used to be a lovely neighborhood mexican. so we were happy to see that they renovated and created more space. what a letdown. I've eaten there about 15 times over past years and never had such a bad time.
First they kept us waiting for ages past our reservation time in the new "cocktail lounge" while the dining room was filled with empty tables.
Best as I can see, the menu is exactly the same as before but the prices are about %50 higher. Asked a busboy if we go chips and salsa, he said "sure" brought them over, and then the aforementioned $9 charge showed up on our bill. Now the manager cleared this right off but not without a 15 minute lecture about how we were basically cretins for wanting chips in the first place, that the chef had "a vision, a dream" for fine mexican dining in NY and that chips and salsa did not fit in with his dream. Fair enough really, but then take them off the menu rather than reaming your customers.
I found it odd that they now serve bread and butter too. I've spent alot of time eating in mexico and never got that one before. Also had to pay (minimal) for tortillas with a plate that clearly begged out for them (steak, guac,beans no rice) , the food is a little less good than it used to be and, in my humble opinion, not nearly as good as zarela.
When I made the mistake of mentioning that I was tryiung to support "neighborhood restaurants" the mngr corrected me and said, "oh, we're a restaurant in this neighborhood, not a neighborhood restaurant." sheesh...
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