We had a number of choices on a cold April day for dinner sites before catching a train from Penn Station. Chose Ayza on 31st because it gave us the flexibility of choosing small meals than most of the others in this very Korean dining area. We had lunch in Brooklyn Heights and were not that hungry but did want something before getting the train at 7:30. We sat in the outside area on 31st Street near the wall of the next door building enclosed in thick plastic sheeting because of the weather. Service was very pleasant and quick. We were given saki sized servings of sangria to sample along with an olice spread and bread slices. My wife had the veggie panini while I chose the 3 course A board, with Prosciutto, dried beef and duck liver, which came with a nice selection of different bread slices. Serving size was exactly what I needed at the time. I would have sliced the Prosciutto thinner, I prefer it the way it was once served to us at a Sister City dinner by an Italian company from Parma, tissue thin so it melted in your mouth. The dried beef was a bit dry to eat and could have been served with something to moisten it, maybe olive oil. The cranberry 'jam' that accompanied the dish was nice, but went better with the Prosciutto and duck pate. it is all served on a wooden board which is a nice idea but kind of tedious trying the keep things from falling onto the table top.
Two unusual things: the restroom is very close to the bar, only the one room for all the share so when it's really busy there may be a wait. Just before I went in, a woman who worked at the restaurant went in before me. Amazingly she left exactly two sheets of toilet tissue on the roll so i wound up having to replace it with the new roll.
While we were eating and it was still light out, I looked down at my wife's feet and just behind her on the other side of the plastic wall was a rat, who had come around from the other side of the wall and then turned and ran back when it realized it was in a dead end. Luckily I must have scared it because it ran right past a large unzipped opening in the bottom of the adjoining plastic sheets. When I told the lovely young waitress she needed to zip it down all the way she was very embarassed and kept appologizing for the experience, saying in her French accent "Oh, New York!" as in 'what can you do?'.
Overall a decent experience considering the weather and busy time, I'm sure there would have been a number of places where we would have had more food for the price, but this was okay and probably wasn't that expensive once you consider half the bill was for wine!
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