What's the scoop on Bar Minnow?
The last posting here implied that the Board of Health closed Bar Minnow because it failed an inspection, but that's not what the DOH website says. According to their website, Bar Minnow was inspected on 10/20/2006 and received a score of 4, which is actually a very low (meaning good) score. Anything under 28 is a passing score.
It kind of boggles the mind that the owners had a thriving restaurant business next door and then ran it totally into the ground when they opened the bar. My wife and I stopped in a couple of times over the summer and it seemed obvious to us that they were going to close: on each visit they were out of most of the wines that were listed on their wine menu, on one visit the televisions were gone, etc...
It was almost like they wanted to fail. Really strange...
I'll always treasure the time I went to Bar Minnow for a quick bite days before it closed:
Me: "I'll have the mussels please."
Server: "We're actually out of mussels."
Me: "OK, I'll try the crabcakes then."
Server: "Oh, we're out of those too."
Me: "How about a burger?"
Server: "To be honest with you, all we have are chicken fingers and clam chowder.
Server: "Yeah, I don't think we'll be open much longer."
I'll always treasure the time the waiter sent our food to a couple down the end of the bar. My girlfriend and I watched smiling as the couple took several bites of our meal and then was just aghast when the waiter realized his mistake, took the food away, and served it right to us.
Once, I was proud to take out-of-town friends to The Minnow.
Knowing that the chef was ex-Le Bernardin and the fish was fresh and well-prepared, I came to expect fine food there.
In fact, a French friend of mine arrived with a guide book published in France which recommended The Minnow as an exceptional Park Slope restaurant.
I ate at Bar Minnow only once, an experience I documented on this site. Suffice it to say, I was served funky mussels, but the waiter willingly took them away and comped me a glass of wine. After that, after reading the experience of many other chowhounds, I decided to take me seafood appetite elsewhere. You are right: it seems as if the owners really wanted it to fail.