by Shona Fronce on
This is my favorite restaurant.period. I am waiting for the STK in Miami to open. The vibe is always a good time and I've never had a problem with the service. You should call for reservations though--It's always packed. Try the shrimp appy, steak with blue butter, and the mac and cheese. It's simply the best. Molten chocolate cake for dessert...mmm. This spot is in the meat packing district and worth the cab ride, and even the trip to NYC!
by Joe C. on
Rateclub DYGay* [this review has footnotes] is a great place to meet straight women. Trust me. So I got to Martuni's around 7:00 and realized I've never actually been inside the place before. Despite an impressive menu of cocktails, I ordered a beer (because everyone else was drinking martinis and cosmos and I just like to be different; unless I am in a bar full of beer drinkers, in which case I like to be like everyone else). The beer was $4 - par for the course. I stood around for a moment wondering where the rest of the DYGay gang was, then I heard these odd strains of the Yes song Wondrous Stories . . . except it wasn't Yes, it was a lounge singer and a piano. Wow, that's weird - one, because it's just f**king weird (70s prog rock done lounge style?), and two, because I didn't see a piano. Oh wait - this place has a back room! I wandered in and, lo and behold, there was the whole DYGay* crew - lovely friendly gay men, and lovely friendly straight women all. Sadly, they all had to leave shortly thereafter, so one of the breeder chicks and I wandered up to the regular DYL** at the Page ( http://www.rateclubs.com/bi...) . . . So, as for Martuni's: Plusses: lots of fancy cocktails; free tortilla chips; good $4 local beers on tap; nice dark sultry lighting; plush velvet vibe; friendly happy crowd; *almost* but not quite walking distance to my house; weird lounge music. Minuses: I can't think of any. 5 stars for starting my Friday night off right. Footnotes: *For those who actually have lives and don't waste all their time writing Rateclub reviews and having locker-room wit wars with other Rateclubers: DYGay is the gay response to DYL. **For those who actually have lives and don't waste all their time writing Rateclub reviews and having locker-room wit wars with other Rateclubers: DYL stands for Destroy Your Liver, and it's an almost-weekly Friday happy hour unofficial non-exclusive Rateclub-type event for hanging out and getting to know other Rateclubers, and non-Rateclubers, and getting wasted, and losing your pants.
by Stefanie L. on
I've been here once before to visit my friend who was performing on amateur night. I finally got the chance to come back.. and here's what I learned: I LOVE EATING WITH MY HANDS TO AL GREEN CLASSICS.... My first time having Ethiopian food and it was sooo awesome! We had the Sambussa's and the sampler plate and we got to try all different types of finger foods. The Sambussa is definitely outstanding. I personally liked the vegetarian options on the sampler plate. The meat options were okay, but the veggie ones had unique textures and flavors that were all very tasty to me. Towards the middle of our meal, a jazz band got on and played... sang Georgia and Al Green ballads...heeeeeeeeeeey! Everyone in the lounge was swaying and dancing.. its all about the music here. It makes me want to try Yoshi's and see how the jazz and food over there compares... Also I have to give it a 5+ because I've never been around such a rich and diverse crowd. It sure puts some spice into the environment compared to places like the Marina and the Sunset--which I love, but the crowds are less mixed. People joining together for the music.. that's what it's about! oooooh let's stay togeeeetther... :)