Sunday night a friend and I tried to go to 269 Fahrenheit (is that what it's called?) around 8 and they were closed for a private party. Then we tried Pigalle--closed for dinner. Then we glanced at the Abbaye but decided it look like a bar only crowd--little dinner action. So finally, not having brought wine for Aden or Il Cantuccio, which was closed anyway, we ended up at N. 3rd. The place was packed--after all nearly everything else around was closed on a gorgeous Sunday night!
Pretty disappointing meal... We were excited about the blood orange margaritas, great idea and all, but they lacked any punch-either in tanginess or alcohol I think. The menu was quite odd-seitan, mac and cheese, ribs...a weird mix. Maybe we just weren't in the right mood since we'd be hoping for tempura originally. But we ended up with the mussels w. salsa verde (most plump, decent sauce), the warm spinach salad w. chestnut vinagrette (overdressed even tho we asked for dressing on the side, but otherwise ok), and spicy fries (which were neither spicy nor fresh). Total tab $35 not including tip.
I'm curious--is this generally considered a bar with some mediocre bar food, or have other chowhounds been there as a dinner destination? We were starving and were hoping for better than bar food which is why we didn't hit Standard Tap but we should've gone there and at least had quality grub. Anyone had good meals at N. 3rd??