After my Woodfire Grill reservation was postponed until this weekend, my wife and I ventured without reservation to the Bar at Trois to check out this new midtown hotspot (they only take reservations in the bar from 10 p.m.- 2 a.m.). It was about 8 p.m. on Saturday and the bar was jammed. We found two comfortable seats (not without some jockeying) with clear view of the room for the all important people watching.
We ordered three little sliders (coq au vin, halibut, and braised short ribs) served on rosemary foccacia and they were delicious, actually very very good. The french onion soup was also excellent. With our food and two cocktails we got out of there for $40, which is pretty good for us, and it was plenty of food.
Despite the delicious food, and I don't know what it's like in the main dining room, the service in the bar was terrible. We waited a long time for the drinks, we had to send one of them back because it wasn't what we ordered, and we had to ask for a spoon after they served the soup, and that took another 15 minutes (although the soup was so full of onions that a fork worked just fine).
Perhaps they are still working out how to run things down there. Hostesses from upstairs kept asking us if we were waiting for a table upstairs or if we had reservations. Not sure they know how to monitor who is waiting and who is just drinking at the bar.
The space is beautiful, and I'd like to go back to try some more of what seems to be delicious and interesting cuisine.