by chris b. on
Yes, I feel like a moron for going here. Normally a 80% empty restaurant in the meatpacking at 8pm on a Wednesday means something's wrong. But I foolishly thought because chef Hung from Top Chef was here, we'd be in for a treat. This place is clearly weeks from shutting. There is no way a property like this can afford to sit so empty for long, and clearly they are putting NOTHING into the food, so we're in "giving up" time. We ordered 6 dishes, all from the sushi bar or apps. Each of them was hugely underwhelming. I define this underwhelming as, I can get much better version of the same dish, for half the price elsewhere. We got fried rice. Yup, just like the chinese restaurant down the road. We got steamed pork buns, could not hold a candle to momofuku. We got spicy tuna, garden variety. Decent piece of fish, rice and nothing else of any interest, except the $15 price. We got scallops, one of them was undercooked, and the sauce tasted like chef boyardee. My wife has shrimp dumplings that were gamey, I could only muster a small taste, it was so disgusting. My wife told the waiter the scallops were undercooked and the dumpling was gamey, he waved her off, as if because she was a woman she wouldn't know whether they were proper or not. I have a few years in the restaurant business and I tasted, she was spot on... but the waiter didn't give a flying you know what. We're not dirtbags, we were not asking for a freebie, he asked and we explained why we didn't finish either of the fish dishes.... For the record, they charged us for all of it. I asked if Hung was there. The waiter said yes. I expressed my surprise because this whole meal felt like a giant ripoff.... The waiter explained that really there are only a couple of signature dishes that really are good. WTF???????? So Hung will put his name as Exec Chef on the menu and because i didn't order one or two of his dishes, what do I get, garbage? Where I come from if you put your name on it, it represents you. sometimes that means doing a great job one something that is otherwise not so great, i.e. fried rice. But if you're the top chef in the world, I sure as heck expect something better than my local crappy Chinese restaurant. So seriously, let this place do itself a favor and fade off into the distance. You're not even going to have a good time, it was dead empty when we were there. They got $200 from me. Don't let them take your hard earned cash as well. Chris
by Terence Hinegardner on
This place might be the hugest club I've ever been to in my life apart from huge warehouse rave parties and outdoor events. Those are faraway memories I'd like to permanently delete out of my brain. I like this place because you have this MASSIVE outdoor patio, then you got two huge sections on the indoor. It's crowded, yet you don't feel the crowd. There are PLENTY Of places you can go to if you get bored. And the music was quite good too. The only annoying part is the line. It can get annoying. I was on the VIP and still yet I had to wait in line forever. That wasn't fun. Great part was that my friend knew the bartender, and we got hooked up quite a bit.