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Palette (the bar)


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Palette (the bar)

elsie | Mar 13, 2004 02:58 PM

Went to Palette (just the bar) last night. I’d chosen it because its web site described it as “sleek and avant-garde yet sumptuously comfortable,” and some of the reviews I’d read seemed to back that up. Since I was meeting six friends, I thought it would make a good space for that.

The place kinda made me cringe. IMHO, its a pretentious triumph of (second-rate) form over function. The spacious, banquette-like “cabins” are comfortable enough, but they comprise two benches facing one another but separated by a 5-foot-wide table! So the three people sitting on one side were completely unable to talk to the other three across the table. My friends and I were joking that we’d need to speak to each other via cell phone. And overall, the design isn’t exactly “avant-garde,” unless by that you mean an old set from “Sex and the City” lined with pegboard.

Fussy, silver-colored rubber placemats were placed before each of us on the table. We ordered an appetizer of fried yucca, which was pleasantly tasty, as was the sauce that came with it. A skimpy glass of so-so wine was expensive—around $12. After one drink we hastened out, and I was a little embarrassed for having suggested it. From now on I think I’ll be referring to it as “Palet’s-go-somewhere-else.”

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