Business Travelers: Do you recommend Jack Bistro for
Excited to be back in NYC, move complete, and to introduce New York BarTaste reviews. There are still several Philly Reviews to deliver which you will see over the next several weeks sprinkled among the New York reviews. For my first NYC review I decided to use the opportunity to reacquaint myself with my old neighborhood, Greenwich Village. I chose a longtime neighborhood standard, Jack Bistro on University Place.
The Jack Bistro Experience: I walk into Jack on Monday June 25, 2012 about 9:00 P.M. The place has not changed much, the menu has become a simpler French inspired bar food selection. The place is not very crowded although it is a little later on Monday night. Jack offers a $20 three course dinner special, a nice surprise, and you can substitute a glass of wine for one course which I do. I order the Lamb Bolognaise, desert and a glass of wine, all for $20. Food was very good and the price made it even better. Bar is on the smaller side in a corner with 4 seats on the short side and 6 on the longer side. The short side seats offer a view of the restaurant through the often open full length glass windows to the outdoor seating area and the busy sidewalk beyond. Of course a guy comes in, sits right next to me (why?) and reeks of cigarette smoke. I get the idea he is a regular and that I am next to his regular seat so avoid the third and fourth seats from the corner. One television in the corner showing the Mets who lost to the Cubs. Being a Phillies fan in NYC I was not sad. Bartender extremely engaging and friendly.
Business Travelers: No business people around this evening. Not the place you would normally travel to from other parts of the city if traveling on business but a great casual choice if you are in the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Especially appealing is the outdoor seating. I have seen several business people taking a break, eating lunch or people watching from the large number of outdoor tables in the afternoon and evening. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in Jack and the surrounding neighborhood.