Stopped in to Cup last night, just because it's so close to our apartment and we were famished. First thing you notice is that the place, which advertises "24 Hours" on it's bright neon sign (which hilariously reads "Cu"... the "P" is broken), and was actually 24 hours when it first opened, is now only open from 7 am to midnight. I guess there isn't as much action at 35th Ave. and 36th St. on a Wednesday morning at 3 am as they thought there would be... maybe they were counting on the stagehands from Kaufman Astoria to come in for coffee at all hours, but I guess it isn't working.
The food was pretty bad. I had a bacon cheeseburger, my fiancee had an omlette. The buns on their burgers are HUGE, and it really is an effort to wrap your mouth around the whole thing to take a bite. As I have found before at CUP, my "medium well" burger was charred on the outside, and slightly pink in the middle, making it impossible to taste the bacon, cheese, and guacamole over the flavor of the charred burger. The meat was also dry, dry, dry. As I took my first bite, flakes of dried meat fell out of the burger on to my plate. I only ate half, which is saying something, because I loves me a good bacon cheeseburger. The fries were limp, soggy, and cold. Felt like they had been cooked long ago and re-heated in the microwave. With the less-than-booming business this place was doing last night, it wouldn't surprise me. Rebecca's omlette was an omlette. Nothing special.
We sat in a booth next to the bar, and didn't actually have a waiter, per se. The bartender took our orders. I think we may have been sitting in one of his blind spots -- every time we needed his attention I had to go out of my way to flag him down.
So, as my subject line implies, it looks like this place is failing. From the bad food, reduced hours, and spotty service, I don't know what they have to offer. Maybe if it was smaller it would be a scene, or people would go there just for some drinks. But as it is, Cup is just a giant, brightly lit, empty echoing cavern that makes a bad burger and hires bad service.
PS -- While walking there, noticed that Tupelo, on 34th ave. and 34th st., has closed.