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River Barrel in Greenpoint


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River Barrel in Greenpoint

hungry_united | | Jan 12, 2009 07:03 PM

Has anybody else been to this new restaurant on Franklin Street in Greenpoint? Stopped in tonight with a friend to check out the place... There was an empty table (one of several empty tables) right near the bar and we asked the bartender/hostess if we could have it. She told us to take a seat at the bar and then we could move there... Then she tried to push some cocktails on us... My friend ordered a wine and I asked for a soda. We had come for dinner so it was a bit annoying to be asked to sit at the bar when there were empty tables in front of us. Nobody seemed to be making a move to prepare the table for us, so when a waitress walked by we asked if we would be able to sit at that table. She said we should go ahead. As we moved to the table, the bartender called out that we needed to settle our tab at the bar first. It seemed like a ploy just to get us to tip her on the drink we would have ordered with dinner. (I don't think it was that the table was really not ready, because the waitress didn't even bring the cutlery until after she brought out our meals...) Maybe business is slow and the bartender really needs some tips, but in my opinion this is not the way things should go in a place that hopes to become a neighborhood joint... We sat down and each ordered a cheeseburger. They were pretty good, ten bucks each, with a side of greens or fries. Mine came out with two bottom pieces of brioche by accident, but the waitress was very nice about bringing me a puffy top piece (which is obviously the best part of a brioche bun!). But then later she came and tried to take my friend's plate -- which was empty, but only because he was holding the remaining half of his burger in his hand! I thought the burger was decent and it would be great to have a new dinner option within walking distance of my apartment, but I hope they get their act together with the service...