Went to go have lunch at the bar today. Let me weigh it out:
Pros: Food was good. I was comped a dessert. The duck was really amazing. The food was pretty.
Cons: Zero warmth in the service. Long stretches of time before I was attended to or even had my order taken -- minimal check-ins. Although the food was decent, none of it had any wow factor (aside from the duck). Although the menu was a la carte, the portions were tasting menu size. The bartenders were constantly banging their shakers on to the bar right in front of me with great force and gusto. I have one dietary restriction and they had to keep going back to the kitchen to find out that two of the items I ordered or a no-go for me. Although they comped a dessert for me, it was pretty unremarkable -- like a fancy Butterfinger. And if I may continue to nitpick, at a restaurant with this large reputation and at such a high price point, I would expect that amuse/mignardises would be provided. I got some at the end, but it was "special" for some reason.
A friend told me that they sometimes serve a five course tasting at the bar for $125. For whatever reason, this was not a day they were offering it. Even with my comped dessert, my bill came to about $105 Comparatively speaking, the QPR is no good. One last note: in the main dining room, a huge brigade of waitstaff was scurrying around the room, like well choreographed worker bees. In contrast, it looks like us bar customers were being treated like the red headed step children -- zero fuss at all.
I've been bitten too much by these goofy Pellegino List/Three Star promises, I think. I'm going to go and have some tacos at Chelsea Market tonight.