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Posted by Max on 04/19/2012
It's hard not to appreciate the mystique behind using a phone booth to enter a bar. Once inside, the decor and atmosphere is very somber and tasteful, and really lets you talk to someone. The cocktails are excellent but overpriced. Don't bother ordering hot dogs, it's really all about the drinks, and they definitely do drinks well. It's not the sort of place to go often, but every once in a while, it's worth the experience.
Posted by D.Monroe on 04/26/2010
The cocktail menu at PDT is just heaven, and an absolute work of art. If you’re serious about cocktails, you can very much appreciate the art and skill at work here. All that said, there also used to be the ability to simply tell your server that you were interested in something, like something, and let the skilled mixologist create it for you. Once, I took a film producer in here who wanted a “bourbon-based” & “mildly-sweet” cocktail – and when it came, it was like nothing on earth, he said. That was always one of the nicest things about the place. So…. On the second round of cocktails, a gentleman from London asks for a “champagne-based” & “fruit-type” cocktail. “Like a Bellini?” the waiter suggests. “Yes, exactly, that would be perfect.” Waiter then says, “I’m afraid we can’t do that as we have no peach purée.” Okay…. Then how about substituting that with either Pomegranate (on their menu) or Passionfruit (also on their menu)? London-customer perks up, but waiter says, “Absolutely not. They will not make that for you.” Period, that’s it. I was completely shocked. So, I calmly looked at him and said, “You have Passionfruit and Champagne, but we cannot have a Passionfruit Champagne Cocktail?” And he simply said, “No, they won’t do it.” Now, I have no idea who the current mixologists are there at the moment, or if Jim Meehan’s still involved in what goes on here, but I was completely shocked that the waiter wouldn’t even ASK the bartender if what the customer asked for specifically was even an option. Just a complete shut down, with no explanation, so we had no choice but to leave immediately. Waiter did not seem to mind one bit. A deeply, deeply embarrassing experience. In the bathrooms, there’s a list of house rules for the place (i.e. no hitting on strangers, no talking too loudly, etc., etc.) –all good rules. Especially the first rule: Treat others as you would expect to be treated here. The waiter we had clearly needs to read this one over and over again, or try another profession that doesn’t involve serving people in public. Terrible, sad embarrassing experience.
Posted by EV Foodie on 06/16/2009
I knew what I was getting into. Overpriced, over mixed drinks. The wines were amazing. The beers great but VERY small for $8 a glass. What I couldn't believe was they spent so much making the place beautiful and server the food on the cheap plastic plates with super cheap plastic forks and knives. The ketchup and mustard came in dime store containers. Very strange. The lounge is very sleek. Service is great but I really can't get past being served plastic forsts and knives when the place looks like one of the nicest places on St Marks.