by Stephanie L. on
Overrated and WAY too expensive for what it is. The food is just horrible, my steak was way over-cooked. Why bother asking me how I like my steak if you're just going to cook it all the way through. I also had a corn chowder appetizer and I could have totally done without the sour foam which tasted like the chef threw up over my dish. This restaurant is definitely trying way to hard to be trendy. If you like trendy restaurants, I would pick Bazaar over XIV any day. Also, I came with a party of 8 and we made reservations a week ahead of time. Instead of giving us a large table..they shoved us in a tiny table fit for 4. We were so squished and when we asked for a larger table (THAT WAS OPEN), they said it was reserved for another group (and by the way, the group ended up only having 5 people).
by Max K. on
STK was by far one of the best meals I've ever eaten in my life. The experience I had here was absolutely amazing. Right from the get go, my friend and I were treated like royalty. Our waiter was unbelievably attentive, helpful, and above all not pushing the most expensive items on the menu to us when my friend and I asked for recommendations. In terms of the scene, this is an excellent place to go to before you go out. For those of you that don't like the Meat Packing, honestly it doesn't like you either. So don't hate on this restaurant because it attracts a certain clientele. The food was spectacular. The Lil Big Macs were delicious. The tuna tar tar was incredible. One thing that is a must - SWEET CORN PUDDING. I'm pretty sure that the chef's sprinkle crack in it. My fillet mignon was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth like butter. If you are looking for a place to literally party while you eat (sounds crazy but it's so fun) then STK is the spot for you. The DJ was bumping the hotness, so I was singing the words to big pimpin as I was eatin my fillet. Awesome. All and all, A+.
by Dominique Stebe on
Why does Medjool fail to satisfy and fulfill its potential as a nighttime social destination? Part of it is the big picture, and part of it is in the details. Located in my beloved Mission, Medjool is a noticeably large establishment, with more than three levels, including a dance floor, an indoor balcony loft area, and the crown jewel, the rooftop bar. Sounds like a powerhouse combination, with a little something for everyone. Details, my fellow rateclubers, details, read on. As soon as you enter, the first floor provides a wide open space and wooden floor to get your freak on, with a bar flanking the right side. Weird thing is, there's a dead zone as soon as you enter, which either means not enough people are going there to fill the space to capacity, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, or it's just poor space planning and management. I'd like to think it's the latter, but what I do know about running a nighttime establishment? I mean, I only go out to a wide range of restaurants, bars, and clubs, and I have what many would consider well refined and sophisticated taste. But I digress... If you decide you've had enough showing off your steps, or you just have no rhythm, you have the option of moving on up, literally, to the other floors. Problem is, the 2nd floor reeks of sweat, which is a major turnoff. I've been in bikram yoga studios with carpeted floors, and the olfactory experience was unplesantly reminiscent to Medjool's, which is a big thumbs down in my book. If I want to be bombarded by the stench of human perspiration, I'll go into a steam room, and even there it doesn't smell like somones pits. Blech. Attention! Roof top bar, super chic! Ehh, is my response. Assuming you're not feeling the rest of the spot, you can choose to hoof it up three flights of stairs(the elevators never seem to be available) to the rooftop, which sounds awesome, and it is in regards to the view of the downtown skyline. However, it's almost like someone set up temporary bingo night, with foldings tables and chairs, an unfinished floor, and a mickey mouse bar that serves crappy overly carbonated beer. Seriously? It's almost like management intentionally chose to half ass their investment into the space. I equate it to buying a new 65 inch flat screen, and getting only standard definition service from an aluminum foil antenna. Wow, big time nerd alert. You get the point though. Yes, I acknowledge Medjool has potential, but it never fully realizes it, and the execution by management is deplorable. I think the main reason why Medjool fails to please is that it exemplifies in a microcosm the clash of social demographics within the Mission, and all the factors mentioned above only exacerbates the fact that the people frequenting the place are usually annoyingly pretentious yuppies moving in large packs wanting to hang out in the cool Mission because they're tired of their homogenous North Beach/Marina hangouts, and clusters of ludicrous skinny jeans donning hipsters looking to defend their "turf" from the previously mentioned sycophantic social travelers. This place is so hot! NOT!