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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Hot. Ass. Mess.

I like that phrase. Saturday night, I had dinner and drinky-drinks with X and Will. Lawd, lawd. Hot. Ass. Mess. We decided to go to Harlem Grill (2247-49 7th Ave, between 132nd and133rd), since it was sort of halfway between me and X, and across the street from Will. And, you know, since Will spoke so highly of the place, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Harlem Grill. It had a grill. And that was about all. Oh, don't get me wrong, the decor was lovely and all the furniture was there. It's just that the food and drink were missing. Will wanted a Red Stripe, and they didn't have it, so he opted for the server's suggested alternative, Chimay. They didn't have it. I asked for a Guinness and got a Brooklyn Lager or something, since they had run out of Guinness, and the bartender thought that was the next best thing, which, while bizarre, is absolutely straight up hilarious, because they served it to me at first like I wouldn't notice. Me. Not notice that what they brought me was not a Guinness. Bwahaha! Eventually, Will got my Brooklyn Lager, X got a Maker's Mark and Coke, and I straight bit off her, because I like to be adventurous. MM & C was tasty. Tasty like antifreeze is tasty. And probably just as dangerous. I think they put a little hextra MM in mine, because when X went to order a second...yeah, all gone. On to the food. I don't even remember what the first choice appetizer was, but they didn't have it. Nor did they have the lobster ravioli we all wanted. And when X ordered her back-up appetizer--rib-eye, I think--it was a different cut of meat altogether. Will, ever the diligent reporter, tracked the chef down and asked him why they didn't serve half of what was on the menu. Which was genius, because that would never have occurred to me. Apparently, the chef wasn't happy with the unavailable dishes and just stopped serving them until he felt the kitchen had gotten it right. That's cool. Gotta respect the man for that. And to be fair, what we did get was really, really good. And I'm sure that, if they served desserts, those would be really good, too, except, you know, at this point in time, they don't. But go for the food they do have, and the good humor of the staff, and the liberal bar mixage. It works. And once the place gets settled, it'll probably be superhot. But that's all pretty much immaterial, because, OMFG, I had dinner and drinky-drinks with X and Will! *jumping, clapping, happy dance, happy dance, swoon* They are too, too, too funny, and ridiculously cool (Will had waitresses who weren't even serving us in stitches, like, from across the room. That might not be a good thing, though. Hm.). And both were totally genuine and relaxed, and too cute for my turtle-neck-and-sneaker-wearing ass. X, as I said before, is gorgeous (and if she tries to feed you some rap about how she needs to lose weight, just smack her, dammit. If I could wear jeans the way that heffa can, sheeeeeit, I would never wear a thang else, lol.) And Will is officially a cutey-patootey--very handsome, and such a gentleman. I'm gonna leave it at that, since I don't relish the idea of having my life threatened via blogger comments. Anyway. I was having so much fun and was so glad I got to hang out with them, I broke my own damn rules. I had to work Sunday morning, and planned to be a good girl and get home by 10 (we met at 6), so I could be abed by 11. Did. Not. Happen. How about X kicked me out of Mandingo in front of my place at 1 a.m. And I had to be at work--not up, at work--by 6:30. And I didn't even care. 'Course, that might have had something to do with the fact that I was truly bent. Truly. And I'm not entirely sure how I got to be that way, because during the course of our six hour gabfest, I only had three drinks. Okay, three strong drinks. But still. And I ain't gonna tell you what we talked about, because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and what happens at Harlem Grill apparently happens in a vacuum, a vacuum into which all good things--Guinness, lobster ravioli, hilarity, sobriety--disappear. And that's all I have to say about that. It is official, I luh' dem bofe. LUH', DAMMIT! All I know is, X better bring her ass back up here soon, and Will owes me a damn bowling match. Hmph.

11 Comments:

At 2/27/2005 11:45:00 PM, Anonymous Shasta MacNasty said...

"...hextra..."

Why the hell is that so damn funny to me?

I'm glad you, X, and Will had a great time! I'd like to meet more bloggers...hmm...

 
At 2/28/2005 12:14:00 AM, Blogger Sid said...

come on down, er, over?

I don't know why, but hextra is damn funny to me, too. I just love it. I love it a hextra lot!

 
At 2/28/2005 12:15:00 AM, Blogger Sid said...

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At 2/28/2005 03:54:00 AM, Blogger bobbie said...

Sounds like you had a great time, even if there was no bass!

 
At 2/28/2005 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Will said...

LOL...It was a great night and I'm so glad we finally hooked up!

I truly believe that Grill will get their act together. They better! I live across the friggin street and need somewhere to eat! LOL

You are the best, Ms. Dity!!! Luh yuh back...

 
At 2/28/2005 10:55:00 AM, Blogger Mary said...

Awwww that sounds fun. But when I come to NYC, we better go to Ruby Foo's, Sid.

 
At 2/28/2005 11:14:00 AM, Anonymous golden... said...

DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! IF I had known ya'll were gonna be there for SIX HOURS! I'da came thru! Yep. Would've p/u my dear Singin and came on down to the Harlem Grill!

Thanks for callin Sid but the kid had a game! girl and we beat their booties! but lost on Sunday! Boooooooooo!

I'll be callin ya soon for that lunch date!

Glad you all had a great time!

 
At 2/28/2005 11:17:00 AM, Blogger Jazz said...

I am so jealous.

 
At 2/28/2005 02:05:00 PM, Blogger Zantiferous3 said...

GIRRRRRRRRLL did we NOT have the most FANTABULOUS TIME??? Seriously... I had the most fun with ya'll. I KNEW yo' ass was gonna be cool as shit... dammit... ya made me wanna stay until Sunday and get the New York Times classifieds!!! You would officially be one of my bestest friends if I were ever to come back permanently. *slipping Sid a $50 under the table for the compliments* THANK YOU GIRLIE!!! I am ready to come back already... but won't be back til June for my mother's birthday... we HAVE to get together again!!! I had an absolute BALL.

 
At 2/28/2005 02:08:00 PM, Blogger Zantiferous3 said...

ROFLMAO@ the Harlem Grill having a grill and not much else... girl that night was unbelievable, if that waitress would have come back to that table ONE MORE TIME EMPTY HANDED!!! LMAO... unbelievable... but the bar was definitely the spot!!! Yes! I must blog about it too!!!

 
At 1/25/2006 11:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right! Harlem Grill is a "hot ass mess". And because I can be dense, it took me four visits to realize this. I have fallen in love with "concept" but not the end result. Monday night is fabulous as far as entertainment. That's blues night featuring Acantha. She is riveting to watch, at least the first two times. (Kind of like if Ashanti sang like Tina Turner with a little bit of Diana Ross as Billie Holiday but not Billie Holiday). She is somewhat convincing though...she gives off a very "tragic" vibe. I just kept thinking "I hope someone doesn't expose her to drugs". Check her out and you'll know what I mean. The service is inattentive at best...they act as if their clientele should be impressed even though the service and staff are unimpressive. The owner West doesn't have much of a presence and doesn't appear to be obsessive about taking this place to the next level. Fuss over your "random" customers a little, make them feel like this is an expereience. Present your place as if it is fabulous!
It's all a game right?

Bottom line: Too much unrealized potential. Someone needs to polish this diamond!

 

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