There was a lox and bagels thread a couple of days ago in which numerous people sang the praises of Barney Greengrass. Is BG in fact a universally loved establishment? I went there a couple of years ago and was disappointed. I had such high hopes! We sat down for breakfast, and the place was hopping. But there's a good kind of busy (a lively bustle) and a bad kind -- this was bad, with the kind of contemptuous service you might expect from a misguided high-end place (conveying the sense we should feel grateful to be there at all, and if there was anything we didn't like, it was our fault, not theirs).
I had sturgeon and eggs that were prepared (and slopped on my plate) with the care of a school cafeteria meal. I don't recall precisely what we paid, but I remember walking out thinking this was the biggest culinary scam I'd encountered in New York.
So, my question is, a couple of years down the pike, does BG deserve a second go? Maybe we hit it on an off day, but I got the sense on my first visit that the bad vibe was more than a passing thing.