by Monica Z. on
Carman's is like the dive bar of brunch - it's a tiny space crammed with colorful characters, vaguely shocking decor, a limited menu, and a very low opinion of what you think it should be doing differently. It's also the most scrumptious and off-center brunch around. Everything is cooked by Carman herself - an outrageous woman in every possible way - which is particularly impressive since whatever you order is really a three to four person-sized amount of food. (I've got a shiny American quarter with your name on it if you actually managed to finish one of her plates.) It's also a crazy culinary adventure that you should absolutely NOT embark on if you require a turkey club on the menu to feel comfortable. Have they served turtle on their brunch menu? They have. (And it was smashingly good.) And it's often a borderline educational experience, too, as their omelets are almost always filled with cheeses and vegetables I didn't even know existed. My only complaint about Carman herself is that she is her own best audience, and therefore really hard to shut up once she gets going. The first time she tells you about the nightclub she owned in North Philly or the fancy Upenn surgeon who owes her so many favors she can get you early entry into grad school is entertaining - the second or third time I wanted to tell her to shut up and let us have a private conversation. The best time to try it: on a weekday around 1:15, when there's hardly ever a wait. (Though you're a sitting duck for the stories....so pick your battle.)
by Earline Friesz on
If I could give no stars, I would. Honestly, I was so irritated with my experience at Red House that it made me want to create a rateclubs account. Just a little background, I work in a restaurant and understand the importance of service, and I don't know if I have ever been so annoyed with a dining experience. Our server, Elise, was a ghost. Waters went unfilled. Cocktails were ignored. We even had to flag her down to give her our credit card. At one point, I asked for dressing and I don't know where she went. Perhaps she was churning the dressing herself, but she never reappeared. Thankfully, my friend knew one of the other servers and he kindly got me a side of dressing. 10 minutes later.... she showed up with dressing. Super. Management wasn't much better. Standing around texting while guests are clearly unhappy and giving the stinkface is bad service. (And obviously prompts people to create rateclubs accounts to rant about it.) Oh God, I've been so busy with talking about the "service" that I've forgotten my ridiculously priced disgusting pizza!! I "created my own" 11 inch with 3 toppings for $15. It was limp, doughy and blah. That's crazy bananas. I have absolutely no problem paying money for good food but ugh. Gross. Ick. Bottom Line: For my money and my taste buds, I choose Frank & Angie's.
by Gretta Blommer on
Food: There is a halal cart by the doorway that is packed with patrons from this place. As the night goes on, the cart's line gets longer and longer. Speaks about the food from Park. Drink: Full bar, poor selection of beers. Jager bomb was tiny. Drinks were watered/juiced down. Lots of places to pick up a weak drink though, bar downstairs, upstairs, or table service. Service: Waiting by a bar will be quicker than table service. Depending on amount of people, you will have to elbow your way in to get the bartenders attention. Crowd/Ambiance: Meatpacking crowd. Expect what you would expect from them. Typical club scene, dance floor is packed upstairs and lots of people chatting by the bar downstairs. The stairway looping around the walls was nice. Patio seating is provided in addition to the indoor tables.Smoking allowed at patio. Can't hate on a place too hard, when I can light up a cigar. If the drinks were stronger it be a good place to come with a group to catch up (yell at each other) over loud music. Also would have been a nice venue to meet an ugly chick/dude (whatever your into) if the drinks were stronger too, due to the non existent lighting. Imagine that, darkness makes a 1 into a 5 then beer goggles bring it up to a 10.