by Harlan Bordon on
I've been meaning to try Gloria's for a while now, and so when it was suggested for lunch, I was happy to finally check it out. It was a pleasant day, so we sat in between inside and outside in front of the waterfall wall. It was a very pleasant atmosphere. I perused the menu and there were several things I wanted to try, but I finally settled on the tacos al carbon. Meanwhile, I munched on the chips and salsas, and I particularly liked the black bean salsa. Unfortunately that was the best thing I ate there. The meat in the tacos was tender, but rather bland and flavorless. One of my lunchmates ordered the seafood tostadas and I eyed them enviously. I almost asked her for a bite, but I don't think our relationship is at that level yet. Towards the end of the meal, we discussed our food. I generally don't like to be the first to say something negative, so I held my tongue. But after a couple others mentioned their food was bland, I vocalized my opinion as well. I lamented that I should have gotten those seafood tostadas, but my dining companion said they were bland and tasteless, too. She said the lime juice was the most intriguing flavor of the whole thing. That is pretty sad, as they were topped with scallops, fish and shrimp. Perhaps Gloria's would be okay for happy hour, but overall, I would compare it to Dallas Mexican food. Looks good on the outside, but boring and bland with no personality or flair.
by Deshawn Hayden on
I came here a couple of years ago, so my review MIGHT be outdated..but after reading the reviews it doesn't seem so. The reason why I gave it 3 stars was because of the space, it was very roomy and big but there were still alot of people. We went there at night for drinks and dancing. They had a decent size dance floor. The rest as I remember was not very fascinating, which is why we probably have not gone back. I remember thinking it was overpriced to get in. The valet took forever. One of my friends did like it however, and still goes back, probably because there is an abundance of Armenian men...and she loves her some Armenians:)
by Shane h. on
Let me start by saying the only reason someone should come here is if they have out-of-town guests whom they wish to impress with what non-New Yorkers will view as "glamorous big-city dining." The decor in Buddha Bar is slightly impressive but also made me think of a gigantic buddha (like the one in the back) vomiting numerous smaller buddhas. Here a buddha, there a buddha, everywhere a buddha! The food at Buddha Bar, for lack of a better word, sucks. I had previously been under the impression that the only way to ruin a filet mignon was to overcook it. But Buddha Bar has discovered a whole new way to do so - slather it with a coating of "Asian spices" and serve it in a lake of gelatinous brown sauce - YUM!! The one good thing about this overbuilt monstrosity of a restaurant is the music. Oh - and the glass smoking room is kinda cool if you're a smoker.