We finally succombed to the advertising machine and hype from Stephen Starr. Wife and I went with 9 people last night a great friend and his wife and the girls..(my friend's 3 daughters who are 21,21,22, and a girl friend of theirs in her 20's). With the girls looking ready to party, the waiter immediately carded the table. Mty wife (at a young 34) thought this was the ultimate compliment. Me at 41, it was a necessary inconvenience. On to our comments.
What a beautiful space. Seemed like two floors. First floor has a lot of tables like Buddakan with Varying degrees of height. Booths are all easy to fit 6 people facing windows on chestnut or 18th st. Lighting is really hip but no big olive lights like original. second floor has rattan swings at many tables and a roof deck which we glanced at because Hurricane/storm charlie was coming into the area. I think I saw a pool up there also?? Bathrooms are really cool, If you are a voyeur go for it and use the beaded area and the two way mirrors. I could see in to many of the areas best cosmetic surgery and the gals could see in to well....If you are not sure, use a stall which is unmirrored.
The Drinks are all classic continental....The Buzz Aldrin Martini (Tang sugered on the glass), The Hawaii five 0 with pineapple juice, something with champagne and chambord. We ordered every martini on the menu and then some. The girls loved the chocolate martinis and apple ones. The glasses hold about 3 onces of beverege and the shakers come with it. Not a real bargain at $11 or 12 a drink.
The Food is also right out of the original with some modifications. Again, we ordered everything to sample except only one salad (calamari) as the salads are huge. Highlights, crab wontons, crab pad thai is nice size and we all had some, the seared tuna was good (not great and can find this on any menu in town), Lobster Mac and cheese sounded great but short on taste, the Fish tacos were very good but at $13 only two tiny open faced tacos great avacado, tom, onion with grilled Mahi or Wahoo.....couln't tell at that point in the night. Lamb chops were awful, we did 6 for table chewy and short on flavor.....nice cous cous and yogurt mint on side, duck was dreadful as was the tuna tartare-----no flavor very very small portions.
Dessert....Again we tried all. Highlights Mini Peanut butter and jelly sanwiches were excellent, girls loved the jello shots green (apple pucker), red (watermelon pucker) and yellow (citron???) little sticks were made of candy. Also the cotton candy was fun but alot to be desired. The girls said dessert was ok and they were headed to old city for sweets.
a sad commentary.
I know we went overboard with trying everything and having 9 people for a really fun time out. Bill was about $900 plus 180 tip for everything we ordered.
This is not a foodie place nor is it a great bar/lounge. It is pure people watching. By the way, the service was excellent and knoweledgeable.
IMHO, it will be a 21-30 crowd of ritt square. Fun place to grab a quick bite or a fun drink. Last night with Heavy rain and not many folks down the shore between 830-1130 PM, they were about 80 percent occupied. I hope they actually buy bigger Martini glasses as it is disgfraceful to charge $11 or 12 for these tiny glasses. It is a fun place to check out.