by Londa Crossman on
Having parents that were both born and raised in Brighton, I've heard about a lot of restaurants, bars and clubs from "back in the day". My mother's favorite chinese food has always been Golden Temple, so I decided to give it a try shortly after i turned 21. The food was fantastic! We ordered about 90 dollars in appetizers and pigged out, but didn't feel guilty, seeing as the food is actually made with healthy ingredients. The vegetable tempura stood out to me the most, with a light, flaky batter but not heavy at all. The drink selection was awesome as well. I had ordered a Blue Moon but they were out, so, our waiter (who was very nice and funny) suggested a beer i had just finished laughing at.. That's right. Hoegaarden. I immediately fell in love with it! They also have interesting mixed drinks (recommeding the Nutty Monkey and Rock Lobster) My only complaint would be parking, but its a prime location so that's to be expected. I've gone back twice since and plan on going again.
by Melva Sayas on
Now, I can understand why a lot of people are giving Rouge bad reviews- It is a B&T club. It tries to be trendy, can have sub-satisfactory service, may try to rip you off in any number of ways, and can have a lame crowd at times. That all could warrant a one star, but then I sit and think "Hey, this is basically what I expect from all bridge & tunnel clubs!" I'm not saying that all of them are the same as Rouge, but when I saw the scantily clad, upturned nose line outside, next to meat-head bouncers, my expectations went down a bit. When the chick working the door (wearing an outfit that probably consisted of less than one square foot of fabric) gave me and my friends a torrent of attitude when we had problems finding our names on the list, my expectations went down a bit more. After getting in at 10:50 and avoiding the $15 cover, and a $3 coat check fee later, we decided to get a bottle of vodka with drink service in our VIP booth. How much for a 750ml bottle of Smirnoff served with some Rockstars, Cranberry and Orange juice? $180. Wow. But hey, even though we could get all of that at Walgreen's across the street for $29, why not. Other than all of that, honestly the night wasn't too bad. For the most part the crowd (Which consisted almost entirely of B&T) were good looking, all very clean and well dressed, and many of them were there to have fun (while of course a number of others were acting like stuck-up supermodel wannabees.) Most of the staff inside were nice and accommodating, my drinks at the bar were served very fast, and the bathroom attendant was a very friendly guy. The micro-miniskirt wearing ladies dancing on the bar that night were hot, very fun too watch, and gave out free booze! I guess I didn't give this place less stars because it is decorated quite well (even if a bit over the top) inside, and most of the people partying there just 'clicked' that night (12/23/06.) The music wasn't too bad, mostly your typical popular hip-hop dance stuff right off of the radio, nothing more than eight years old. As it is with most clubs, it's hard to have it both ways. What I mean by this is that it's hard to create a trendy dance club for bridge and tunnelers while keeping prices reasonable and staff/clientele non-pretentious. I had a pretty good time when I went here; and although it certainly isn't my favorite club in the city, I probably wouldn't mind going here if someone did a good enough job of getting me drunk and begging me to.