My husband and I came to New York for a talk at the Met on Dutch Art. My husband is an artist who works in Still life and Interiors. One of our goals was to visit the Frauncus Tavern, which was presented as an elegant historical museum and restaurant by their website.
We got to the area, after much traffic and expensive parking, only to find it closed. We were very disappointed so we ate elsewhere. On our way back to our car, we saw that it was open so we were delighted and decided to go in and have something simple just to experience the lovely setting.
We were the only people there. Rock and roll music was being piped into the lovely 1700's tavern side, which totally ruined any attempt at conversation so we moved to the dining room, which was quieter but you could still hear the loud music.
We ordered soup, bread and a beer. The waiter was bored and unattentive. We tried not to let it spoil it for us. After we ate, we asked for the check several times, as we had to get our car out of the garage or pay another $ 15.00. We had a half hour to go next door and get the car. We asked three times for the check to no avail. (Remember there was not another soul in the place.) Finally I stood up and went up to the hostess, who was talking on the phone and ignored me and finally said in a loud voice, ""Could we please have our check."" This brought the check but we waited 15 more minutes for the change, no luck...asked again..told by the girl ""I already told them you wanted the change, they're working on it!"" It took 3 tries to get the change, with the older man from the kitchen literally hollering at us about how we couldn't wait!!
As we left, the group of 3, the hostess, the waiter and the rude man stood in the foyer talking loudly about what ""jerks"" we were..the man said, ""what the hell did they expect, they only ordered the soup!""
I expected good service, nice ambiance, and a historical experience. I didn't get any of it. Don't waste your time here