308-310 Bleecker St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Grove St.
By foodie50 on 1/9/2009
The food at bar q was nothing short of excellent. We ordered pork belly with perfectly cripsy skin, short ribs with a great balance sauce of savory, sweet and spice. Unbelievable tuna ribs. However, we also received the poorest service (though that wasn't on the menu). While enjoying our meal the ceiling suddenly started leaking, splashing on our table, dishes, food and our clothing. When asked to be re-seated, we had to stand awkwardly with no urgent help in site. Totally no longer in the mood to finish our meal, we asked for the check. The manager stopped by and in cras fashion, itemized what he was willing to comp for us - 'we will take care of your two beers and your side'. The waitress ran our cards and returned them saying "well, at least you got freebies" It's unfortunate that the service was so tacky and unprofessional. No matter how much I crave the tuna ribs I will never set foot back in this establishment and will encourage my friends to do the same.
By jaizee on 5/21/2008
I had heard pretty mixed reviews of the restaurant, and on a whole, I thought that the food was much better than I expected. The unagi and scallion fritters are very good, and the pork buns (different than momofuku's, though clearly inspired by them) are made with skin-on, very crispy pork belly - delicious! The main dishes that I tried were all good, though I thought they were overseasoned. I had heard that this is supposed to be "asian barbeque" and I don't think the theme was quite there. There is so much that can be done with asian bbq, I wonder why they missed the mark. Also it bothers me that the cocktail menu has a spiked bubble tea drink that comes with a tiny cocktail straw. They don't have the thick straws that usually accompanies bubble tea, the only thing the offer is a spoon to fish out the tapioca pearls. Where's the fun in that? Wish they thought that one out a bit more.