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Extra Virgin -- Terrible Restaurant Experience

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Extra Virgin -- Terrible Restaurant Experience

John G | Dec 19, 2005 03:56 PM

Hello all. I'm new to this board, but I feel I had to respond with my thoughts on the above restaurant. I live in the neighborhood and have for some time. A couple of weeks ago, after a nice night of theatre, my date and I found ourselves walking around the Village after the show. We decided to take a chance and pop into Extra Virgin.

I had had a bad experience there when it opened over a year ago -- brusque service when I ordered a drink at the bar.

I should also say I was a loyal customer to the charming little bistro, Titou, which it unceremoniously replaced, so I already had low expectations.

What I encountered, however, was the most exceptionally disastrous restaurant experience in my 30+ years of living in New York. The brusque service had been replaced by sneering, snappy bullying by a slack-jawed out-of-work soap actor that wouldn't pass for acceptable treatment of your pet. My martini -- $14 BTW -- arrived half empty and my date's cosmo was "undrinkably sweet." My drink returned filled with vermouth.

Our waiter who was busy flirting with the staff took 15 minutes to bring menus, 20 more to get orders, and snatched the menus out of our hands. At that point we should have left. We didn't.

The food, the best part of the experience, was mediocre to poor. Her steak was tough, my pasta with seafood was chewy, bland.

Upon remarking to our waiter that the service was "unacceptable," he smirked and told me "then don't come back." He even remarked about how small my tip was -- I think I left $5 on $60!!! WOW!

I havent even mentioned the loud, obnoxious, and completely obscene conversation the table next to us were having or the loud "eazy listening" CD playing on repeat on the stereo. I did happen to notice a waitress being yelled at by the bartender and felt very bad for her.

This place wouldn't pass muster in your cheapest Atlantic City casino, much less one of the most beautiful streets in New York. What's going on here!?

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