by Hayden Turk on
I felt like I was listening to the same, very long song all night. All they played was trance/techno/some variation of UNCE UNCE UNCE. Aside from the fact that I'm not a big fan of house music, I'd have to give this place 4 stars for it's crowd. Very lively and very crowded, BUT it's pretty tiny so for those who aren't as talented as go-go dancers at dancing to house music, you'll definitely be bumping elbows while doing the jumping up and down and bobbing dance associated with this music. And damn do you get sweaty. -1 star for the overpoweringly sweet smell of flowers coming from the bathroom area and -1 star for its location down a random alley that makes me think of muggings and illegal deals.
by Robin A. on
The pizzas and salads are great. Salads are dressed a little on the heavy side but still good. The only downside (during lunch) is that it's SO loud that it's difficult to have a conversation.
by Foodie Buddha F. on
When I try a new restaurant, the most important thing to me is "expectations." Given that fact, two things are apparent. Top Flr is a solid restaurant and it has been grossly overrated. The space has been expanded and the decor is a vast improvement over the previous establishment. It is simple (black on white) and sparsely decorated (in a good way). The music is solid and there is a nice vibe at the place. I was a little surprised by the personal style(s) of the patrons. It seemed out of place given the "hip" atmosphere the restaurant has. There was a decent crowd for a Monday night. They had two tables upstairs, a large group at a table in the new room and one table outside. Add to that the handful of people at the bar and they were doing a pretty solid business. I was underwhelmed with the service, but not so much that I would not return. It was the bartender's first night; but given the circumstances, I think he's just not that good at what he does. He was not particularly busy and he did not spend a lot of time chatting with the customers - so I'm not sure why the service was sub-standard, but it was. I was there for at least 5 minutes before he acknowledged me, and each of my dishes sat on the service line for an extended period of time before I was served. The food was fine, though I felt my meal was about $5-$7 too expensive. I ordered a well vodka tonic, the cheese plate, and the Pappardelle with Shrimp. The cheese plate was solid. There were three cheeses which were all of reasonable quality. Some of the flavors did not work for me - but that was more my palette than anything else. I was perturbed that they nickel and dime you for the bread. It was not included with the cheese plate and the server did not inform me that it was $.75. Not a big enough charge to throw your arms up - but I felt like I was at Taco Bell and had asked for a side of sour cream. As with the main course, the price point was about $3-4 too high (it came in at eleven). My main dish was the pappardelle, shrimp, & ravioli ($14). I was confused as to why they would have a dish with pappardelle and ravioli - but oh well. On the plus side, I felt there was a good quantity of shrimp in the dish; however, there were a number of shortcomings. First and foremost, there was no Pappardelle. I am not sure how this happened, but it did. Additionally, the shrimp were not of the quality I expected given the price point. They tasted somewhere in between "frozen" and "fresh." Given how the seafood markets work - I should have known better. However, I was still bummed they couldn't get a higher quality product to me. Additionally the dish was not properly seasoned. It just so happens that there was too much garlic. It made me happy because I am a huge garlic fan; however, they should not be commended for that. Regardless of the shortcomings, the food was good enough and the vibe was solid. I would not travel more than 3 miles to eat here, but since I live close - I will return. It is certainly plausible that they just had an off night.