Posted: 10/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I am usually really thick skinned when it comes to various characters you tend to encounter in our very diverse city but my experience today at this establishment has compelled me to write this excerpt out in absolute disgust!
I walk into an absolutely empty bar and ask an elderly Irish bar tender if he does not mind if he could turn up the volume of the TV so I could hear the commentary of a football game. He promptly issues out a statement that he is not allowed to serve any alcohol till noon. I was least interested in drinking this morning but found this extremely odd (been to enough bars on Sunday pre-noon and gotten that hangover remedy cocktail), so I asked is it because the bar has some licensing issues? And he rudely responds its how it and its 10k city fine- take it or leave it???
At this point I am rubbed the wrong way but I tried to brush it as side by asking for the menu and I figure out what I want but I am not just hungry yet to order.
The man now is standing right in front me and then asks me what I would like? I respond saying- I am not hungry right this minute but closer to half time I will get something and water is good for now.
He then responds- ""no you have to get something to be in here and went on some tyrant about tourist coming in not ordering and watching tv."" I then proceed to be polite and understanding and say. ""You can take my card, charge me for brunch and if you can please bring the meal out in 30 mins."" And this I believed was a fair compromise.
He then proceeds to hammer away at me saying if I am not ordering right now to eat- I SHOULD LEAVE???? Unreal! Never in my whole life have I come across person of such crude and uncouth behavior. And can I make another statement- this place was EMPTY! Looked like it had a capacity for 60 people and was absolutely EMPTY!
I promptly left the premises and as I was walking out a young waitress, who look perplexed and smiled when I said ? what did the old man smoke today morning? So this might be a strong indication this behavior is perceived to be normal??
I walked to a bistro, closer to Madison and was promptly seated- which again was another empty establishment that actually served ALCOHOL (magically having no legal issues); changed my mind and got a pint of Guinness and ordered food as I wanted 30 mins later. The staff was extremely courteous and put my faith back in New York City!
Sorry for the verbose rant- I have no idea if this old guy works on weekends or is there often. Please avoid him with a passion! And if the owner of CONNOLLY?S happens to read this, please do check on the customer service of your staff! He more fit to work as character in a Haunted House than being a bartender.
fyi- this gets a star because there is no option to put a big FAT 0