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Another Washington Sq. report

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Another Washington Sq. report

edgrimley | Aug 1, 2004 11:37 AM

Disappointing visit to Washington Square last week. It was a warm and beautiful night - walked in for drinks on the outdoor deck.

Our report is the reverse of a previous one, from worst to best - service, food, design.

My wife arrived first, and it took over five minutes for her to be greeted and put in a drink order. We ordered two cocktails and some appetizers. The food arrived first - before my drink. Our food was almost sent to the table next to ours, while another table's food came to our table.

Just because a waitress is incredibly cute doesn't mean should can't put forward a little effort. She was chatting nearby with another server and didn't ask how our food was, and vanished for about ten minutes. When she finally returned, I was able to ask about my drink. She questioned whether I had actually ordered a drink rather than taking a customer-is-right approach. Put in my order and brought one over quickly.

The food was okay. Granita on the oysters melted quickly in the heat and turned them watery. The serrano ham and melon (turned out to be watermelon) was, we thought, a failed twist on the classic salty/sweet prosciutto and canteloupe combination.

We declined to order any more food and popped in at nearby El Fuego for some decent Mexican chow.

It's a shame of a missed opportunity so far to bring a little panache to the Washington Square area. For now, we'll stick to the quality spots in Washington Square West - such as Caribou and Effie's.

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