Went to this joint (6 St. bet. Aves A and B) recently after reading positive reviews elsewhere. Especially about the super-friendly staff. Must be a code term
for attitudinal I guess.
The food was basically tasteless -- the couple at the next table questioned their meal after trying it as I did. The beer list is poor.
As a real kicker, they allow smoking in such a small cramped place.
re: John Speer
Zagat doesn't try to be credible; they simply try to
reflect popular opinion. If lots of people who like a
place send them reviews, then it gets a high rating,
regardless of any other consideration. Zagat is a fine
guide if you take it for what it is; but useless if you
expect it to be anything else. I've found that its
reliability varies from one part of the city to
another. In the theater district, for example, it's
pretty reliable at rating the food. In fashionable
areas where a restaurant's popularity is based more on
the fad-du-jour than on the quality of the food (the
Upper East Side, Chelsea), I've found it less useful.
re: Josh Mittleman
Good comment, Josh, I hadn't picked up on the
neighborhood vs. reliability link. One thing I look
for (and maybe this is obvious) when using Zagat is the
relative "gushy" quality to the comments included in
the blurb. If they mention the room or the crowd or
the attitude or the color of the clothes and don't
mention the food, well.......
re: Barbara S
"One thing I look for (and maybe this is obvious) when using Zagat is the relative "gushy" quality to the comments included in the blurb. If they mention the room or the crowd or the attitude or the color of the clothes and don't mention the food, well"
But that's mostly a function of whoever's choosing the quotes.