Come hungry, leave hungry.
If you want to be ignored and leave hungry by all means eat here. I went last night for dinner and wine with a local business owner. The restaurant was busy (always great to see) so we decided to eat at the bar. After several attempts to get the bartender’s attention we asked a waitress for menus. There was a nice selection of wines, but the food menu was basically the same as their other place. We finally managed to get the bartender to take our order for wine, 2 appetizers, a salad for my friend and an entrée for me (one of the specials the bartender mentioned after my friend ordered). The wine came and the appetizers (mussels without broth and a pricy small cheese plate) came not too long after. The few slivers of cheese tasted great, but the miniscule portion of broth that came with the mussels was instantly soaked up by the tiny bit of bread in the bottom of the bowl, so the mussels were dry and fairly tasteless. Disappointing, but I was looking forward to the seafood risotto I had ordered. I would review it but, after waiting for 40 minutes after we finished the appetizers, neither the salad nor the risotto had appeared. We had managed to get the bartender to come to bring another glass of wine but he ignored our other attempts to get his attention. We finally asked the manager to cancel the orders because it had taken so long. He said nothing but went to tell the bartender, who glared at us and then proceeded to ignore us again. We had to ask the waitress for the bill. No employee ever apologized for the failure of service. That failure was reflected in the tip, and in the fact that neither of us will go back.
Artisanal Italian beers and pastas in Park Slope..
Come morning, this bright and cheery cafe outfitted with marble tables, leather stools and a distressed-tin ceiling serves croissants alongside eye-popping Intelligentsia espresso drinks. But as day dissolves into eve, lights dim and java is replaced by more potent juice: Namely, Italian wines and relatively rare Italian craft beers--Peroni not included. A dozen-plus small-batch brews are sold by the bottle, including offerings from cult microbreweries Birra del Borgo and Birrificio Barley. Like to drink local? On offer are seven drafts, including Sixpoint Sweet Action.