I know I'll get lite up by some people on this board and unfortunately it will probably be some people whose opinions I really respect especially in the World of cocktails but, never the less, I need to state I was completely, utterly, unimpressed by Little Branch. We've been hoping to stop in for quite a while but timing has never worked out until this past Friday when an unscheduled route between two places had us walking by LB shortly after opening so we figured what the heck, let's go.
I do need to point out the one nice thing about the place was the very nice doorman, if his attitude and interaction had been a foreshadowing of the rest of our brief visit we would have had a grand time, alas, it was not.
Walked downstairs and asked the hostess how long for a table, before I even finished the question she barked back, "3 minutes", my GF started to ask a question and before she could finish the hostess barked, "3 minutes, name?". And that was it, no suggestion/advice on you can get a drink at the bar and wait so we had to just kind of figure it out on our own. As we stood there obviously perplexed the bartender, in between grabbing ingredients, literally tossed a cocktail menu in front of us. When she was done she looked at us and said what do you need, made the drinks, etc and we stood for 5-10-15-20 mins sipping our drinks, which by the way, were very good but far from revolutionary or life changing. We finally got a table at about 35 mins after giving name, so we took the table since we had waited, finished the last little bit of our drinks in about 10 mins and split.
Really trying to figure out why people love the place so much? I have had way better experiences at PDT, EO, D&Co, Pegu, Amar y Amargo, well you get the idea, bascially I had far better experiences everywhere. We won't be rushing back, don't think we will even be leisurely heading back...