Following a recommendation in this week's Time Out New York, we tried Goa, one of the newest arrivals on the strip of Indian and Pakistani restos on E. 6 between 1st and 2nd Aves. Boy, were we sorry.
The food was decent, though not at all Goan. The house speciality, in fact, is tandoori. The only thing remotely Goan is an emphasis on seafood.
But what truly sucks about this place is the slow, inept service. The cocktail waitress came to take our drinks. They have a nice selection of beers on tap, so we ordered one. "Oh," said the waitress, "we don't have that tonight." We tried to order another on the list. "Um, we don't have any tap beers tonight. The taps went out." Why didn't she tell us?
A small thing, until we had the exact same experience with our food waiter. Three-quarters of the dishes we wanted to order, they were just out of. Why don't you just tell us what you *don't* have tonight, we asked. "Oh, it's hardly anything," she replied, and then proceeded to rattle off a half-dozen dishes.
It gets worse. The first course -- a crab soup -- took a good 25 minutes to arrive. It was good, but we were getting pissed off by then. Dinner came another 20 minutes after they cleared the soup. But where's the bread? "Coming." Another 20 minutes. We ordered spiced tea after -- guess what? ANother 20 minutes. "We just made it fresh." The check had a mistake on it -- time to get it fixed -- 15 minutes.
What should have been a relatively quick dinner took us over 2 hours. When we complained to the waiters and the manager, they smiled and said, "We know." But what did they do about it. Zip.
Bottom line: Don't Goa.