We were in the neighborhood Friday evening and decided to check out Pop, recommended by Yvonne. It was an interesting experience.
First, the setting: the front of the restaurant is a bar and smoking section, where many people were eating and drinking. The restaurant per se is at the back and at 7:15 on Friday was COMPLETELY empty. Indeed, until we left at around 8:45, only one other couple appeared.
Next, the service: very sweet and accommodating. I ordered a green salad which had the usual ratio of oil to vinegar reversed, and was, to my taste, inedible. However, the waiter quickly replaced it with another salad and furnished reasonable quality oil and vinegar.
Finally, the food: In addition to the salad (excellent greens), I had chilean sea bass served with ginger noodles. The sea bass was fine, but the noodles were stellar. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out exactly what was in them so that I could try to re-create them at home. My husband had gazpacho and tuna cooked in a tempura batter. He said both were fine. For dessert we shared a creme brulee with shortbread (I the creme brulee, he the shortbreads). To my taste the creme brulee was a bit sweet.
Judgement: a restaurant we would love to have on the UWS, but not a restaurant to seek out. The lack of patrons is also somewhat offputting.
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