I'd love something similar to Cuvee to thrive, but based on my visit I'm not sure if this actual bar will.
Group of friends came in for desert, drinks.
- super slow service (one other party of @ 7)
Food is mostly made with a toaster oven - so they should probably get a couple of them to handle parallel orders, right?
- failed basic sequencing of drinks, food (eg get the small, new party's drink orders in before getting round #3 to the other table).
- CRAZILY expensive. I travel all over, love high end places (and dives too). I'm totally happy to pay for value.
Cuvee charged @ $20 (!) for a simple champagne cocktail - bitters, champagne, etc.
That's steep for New York, much less a back street of Avila.
It seems Cuvees concept it to soak tourists. Avila has a limited number of options (basically, the Custom House / Mr. Ricks is it) - so there's definitely a need for more choices and specifically more 'loungy' / less loud drinking spots. But there's expensive and good, and there's just silly. Cuvee is on the silly end of the spectrum.
For me, the tacky decor (pseudo-bordello meets thrift store), bright harsh lighting, slow service, limited food choices, and FANTASTICALLY expensive drinks combine to make Cuvee a must-miss.
Perhaps they've improved things (my visit was over a month ago). Proceed with caution.
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