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Avoid Yabby's in Williamsburg like the West Nile Virus

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Avoid Yabby's in Williamsburg like the West Nile Virus

Alex | Oct 2, 2002 11:28 AM

I cannot express in civil terms how much this place pissed me off this weekend. A group of us were looking for an afternoon snack and a few drinks outside on Saturday, and after striking out at a few preferrable places (Miss Williamsburg, Relish, etc) we finally stopped in Yabbys. We sat down and after a few minutes were asked what we would like. We ordered some beers and asked for a menu. We were informed that the kitchen would not be opening for another 20 minutes as they had a busy lunch. When the waitress brought our beers back we pleasantly asked for a menu so that we could order food as soon as the kitchen opened, as we were starving. The waitress told us "sure," then proceeded to studiously ignore us and avoid our table for about 15 minutes - avoided eye contact, seemed to go out of here way to circumvent our table, etc. Granted, she was the only waitress there, but she was beginning to get short with customers, and we noticed other people were getting upset with her as well. We noticed her talking on her cell phone, smoking, and complaining about customers to the bartender while we still waited for menus. One patron asked for a burger (at this point it was after the time she said the kitchen wold be open, and we still had not received menus), to which she responded "I am kind of busy right now, I'll get back to you later." We finally demanded menus again, got them, but by the time she came to take our order, we had decided we had had enough and we just got the check. Other customers seemed to be doing the same thing. This was the only time I can remember were I did not leave any tip (actually, we did leave a tip of a few cents, just to show that it was a conscious decision and reflection of her service, not a general oppositioin to tipping). One other thing we were confused about - the menu indicated that their kitchen is open all day Saturday, so I am not sure if she was just saying it was not open because she couldn't be bothered to take orders, or what the deal was.
But to bring this rant to an end, I would highly advise anyone from frequenting Yabbys. The service was far beyond miserable, actually offensive I would say, and the food didn't sound that great anyway.
On a positive note, we then went to Teddy's Bar & Grill on 7th and Berry, had a few great plates of nachos, a few beers, and excellent, friendly service.

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