Magnolia, two nights in a row - I am on FIRE!
Well, I had a double (blind) date with a friend, and while I suggested The Bowery as our meeting point, the boys in question chose Magnolia instead.
I wasn't really pleased, as I had the plate-stealing episode the night before, but try try again.
Here's the lowdown -
Magnolia - we started here, had a couple of decent drinks, but because of a very noticeable, increasingly pungent fishy smell, we opted not to dine. It's official - I don't like Magnolia. The major factor? It's right next door to The Bowery, which I LOVE. So why bother with bland food and not-so-nice service?
The Well - The boys opted to take us up the street to The Well for another round. I had never been - very dark and sexy inside, with hiphop music pumpin' and available booths. Nice place - a little outdated - but the drinks? BAD. Martinis and margaritas were icky. Soooo we ended up right where I suggested to begin with (sans le boys, heehee).
The Bowery - This was my fourth trip here, and it solidified a true adoration. We had the Spinach Salad (with hard boiled egg, bacon, candied pecans, and blue cheese - tres yummy) and those famous sweet potato fries. Plus, a couple of smashingly mixed cocktails. The thing about The Bowery, however, is the service - SUCH nice people, who now recognize me and are even more friendly/accomodating. And in the end, when you're looking for your neighborhood watering hole, THAT is what it's all about. Decent bar food, great drinks, nice crowd, and uber-sweet staff. I. Am. Hooked. :)