Milk and Honey - Bad Experience!!
Let me start by saying that M&H has been my absolute favorite bar for the last 2.5 years. Stellar drinks in a nice atmosphere, what more could I ask for. So, I went there this past Friday and the first surprise was that Sam Ross wasn't at the bar (he usually works on the weekends) but I've had great drinks made by others so I did not read too much into it. I do not know the name of our server but I've been served by her in the past without any problems. We order the first round and for the first time ever, our server forgets who ordered what. We help her figure that out. Drinks are OK, not what I'm used to at M&H. Then she forgets about us. We have to signal to order our 2nd round. About 30 minutes later, she comes back and asks us if we'd like to order our 2nd round. When we told her that we had ordered about 30 minutes ago, she says "sorry, the order slip fell down". We order again, get our drinks and this time my drink (which I've had there in the past) was just bad. We walked out, disappointed, after that. Has anyone else had such an experience there? I really hope that they were having an off day because I really think that they trump the likes of Death and Co./ PDT/ Pegu, etc!!
Milk and Honey
134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
I really was not going for a negative review. This place is the closest thing that I've seen to perfection in terms of cocktails so mishap after mishap did surprise me. As I said in my original post, I hope that they were just having a random off day. I just wanted to see if there were others who had a bad experience in the recent past because if they did, then its more than just an off day.
Out of the 8 drinks that we had, the only one that I remember was called a 'Bee's Kiss'. As I had mentioned, I have had this in the past but this time it was cloyingly sweet. I did not try sending it back, maybe I should have.
Anyway, I'll most definitely go back and give it another shot. Wonder when is 'Attaboy' going to take over the space.
We visited M&H about a month ago, and sat at the bar, and everything was fine. We usually avoid trying to sit in the booth right next to the door, as it often gets ignored by the servers for whatever reason.
Personally I find the Bee's Kiss to be cloyingly sweet no matter who makes it for me! And I've even made it myself. One factor may be the honey they are using, as there may be variances there.
I agree. My experience at the bar has always been way better than a booth. It's the 2 person limit at the bar which prevents me from sitting there as often as I would have liked. Actually, there has been one instance where I saw a party of 4 at the bar but apparently, that was some special group.
I'd cut the server a break, as it is very dark in there, and order slips do fall down.
As for the cocktails, hard to say what happened. What did you order? Sometimes different bartenders make the "same" drink differently. Sometimes there is also confusion between cocktail names (Gordon's Cup vs Gordon's Breakfast for example) there.
If it really was bad, did you consider sending the drink back?
Yeah, I have to say the tone of the post is a tiny bit overly dramatic, compared to the actual situation. Of course, it's not cool that the server simply forgot your second round - but it was a mistake, an accident, and probably a rare one considering you've been served by her without problems in the past. Also since M & H has been a favorite for past 2 1/2 years, I imagine you have visited regularly and would be able to tell if the place has been on a steady decline or if it were simply an off day - no? Either way, I hope it was an off day and nothing more!