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Bar Minnow now open - review

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Bar Minnow now open - review

Sloper | May 9, 2005 12:56 PM

I had the opportunity to dine at Bar Minnow this weekend. Bar Minnow is the new space at the corner of 7th Ave and 9th Street in Park Slope, which was recently renovated. The new space features a very long bar (I'm guessing 15ft) and table seating for maybe 50. Bar Minnow (as opposed to regular Minnow) offers a limited menu which seems to be comprised of fried seafood, burgers, and raw bar.

On Saturday night, the place was packed with a happy and boisterous crowd - a good mix of the usual Park Slopers. But, the wait was only about 10 minutes. We both had the New England Clam Chowder ($7.00/bowl), which was "okay", but had obviously sat under the heat lamp for more than a few minutes - it had developed that unpleasant surface film and wasn't hot enough. Not a big deal, this is simply a service glitch they'll hopefully work out over time.

I had the Oyster Po'Boy ($9.00) and my companion had the Cod Sandwich (8.50). Both of these dishes are fried. Both were served in paper baskets. The oysters were tasty, but very greasy, all the more so because of the accompanying extra-greasy homemade chips. The bun was authentic enough - perhaps too much so - a fluffy white sesame bun that was tasteless, but effective in soaking up the grease. My companion also commented on the same issues - basically this was one greasy meal. The couple next to us seemed very happy with their meal, mainly fresh oysters, followed by the flank steak.

All-in-all, it was a pleasant experience, but not one that I plan to repeat too frequently. The service was attentive, though inexperienced. The food was just "okay". While I understand this is probably exactly what one might receive from a roadside fish shack in Montauk, it didn't quite translate well for us. And I really wish there were more options on the menu - for example where was the lobster roll I read about in the newspaper, and I'd love to have some grilled fish (vs. fried) on the menu, such as a grilled swordfish or grilled tuna sandwich.

Still, I'm thrilled that they've opened, at least it looks like a fun bar. And my chow issues could be easily addressed (I do plan on communicating them to management).

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