fellow chowhounder Sarah previously said... "martinis and slabs of meat on a cold dark night, that kind of place!"... aside from the cold part... it was beautiful in bodega this past weekend.. it was accurate.
excellent bar.. really good martini's (and gimlets)... but huge slabs of beef. I had the new york. I think I could only eat about 1/3 of it. easily 1.5 inches thick, cooked perfectly. nice little pan sauce with it... mashed potatoes & mixed veg on side. a nice, simple side for a simply cooked steak. very good though the onion rings that topped it were a bit of a disappointment. thin batter, not crunchy enough. the salad was good, crunchy & fresh w/ light vinaigrette, but nothing outrageous. also served with clam chowder. which was very tasty, but I kept thinking... "where are the clams?". anyway, hubbie had prime rib. it was at least 2 inches thing. big as his head. but tender and flavorful.
i was expecting something a bit more run down & roadhouse-esque. but all in all, the big house of a restaurant was kind of homey. nice fireplace and exposed beams. not elegant by any strectch, but comfortable and inviting. Two drinks, two huge dinners for around $75 w/ tip... not so bad. we'll be eating leftoevers for days. It is definitely worth a stop, especially if you like people watching. we had a lot of fun chatting with the locals & bartender.