliteration again. Shit. Why a tale of two tastings, you ask? 'Cuz we went here twice, Einstein. Once last weekend when we were 'wowed' and since we were so impressed with the sliders and scene, came again last Friday for the Full Monty. Mistake. First, this place is definitely cool. Great space and design and lighting and bar and pretty people and..and...vibe. We were here pretty early on MLK day I think, around 6:30. Swaggered up to the bar and grabbed a couple drinks. STK is a great spot to have a bevvie or three! They have a cool bar and lounge area, and about 1,000 horns mounted above the bar. Watusi's, I believe.And believe me, I know a Watusi when I see one. 'Nuff said. We ordered some Lil Big Mac Sliders. Why are they they The Best F'ing Sliders Ever? 1) They're Wagyu cows, the snobbiest and most pretentious bovine roaming the earth. Quite bitchy I've heard. Even bitchier than a Watusi b) They were perfectly cooked...say it with me...RARE 3) Served on a fresh yummy black sesame seed bun that is smaller than the patty and c) comes with a slice of black truffle that neither overpowers or conflicts with the taste of the burger..Indeed, I say it does the perfect job of complementing the Wagyu. and 5) oozy good cheese and a special little sauce. OK, is that proof enough, hater? Good. We were so giddy we made resies for a full-on dinner extravaganza the next Friday @ 9. Bam. Wait. I mean Bum. As in Bummer, dude. We arrived, looking quite dashing I may say, just in time for our 9PM resies. We were warmly greeted by a huge doorman. I think he thought I might be Kevin Bacon. Whatever. We got the star treatment, grabbed a cocktail and a seat in the lounge area and got ready for an hour wait. But no! Within 20 minutes our dude came and showed us our table. Lemme tell ya, fella this place is a zoo. I mean that as a huge compliment. Or is it complement? Hmmm. I hate that. Kinda like 'effect'or 'affect'. Thank Larry & Sergei for Google. We had a couple next to us gettin' it on. Were they not leaving 'til 5 in the morn'? A table full of haters telling them to get a room, a couple coke heads next to us talking at about 200 decibels and about 200 MPH. Lotsa chicks in not much, great scene. Our server came right over. Let's jump ahead and call him a...what is a really dumb yet friendly animal? I like dogs. So let's go with that. A Labrador? I'm afraid I'll offend Labs everywhere with this, but whatever. We ordered and ordered fast. We knew what we wanted. The Lab obeyed. Here we go: Filet Medallions ($22), Hamachi Crudo ($16), an encore of the Lil' Big Mac Sliders ($25), Mac & Cheese ($9), and Mixed Mushrooms ($9). Stk manilogo What ensued? Man oh Manischewitz the STK train jumped the tracks on this one. I rarely get pissed off. And I got PISSED OFF. We could have sent the entire meal back to those idiots.Let's break it down for ya: First, they didn't course anything. Our table got bum rushed with everything at once! I got a little heated on that. It's like, really? But for some reason we took it. Up the ol...you get it. So the Filet Medallion...was not medallions, but a chuck of Filet. We ordered Medallions! Bad dog. The meat was pretty good, could have been a little more rare, but, the wrong dish. Plus, we ordered two sauces, the Chimichurri and STK. Only one made an appearance. Next, the Hamachi Crudo. The best dish of the night. Very fresh, a nice portion with fresh shaved veggies and herbs. Clean, nice. Me likee. Next (well, you know, all at once, just 'next' because I can't write all at once, like they served it. Mac & Cheese. Like I know Watusi's, I know M&C. This was baked for a nice crunch on top, and it looked good. But somebody left the top off the salt shaker when they spiced this puppy. Ewe. NG. Overpowering salt, not great cheese. And then, the encore of what I proclaimed as The Best F'ing Sliders Ever. The Lil' Big Macs. Ordered...rare. Yes, I'm as tired typing that as you are reading it. Well, they showed up on our table more medium to medium well. Yes, still great Wagyu. Yes, the bun, the truffle the oozy cheese and special sauce. But overdone!!! OK, the Mushrooms. WTF cares! I was so pissed off I almost slugged the coked out dude next to me. OK, to end on a sweet note, we had the Strawberry Cotton Candy. How was it? WTF cares! I'm pissed off again! Plus this idiot Labrador waiter rang us up for a bottle of wine we never ordered! Arrgghh. Bottom line VdV suggestion: Go for the bar, (maybe) order some sliders. Skip dinner. Just enjoy watching the circus!
by Luther Sucgang on
The mood for the evening was set with the ultra snooty attitude of the lady behind the bar. She could have obviously cared less whether we were there or not. On top of that: $14 for a cocktail in Inwood???? Seriously, that's almost even steep for midtown. This aside, the place does have an energy about it. The decor is nice except for a few cheap touches. I ordered the Seafood Paella which had my mouth watering... until it arrived. The "half lobster" was really a half lobster tail that I could not gnaw through with my molars had I tried. It was rubbery enough that i had to take it OUT of my mouth (always a proud moment) and attempt to cut it with a knife. Not only that, many of the ingredients were not fresh... the scallops tiny and clearly out of a can, the peas and red peppers... out of a can. Let's put it this way: the dish wasn't hideous, but it certainly wasn't worth the $28 price tag. On the other hand, my dinner partner had the sirloin steak which was quite tasty. His manchego mash tatoe's were clearly made much earlier in the day and had been sitting for quite some time. Food C- Cocktails C Service C Ambiance B