by Arleen Klee on
I really wanted to like this place. I'm a huge carnival fan and I am in love with Coney Island and the games you find at such places. however, when My friend asked me out to her birthday party, I squealed in delight at her " Come to this carnival themed Club with me", What I found was anything but fun. FAIRNESS: Let me start by being fair to the place itself, the theme is an amazing and unique one. The decor is certainly done well and the few carnies that entertained around the floor was really something fun to look at. My favorite was the amazon looking woman in dominatrix outfit blowing up balloons on her breast and making penis shaped things for all of us (6+ people). The waitress was fantastic and always came with a smile and great drink suggestions. Here are my concerns: Entrance: They want to be a premiere nightclub... but their attitudes stink at the front door. They wouldn't let in one guy based on his "ripped" jeans. They were fashionable ripped jeans. He was black. You be the judge. Inside, there was about 1 black man for every 12 white men. Affirmative action? My friend who cam elate had to go back home to get a "collared" shirt, he was originally wearing a black shirt with Grey slacks. He's Mexican, they turned him away and let his best friend who was wearing a hoodie and loose jeans ( he's irish) come in. My friend came back with a collared shirt and was almost turned away again before some of the other people had noticed what the front door people were doing and told them to let him in. He got in after a few minutes. Cover charge was $10.00 to get into this place. With mandatory coat check. it's a 5 floor walk up and in heels, that don't work... DRINKS: It's REEEEEEEEEEDICULOUSLY overpriced. The drinks were not that great. I tried the "Dunk Tank" , Pina colada and the Margarita. The Dunk tank was good, but not very strong, is 2 gallons, 2 of which is made up of ice. It's watered down and after taking my 1/6 of it I was unimpressed. The margarita was ok, bu again very weak and at $16.00 a pop... I wasn't going to shell out for another. The Pina Colada was good but only the favor again not very strong, I had to fight to taste the alcohol, It was another disappointing $14.00. I stopped drinking after that. FOOD: The BBQ Pulled Pork mini buns were excellent, it cam with fries! Sno-Cones: Good, not that strong. PEOPLE: Good mix of people. Although one guy was insulting and weird with a few of the girls in my group. Bathrooms: CRAZY! 4 stalls and 10 girls. no toilet paper to be found, a HUGE HUGE HUGE pile of paper in the trash overflowing onto the floor. A passed out girl who had obviously drank before going here, or super rich. Games: Fun, but at $4 a game so not worth it. The terrible prizes too! Guys, if any of you are looking at this review and work there... tell them that a better prize for winning would be a second drink! or a free refill on what ever you've had. Most of the plush toys are worse than what you get at a regular carnival. The fish game... poor fish. I counted about 12 dead. The Dunk Tank was fun to watch, but my friends who are on the softball team would hit the target and the game wouldn't dunk the guy! WTF?! we stopped after the third girl didn't get the target to work. Dancing: there was no dancing till about 1:30 am. we got inside at around 11 pm but the place wasn't "packed" till 2:30. Overall: a big waste of time and money. I've had more fun at bars with a nastier exterior but beautiful people inside. I sat there literally counting the minutes before my friends (whose birthday it was) to leave. I love them, but i wouldn't go back there for them. I wasted money that could have brought me great times at a less swankier place.
by sarah beth S. on
I am having a sexless love affair with Michael Mina. First, I went to his Vegas Steakhouse, Stripsteak, and flirted with truffled mac & cheese, filet & foie, and scotch cocktails. Then I met Mr. Mina at Taste of The Nation, and he won me over completely with his sincere and gentle demeanor. Thus, XIV won the prestigious prize of Birthday Dinner 09! For foodies, this is like being a baller for a night. The tasting menu set up is by far the best I've encountered. In increments of either 8, 11, or 14, you get to pick ANY items from the standard menu. In any breakdown you see fit. (Only the caviar or lobster pot pie would result in an extra $15/ person) So, if you pick the 11 course, you could do all nine entrees, one appetizer, and one dessert. Or you could do an even distribution. Are you getting a chill? Cuz I got one when I realized how much fun I was going to have picking my eleven courses. The only really "catch" is that if you do the tasting menu (and why wouldn't you?!) everyone at the table has to participate, and get the same courses. So your friend who doesn't like seafood? She won't be invited to your XIV experience. I suggest keeping it quite intimate and bringing someone who is particularly accommodating! After a gleeful twenty minutes or so I came up with this winning line-up: AHI TUNA TARTARE This one was my boyfriend's pick. It didn't sound particularly creative, nor was it. It amounted to some high quality tuna that tasted of sesame oil, scooped up by crispy crackers. Tasty, but not revelatory. SEA SCALLOPS TEMPURA - Undoubtedly the best scallop I ever had. My eyes involuntarily rolled back in my head upon first bite. The texture! It melted in my mouth like a sea-flavored foie gras. The seared top (no, its not literally tempura-fried) was perfectly carmelized and the crunchy tempura flakes (a-ha!) underneath added a playful crunch. BEEF CARPACCIO,HEART OF ROMAINE,CHERRY TOMATOES,HORSERADISH The presentation was unexpected-- small roulettes of thinly sliced raw beef wrapped around shredded lettuce. It wasn't the prettiest of the dishes, but the crunch of the lettuce worked surprisingly well with the sweetness of the meat and the tang of the horseradish. Creative and fun. HEIRLOOM BEETS,BURRATA,WILD ARUGULA,AGED BALSAMIC,NEW OLIVE OIL This dish was exactly like the one I had in Vegas at Stripteak. It put me on the moon then, and it took me back again this time. Where do they this get this burrata??? Cheese-making gods or goddesses produce this stuff, I swear it's head and shoulders above any other burratta I've had. It is staggeringly good, this dish. RISOTTO WITH SQUASH Not very bold in the flavor department, though it had the smooth-firm texture of a well made risotto, which was pleasing to eat. Probably needed more cheese, as the cheese used wasn't as strong as parmeggiano or pecorino. ALASKAN HALIBUT Meh, not majestic. Perhaps a but overcooked/undersesoned. I would swap this for another dish perhaps. KOBE BURGER SLIDER AND FRIES Touchdown! Special sauce, fab meat, cheese, and fries so good it doesn't matter that they're not really 'gourmet'. SHORT RIB kobe steak short rib, hazelnut puree. My boyfriend loved, but I've had more tender braised short ribs, and this dish was among my least favorite of the night. SELECTION OF CHEESE The tasting menu portion, alas, is only one cheese. So maybe wasn't the bang for the buck that I was hoping for. Luckily, it was quite a good cheese. And yet, I do not remember what it was called. BRANDIED BANANAS,JASMINE ICE CREAM,CASHEW SHORTBREAD,ENGLISH TOFFEE- Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hal. le. lu. jah. Dispersed on the plate, each item was a tiny powerhouse of sweetness and flavor. But when mixed together-- actual alchemy in the mouth. It turned to gold! Both in color and in worth. Thank you, XIV, for getting that desserts can be creative, complex, intriguing, and still SWEET. The only real problem was the portion was small and I could've eaten a whole bowl. NUTELLA MOUSE with some crunchy cookies and some homemade ice cream and a passion fruit foam. Comes in a bowl. ME: I want to make babies with this bowl. I want to celebrate my five year anniversay with this bowl. I want to buy this bowl a bike. BOYFRIEND: You're taking away my bike? You see, he and I just celebrated our five year anniversary, for which I bought him a bike. You might think passion fruit foam sounds bizarre, or just unrelated to nutella mouse. I thought that.... until I tasted this dish. The flavor of the foam brought me back to childhood summers in Brazil like nothing else I've tasted since I've been there. And it more than integrated with the mousse, it made it sing. This dessert made ALL of the world's uglies disappear. There was no pain for me or for anyone, anywhere, during those moments in which I was savoring this dish. I must've spooned that lovely for ten full minutes. There is really only one question remaining. Are you a foodie baller?
by Florance Jerger on
We're SPG Platinum members and really enjoy the W chain a lot. We were staying at the Westin Peachtree for the week due to proximity to the conference center but decided to move here over the weekend, hoping for something a lot better. I'm also ranking this against other W experiences, rather than other ATL hotels, and maybe it's really a 4-star if you've never experienced another W. The decor, ambiance and property are great. But -- - The location isn't so good. With limited food availability, no cabs at all, and being dangerous after dark - not an ideal hotspot. The housekeeping didn't do a very good job and didn't even replace our empty shampoo/showergel bottles! The concierge wasn't there most of the time, and when there, lied about the availability of the Acura service. The invoice had an extra charge that we're glad we checked and got removed! But the front desk started arguing about it even after we gave them a proof-backed alibi of the conference we were at when the in-room was supposedly purchased!?!