by Gaurav P. on
"Don't you know brunch it up, you've got to brunch it up!!" That was what I was thinking at 10:07am as I walked in to The Park (the time that I walked in will be important for a point that I make later in my review). Met my sister/brother in law and niece here for brunch this morning as we're looking for something different from our usual amazing brunch spot, AOC in the West Village...which has never failed us, ever. We ordered: - Huevos Rancheros ---- my brother in law is vegetarian, and typically orders this dish...he said it was "tasteless" - Tuna Nicoise Salad ---- There was exactly 5 pieces of 1x1inch diced up tuna which was cooked properly (seared) but overly drowned in a black pepper coating...and I love black pepper. ---- And exactly ONE egg cut up into quarters...really? 1 friggin egg?! wow guys! amazing! - Smoked Salmon, Egg Whites and Potato Pancake combo ---- my sister said this was good, the egg whites were soft and cooked properly, the potato pancake was overly oily/greasy - Coffee ---- there coffee is quite good, after putting cream and 2 sugars in it The food is meh at best, and I'm trying to be nice here... The outdoor seating area/garden is beautiful and large... They have fresh plants / fresh bamboo growing everywhere..tastefully As typical of meatpacking district, they have a very large amount of seating space... They serve a banana/nut bread at the table from Balthazar...which everyone loved except me. They open at 10am, but don't arrive prior to 10:07am because that's when they'll actually OPEN and UNLOCK the doors. wtf? They lost 3 couples worth of customers who were waiting outside wondering if they were open or not...during 10:02-10:06am! save your money and go somewhere else
by Christine R. on
I don't know how we ended up here- went out for a friend's homecoming to the East Coast, and we started out in the village; a total slumming-it kind of night, since he wasn't too much in a mood to really do it up. Then said friend's who makes way too much money mentioned that we should go to Marquee. I was pretty much in protest when I heard that. I had never been but I know it was a club.I pass this if we drive into the city to head back to nj and I always see long lines, b&t kind of folk (i'm from jersey but you know, there are different breeds of people that come over to the city), blah blah blah. I wasn't dressed at all for any sort of club- skinny jeans, flats, nice top, blazer-nice for a night out, definitely not for a club, and also I didn't feel like dropping a bunch of money for loud music and expensive drinks. I am also from nj but if I need to get my dance on, there are plenty of other places to do so, cheaper, etc. So we ended up here. My friend's friend (guy with bank) ended up getting here before us and paid his way to get in with his crew, which was kind of bs since we hadn't gotten there yet. Despite protests, my guy friend who usually is up for a clubby night , got our other guy friend to shell out money to get us all in past the rope, but then we also had to pay a cover once in. Once inside, it was crowded, full of ok looking people (it was kind of like old people night too /lots and lots of tourists). It was funny because they had us- who weren't dressed down per se, but definitely did not aim to go out clubbing- next to lots of super dressed up people. My friend bought drinks for me and him- a cocktail, beer, and two shots- it was 67 bucks, I guess I'm just so used to the slummin' set of nyc and my suburban living. the music wasn't even very good, so no, I will not return; I will stick to the smaller clubs and lounges I know and like.