I decided to check out Club A on my impromptu trip to NYC because I couldn’t get last minute reservations to Peter Lugar’s. Impromptu as in I booked my flight 4 days before I actually flew out to NYC.
Club A seemed to have a lot of high remarks on the web and most notably Steve “the Woz” Wozniak has dined here. You don’t know who the Woz is?! Well, he’s the cool guy with the leather jacket and white T-shirt on Happy Days. Wait… That’s the Fonz. Nevermind. The Woz is the co-founder of Apple. The restaurant has a really old mobster feel to it. Okay. Think of the Copacabana club scene in Goodfellas. It’s exactly the same vibe and there is live music on certain days. There’s a lot of red, pictures on the wall, very dimly lit, and booth seating. It was pretty awesome cause I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse….
The service was okay. Here’s the thing. I don’t dress up unless I’m at work, a funeral, an interview or a wedding. I like going out in jeans/shorts, T-shirt and sneakers. The problem with that is when I dine at upscale/expensive restaurants I always get the stare down. I got the same stare down here. The stare down as in “Can this mofo afford dining here?” However, the biggest criminals aren’t the ones with tattoos. They’re the ones with suits and ties.
I like the feeling I get when I come to fancy places looking broke and knowing I could pick up the tab plus a fat tip, which is exactly what I did here like how I always do at fine establishments like McDonald’s. In addition, I don’t hesitate at all with bragging about all the fine dining establishments I’ve been to around the world and I drop more names than the Game on a song and 2pac’s Hit Em Up combined. When I get fancy, I usually double up on the Lacoste polo shirts, so I could have two pop collars. As the song goes, “I turn the Ritz into a poor house. It’s like eviction number four now. I told my buddy, “Go ahead and ash it on the floor now”. I gave a fat tip here and the reason I did it here was because the service was GREAT besides the initial stare down. In addition, I wanted to post my receipt on Yelp making sure people saw my 25% tip.
Now, the food.
- Canadian Bacon – It was a thick cut of bacon and a seared. The seared marks did a decent job of being able to contain the flavor of the bacon and the juices of the bacon. It was a pretty good tasting piece of Canadian Bacon and had the bite to it. I GOT BACON SODA!
- Creamed spinach – This seemed to be under prepared. It was a bit watery and flavorless. It was missing the richness of the butter and the taste of the spinach. This was okay like when you see a girl off of IG and she forgot her Valencia filter.
- Truffle Mac and Cheese – I love truffles so truffle on anything is a plus in my book. The truffle was decent and it tasted like it was made from truffle oils instead of actual truffles. The dish lacked the pungent aroma of truffles. Th Mac and Cheese was decent even though it wasn’t too creamy and wasn’t too dry.
- Prime 24 Oz Dry Age Rib Eye – This was a good piece of steak and the seasoning of the salt and pepper was on point. The only issue was that it was a bit over cooked. I asked for medium rare and it came out medium. It should come out medium rare then be cooked to medium while you’re eating it on a hot plate. The food coma definitely followed after the meal.
We received complimentary dessert and ravioli. It was free so I couldn’t really complain about the taste. I’m not going to rate the dessert cause I’m not a big sweets person. Overall, it was a good dining experience and the food was pretty decent. It’s definitely not better than Mastro’s or Ruth Chris. However, next time I dine here, I’m going to be in my Michael Corleone suit and tie and have whole conversations in a Sicilian ascent.
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- Service - 7.5/107.5/10
- Presentation - 6/106/10
- Flavors - 6.5/106.5/10
- Decor - 6.5/106.5/10
- Ambiance - 6.5/106.5/10
Club A provides a classic New York dining atmosphere with its decor and service. The flavors are a hit and miss depending on what you order. However, it does excel at the Dry Aged Rib Eye as a Steakhouse is expected. I would suggest tripling up on the polo shirt so you could pop 3 collars.