AYCE mussels @ M&R Bar
I went here last night on the recommendation of Village Voice, who mentioned the all-you-can-eat deal on their 2007 Best Of list, along with their 2-for-1 drink happy hour.
The bartender didn't even know about the drink special until we showed the bar's website to her. We ordered the $12 all you can eat mussels and fries, but the kitchen ran out of mussels after our first serving each, and we were the first diners of the night.
The mussels we did get to eat were ok, though not very hot and a few were undercooked. The fries were tasty however. Eventually they offered to substitute their bouillabaisse from the restaurant upstairs, but we chose to leave with our one bowl each instead.
They made it up to us by significantly discounting the meal, which was much appreciated, but I wouldn't bother going there again for food. They really don't know what's going on, and the atmosphere is pretty lacking.
I, along with some friends, showed up a little shy of 8pm. We stood by the host/hostess station for a few minutes waiting to be seated; salivating when we saw patrons dining on mussels & frites. The bartender didn't even look up from his register. Realizing no one was going to attend to us, we decided to seat ourselves.
The small room was maybe about half filled. There was only one waitress. It was an unseasonally warm night, and there wasn't any AC on. It was pretty humid in the basement establishment. We soldiered on, despite the unpleasantries, in anticipation of yummy cheap mussels & frites.
We put in our drink order and asked about the mussels special and were told they had run out. Like you said, bouilllabaisse was offered instead. I was ready to leave at that point, but the rest of the group decided to stay for one drink. Thank goodness for the cold beers & the 2-for-1 happy hour drink special.
Hopefully, they get their act together. The place looks like it would be really cozy in cooler weather.