Vintage Lounge, Financial District Review
Let me start by telling you my reservation expereince. Called for lunch just before christmas for a lunch reservation on the day after christmas. No problem, reservationist was pleasant, but wanted my CC to hold the reservation and said they would charge me $50 if we did not show. OK, I understand the policy, particularly in this town where there seems to be many inconsiderate diners that just don't show up. But I am thinking, for Lunch, and the day after X-mas, this place must be good if they have that policy for lunch.
We get there and we are the only, and I mean only people there. Not a single other soul the entire lunch, which was leisurely since we were in no rush. So for 1 1/2 hour we are the only people there, making me angry about the reservation policy if it wasn't so ridiculous that I was read the riot act as the only reservation of the day.
On to the food, the bread was stale (maybe an after x-mas thing?). The duck confit spring rolls were very good, as was the ceasars salad. I had a burger (supposed to be kobe beef (or wagyu)) but was likely not more than regular beef. I come to this conclusion b/c I don't think it was juicy enough to be Kobe, and it was not overcooked. Again the bun was lousy (bread issue after x-mas again?). Others had some pasta that was OK, but not memorable. Someone else had some lamb, same issues.
Another bizarre issue was that the service was horrible, even though we were the only people there (did I say that already). Wait staff was fine, but the kitchen was way slow with everything. Prices were OK, its a nice space, very airy with good light. I may try it again just b/c downtown has so few options, but I was certainly not impressed.
Aah, the old "fake exclusivity" trick. Let's see how many potential customers this credit card business scares off before they give it up.
You can pull that stuff when you get rave reviews from the dailies plus a mention in a national magazine or two, but not while you're still an obscure little newcomer. Numbnuts.