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Park Blue Review

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Park Blue Review

Andrew | Nov 21, 2005 11:15 AM

Went to Park Blue on W. 58th on Friday night. We had a reservation and when checked in were directed to a "bar table" up front right by the door (two round tables pushed together). We asked to be moved to the back room and were accomidated. Not exactly sure what sort of place PB is trying to be? It's about 50% bar and 50% food? all the tables are set up as a bar/lounge w/ either stool height up front or foot rest height in the back. Long story short there was either an open vent to the outside vent or he A/C was on and after repeated inquiries to have it fixed we ended up moving again, this time back up front and they attempted to put us at a stool-height two-top which was rediculous (not a very good start). in the end we moved one more time to a lounge table in the back. NOW FOR THE FOOD: They had a very interesting wine list, all half bottles which is nice if you like to try different things, the menu were all "small plates." there were four of us so we ordered almost everything and here's the list and a brief comment on each:

Veal meatballs - very tasty, probably the best dish
Short Ribs on top of celery puree - pretty standard
Mushroom risoto w/ FG - very mediocre, almost gritty
Scallops - very tasty, probably dish #3
Tuna Tartare - quite good, had a good sesamee oil smokey flavor dish #2
Grilled Octopus - didn't really eat it, I'm not a huge fan of baby octopus
Grilled Pork skewers - Very dry
Grilled Duck skewers - Very gamey
French fries - soggy and smothered w/ dry seasoning....almost like Old-bay but not half as good.

Considering each plate was between approx $14-$18 they added up quickly. I wish this place would figure out what it's trying to be. The service was pretty good, I got the feeling they didn't want us to leave, maybe b/c we were one of five tables occupied (out of maybe 12). Wouldn't go back, to confusing of a setup. CONCLUSION: Not really a "dinner" place, don't go expecting a sit down meal, it's more of a Bar w/ high-end bar food. Hope this helps.

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