I had a very bizarre experience at Copper (on Degraw between Court and Clinton) last night. From the moment we walked in, it was abundantly clear that, while friendly and well-intentioned, no one seemed to have any idea what they were doing. We were seated before the table was set, and because we were near the kitchen, we noticed with apprehension that the waitress had to ask which table the food was going to each time a new dish was placed at the window. This was particularly disturbing as the restaurant is very small, and she couldnt have been waiting on more than 3 or 4 tables at any one time. Even the menu was off-putting, containing cutesy introductions to each course And then for the Salad..., etc.
The specials were listed on a blackboard that was within sight of our table, so when our waitress finally came over and asked us if wed seen them, we said yes. Claiming that she just had to tell us about the dishes that couldnt be missed, she proceeded to simply read the list of specials verbatim, in its entirety. After requesting to see the wine list, we ordered a bottle of wine only to be told that they were all out and that she (the waitress) was so so so so so so so so so sorry about it. I then tried to order the tuna only to be told that she was 99% sure that they were out of that too. She then launched into an explanation about how their fish was fresh, not frozen, and therefore they only had a very limited quantity. Obviously it had never occurred to me that their fish would be anything but fresh; I simply wanted to know what they had and what they didnt, preferably before I decided to order it. I then ordered one of the specials--horseradish crusted halibut--which I later learned, after receiving the bill, was $24. While the food was okay, it was extremely over-priced for what it was, and the service was egregiously bad. The waitress continued to apologize from the beginning of the meal until the end, and the apologies were interspersed with completely unsolicited and long-winded personal anecdotes. The entire atmosphere of the restaurant felt like people with no restaurant experience had decided to open one, and had hired some of their friends to work there. Has anyone else had weird experiences there or was it just a really off night?