Just wanted to throw in a quick review of my trip to Urena the other night.
My office is around the corner (in this highly unfashionable part of town), so three of us from the office decided to stop by for a drink. The bartender was fairly slow and not very helpful, and at one point she did apologize for being slow as "we're really slammed" -- but the bar was nearly empty and the restaurant was half full. That said, the wine list is decent, so a few glasses of wine later we decided to sit down for dinner.
I am generally happy with almost any cuisine, but I do dislike overly complicated dishes -- Urena's style seems pretty straightforward, which is good. There were a number of things that looked interesting, but I chose the short ribs dish, one of my friends chose the chicken, and our other friend wanted tapas.
And that's where the issues really came from. On a Wednesday night, in a half full restaurant, apparently you can only have tapas at the bar. Since the main tapas menu was off-limits to her, she decided on a few of the items from the much-abbreviated list of tapas available to those of us paying for a full meal. And yet again she is stymied, as she only wants two of the dishes, but you can only order three at a time. We were also entertained by the fact that you can get a single cheese for $5, and three cheeses for $15. And I wouldn't be shocked if they didn't let you order two.
I was flabbergasted by the insanity of these policies. Why in the world would you restrict what people can eat, when it's clear that you could do with the extra business?
After that ridiculousness (she just doubled up on one of the tapas), our food was delivered in fairly quick fashion. And, it was quite good. Everything was very tasty, and while not spectacular, Urena's food is certainly good enough to be a really solid neighborhood restaurant.
So in a nutshell: Good food, decent decor (inoffensive at best), crummy service -- and I have no idea why anyone would want to come to 28th Street to eat here. Unfortunately, it's just not good enough to be a destination. Even working around the corner, I doubt any of us will be back. Which is sad, as the neighborhood could do with a few more good places.