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BarFry...What happened?

LeahBaila Apr 22, 2008 06:01 AM

Just read the news at nymag.com. Anyone know the details? TIA.


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    ginsbera Apr 22, 2008 06:34 AM

    Overpriced food, poor name, they opened without a liquor license, and were marketed more as a restaurant than a bar (it should have been the other way around).


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    1. re: ginsbera
      sam1 Apr 22, 2008 06:52 AM

      add: menu doesn't appeal to health conscious customer, high commercial rent for a gimmick-y theme.

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        thegreekone Apr 22, 2008 07:56 PM


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        cimui Apr 22, 2008 08:56 AM

        I'm sad as well, LeahBaila. I went a few times during its short life, loved the drinks, liked the food, and loved the bartenders / service.

        Admittedly, the tempura was a little soggy at times, but other items like the wasabi 'peas' were great.

        RIP, Barfry. You were good while you lasted.

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          JungMann Apr 22, 2008 09:34 AM

          I felt the same way, but I got the impression that service was as personal as it was because there were no customers. The bartenders always told me it would "pick up later," but I never saw the advertised crowds. Other than Marketable, that stretch of Carmine seems to like an afterthought for patrons.

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            Cpalms Apr 22, 2008 09:49 AM

            ..and not to mention the cursed location, 50 carmine died quickly there too....

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              ginsbera Apr 22, 2008 12:26 PM

              Josh DeChillis of Barfry is opening a place next door and Barfry is undergoing renovations right now. He will be back with another space there, just hopefully with a more appealing name and not as narrow a menu.

              Around the corner from Carmine and Varick you have two new places opening as well, Grand Sichuan and a to be named spot near Mr. Dennehys back entrance.

              1. re: ginsbera
                ginsbera Apr 23, 2008 11:29 AM

                More info:

                Barfry will be a Mexican restaurant and is not affiliated with Josh DeChillis:


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                  sing me a bar Apr 23, 2008 12:00 PM

                  Omigod! A GS off Carmine? I might as well just go over and give them a couple thousand now. Is it to be on Varick proper? Maybe it's taking over the cursed spot where Downing meets Varick, by the McDonalds. I think it was Korean, but only sporadically open? I'm going to walk by and report..

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                    ginsbera Apr 23, 2008 12:51 PM

                    It's going to be next to Mr.Dennehy's on Varick/7th Ave. around the corner from that new grey condo building going up on the corner

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                      sing me a bar Apr 23, 2008 06:58 PM

                      I walked by and was told by someone associated with the place at the back of Dennehy's that the actual space which is right behind Dennehy's will be a thin crust pizza place. A door or so up 7th Ave will be Grand Szechuan. Their logo is already on the windows. Shortens the distance between Szechuan dumplings in red oil and me!

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                        ginsbera Apr 24, 2008 06:24 AM

                        Ah a pizza place, interesting. Well, right now the only option for slices is Joe's (Phils is no good), maybe they will be another lunch alternative. I give Szechuan a month to open, they had a sign up long ago saying opening summer 08.

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                          sing me a bar Apr 24, 2008 08:48 AM

                          Ok, I'll be temperate but, haven't you tried Bleecker St Pizza on 7th around the corner from Ottomanelli's? They are beating Joe's like a stepchild! Any of their slices (La Nonna is great) taste better "to me". I use the quotes to stave off any tempest on the subject. Joe's hasn't done it for me for so long. It was nice while it lasted, but..

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                            ginsbera Apr 24, 2008 09:03 AM

                            Bleecker street is not very good, only the Nonna, in my opinion, actually deserves it's price. Everything else is mediocre.

              2. re: cimui
                Wilfrid Apr 24, 2008 12:56 PM

                "Admittedly, the tempura was a little soggy at times..."

                Understatement. It was very poor, and the concept was built around it. Disaster.

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                  kobetobiko Apr 24, 2008 02:17 PM

                  I absolutely agree. The batter was disasterous. I don't think it could be qualified as tempura. Poor execution, with poor service. One time was enough for me.

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                    cimui Apr 24, 2008 03:01 PM

                    not that it matters much, now, but i'm really quite flabbergasted at the reports of poor service. (mine was always more than charming.) do you mind recounting what happened?

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                      pennie Apr 25, 2008 07:02 AM

                      Though irrelevant at this point, that's disappointing to hear. I'd visited BarFry a handful of times and always enjoyed my meals there...admittedly, I ate mostly the non-fried items, but never had a problem with any of the tempura. Perhaps more a problem of inconsistency than "disaster." As for service, I agree with cimui...always thought everyone was very friendly and attentive. I was disappointed to read it closed and even more disappointed to hear it's turning into a mexican bar...

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                        cimui Apr 25, 2008 08:13 AM

                        Well, if it's a really, really good Mexican bar, I won't complain too much! Espeically not if the same staff sticks around. (If anyone's listening, please make a kick-ars michelada. Please.)

                        I have to confess to having sampled mostly the non-tempura items, too. I can understand how if one were to judge the food on the tempura, alone, and on a bad night at that, one would not walk away with a good impression.

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