Completely dead at work yesterday, got to leave at about 1:30 PM. I decide to head to J&R to browse for some electronic junk, find that approximately 650,000 others have the same idea. I give up and head home to Park Slope.
Decide to stop in the new Brooklyn Burger Bar, check it out for myself. I enter the bar at 3:00 PM.
No one at the door, no one greeting incoming patrons, no one behind the bar. Bar has one couple and there are three tables near the bar that are occupied. Several tables in the back room are also occupied.
I unload my stuff, take my coat off, sit and wait. After a few minutes the bartender appears, says to me, "Hi, I'm sorry but you'll have to wait until I take their order...", indicating one of the occupied tables near the bar.
At this moment a server comes out of the kitchen, laden with a tray containing two very nice-looking burgers, each with a lightly toasted bun and a crisp order of fries. He stops next to me and says to the bartender, "Who gets the burgers?"
Bartender appears stumped for a moment. He looks over everyone in the place, finally remembers. He says, "Oh they were for the couple that just left. They were upset about the long wait."
Server appears unsettled. He looks at me, and for a fleeting moment I think he is going to offer me both burgers, but the moment passes and he disappears into the kitchen with the good-looking burgers.
Two couples enter at this moment, two separate parties. Bartender is still behind the bar. First couple says to the bartender, "Should we seat ourselves, or will you seat us?"
Bartender replies: "I'll seat you, but I have to get control again. First I need to take their order...", again pointing at the hapless couple still waiting to give their order. Bartender now leaves the bar and goes to the table. The two couples are standing in the doorway, completely uncertain about what's next.
I put on my coat and go home and order Chinese...