|500 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC|
The overall look is more "modern-gastropub" than the original English pubs I have been too. Dark, "new" wood is the general theme of the venue and seating for dinner is plenty with more private dining towards the back. I can see people getting real cosy back there late night.
The preview went very well, it was open bar and open food for everyone in attendance. I tried a few things off the menu: the foie gras, which was out of this world with a slight hint of cumin, I think. The spare ribs were beyond delicious and the meat just fell off the bone with a savory sauce.
The cocktails were all pre-batched, mixology punches by Mr. Salicetti in beautiful, large glass containers on the bar top allowing us to watch the fruit-fusions in action and providing a beautiful presentation. The punches were tasty and ranged from sweet, sour, neutral and spicy.
|Sailor, Bollywood & Virgin Island|
The fashion: it was a rare, cold night in the city for the Fall so everyone had on their best winter attire: fashionable scarfs, boots, jackets, hats - these are making a huge comback with men - and leggings/stockings for the women.
By the end of the night I was pretty tipsy -- shocker -- and didn't realize I had been there for three hours, time flew right by. On a scale of one to ten, I give Slightly Oliver a solid 9. I look forward to going back and trying the permanent cocktails and would recommend this place to anyone looking for a more sophisticated atmosphere where you can sip cocktails, listen to some indie-music and all while enjoying a solid meal.