Service Bar


Have you had meals at the service bar? Or are curious about the service bar experience? Learn from local food influencer, Nick D’Ambrosio the blogger behind @drunkennewyork 

Every city has local restaurants with service bars that serve amazing meals and have a unique experience that only locals know about. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about why the service bar (pre-COVID) was such a unique experience. Even though we are currently in a pandemic, it won’t last forever, and these experiences are what we can look forward to, once indoor dining opens up again.

Restaurants: The Pandemic Experience

In these uncertain times, many of us are yearning to get back into a restaurant here in NYC; sit down to have a customary dining experience, and just feel normal again. While we do understand that safety of not only ourselves, but also those around us are of the utmost importance and should always be top of mind, it does not discount the fact that we are wanting indoor dining back in full swing sooner rather than later.

Missed but Not Forgotten

When dining out many of us have our “Go-To” areas of a restaurant; for example, some want to dine at a table, others outdoor spaces, and many at the bar. However, not many like to sit adjacent to the service area of the bar top in the restaurant. This obscure place at the bar, in my view, is the absolute best place to sit and is my favorite spot in any establishment.

The Service Bar: A Unique Vantage Point

Now this may be the view of an operator like myself, but no better place in a restaurant to get the current pulse of what is happening in any eatery in the world. For some reason, waitstaff, bartenders,
managers, and employees think that this coveted area of the restaurant is where they can voice
their frustrations, feelings, thoughts, opinions, and stories with the belief that anyone within
earshot, with exception of co-workers, are unable to hear them.

Possibly thinking no one is listening, but as we all know too well, in today’s world someone is always listening. For those of you that have worked in the industry, you know exactly what I am talking about and probably just chuckled out loud about it.

Behind the scenes and untold stories

Over the years, I have heard some of the most outrageous stories of staff members’ bizarre
escapades from the night before. And trust me, bizarre is an understatement. I have listened to
employees complain about co-workers, their section, guests, how unfair management can be etc
etc etc.

The simple truth is, no matter the location or how fancy or casual place it may be, the
conversation at the service bar is always the same and quite entertaining. So, when we are
released back into society here in NYC and able to dine out, try sitting near the service bar and
you will be amazed how exciting and amusing it can be. Cheers to seeing you all at the bar top

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