The good news for them is that the service was so bad, i have forgotten the name of this restaurant. Amorlia, or something like that on Vanderbilt next to Half. I read the review in the New York Magazine and went to try it tonight. We waited 15 minutes to order (and there are only 7 tables in the restaurant)-- granted there was one server, but that is quite a while to wait. The restaurant needs to staff the place right.
There is no liquor license yet, and so they sent us across the street to get a bottle of wine and when i returned with it we waited another 12 minutes to have it opened and get glasses (we had to go to the kitchen ourselves). They gave us stale crusts of bread to tide us over until server caught up.
Finally when we got the food we ordered, it was just mediocre. The salad was nothing my grandfather couldn't make and on the pizza: the gorgonzola, pear and fig, there was barely any gorgonzola on it. Everyone else in the restaurant looked displeased by the service.
Before we left, there was an awful smell of cooking gas coming from the oven, so we just lifted our shirts to our noses and stumbled out.
Advice: wait until they get the kinks out. It will be good, but not worth the headache or money yet.
I would love to hear that my experience was a rarity, of course, it's always nice to see restaurants open up in your neighborhood.
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