The Chelsea Bell (***)
316 8th Ave, Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10001
Ha! I finally ventured outside of the my three go-to restaurants in my Harlem neighborhood. After taking the GRE last week, I met a friend to grab some lunch and (more importantly) some adult beverages.
I gotta say that I had the BEST Fish n Chips EVER at The Chelsea Bell.
In most cases, fish n chips is my general go to when I have to make a quick, executive decision regarding food choices. I pretty much enjoyed this dish because the breading for the fish was out of this world amazing. Honestly, I could have just had the fried breading for lunch. In my opinion, many restaurants’ fish n chips dishes are kind of bland, which “forces” me to to dump copious amounts of vinegar and hot sauce to get some flavor. I think the vinegar love is due to the acidic nature of vinegar. I mean, vinegar IS pretty much diluted acetic acid. Growing up, I used to put vinegar on almost anything that was fried. Hey, a couple of squirts of vinegar on fried chicken is quite delicious. There may have been a couple of time when my lips turned white because of all the vinegar I would put on food. Thank god that I outgrew that phase.
After a few cocktails with lunch, I kind of went into random mode. As my friend and I were finishing lunch, I exclaimed: WE ARE GOING ON A BAR CRAWL!!! That’s my randomness for you. Who the hell initiates a bar crawl on an early Friday afternoon? This guy.
We crawled from Chelsea, to two spots in Midtown east, and ended up in Hell’s Kitchen. We probably hit up 6-7 bars.
One quick rant/question about the service industry.
What is the big deal in NYC with splitting checks/tabs? Some service workers make it seem like splitting a check is so time consuming or difficult. I mean they act like they are splitting atoms.
During our crawl, my friend and I arrived to one of our local bars in Hell’s Kitchen. Even before sitting down, the bartender made a nasty, sassy comment about of splitting a tab three ways. In another post, I think that I’ll talk about this “sassy for the sake of being sassy” attitude in gay culture. A few things:
- We did a clean three-way split. I was not like we gave him an itemized list of what each of us ordered.
- The bar was not packed. Since we are in pandemic mode, the bar has very limited outdoor seating and even less sitting inside. I think the outdoor portion of the bar can accommodate about 15 people. I cannot remember if he was the only one working that evening; perhaps, that was cause of his nasty, sassy attitude.
- Umm isn’t it you job to make these types of transactions/requests? Yes, it might suck to do them, but at the end of the day it IS part of your job. Do not give us crap because we made you do “extra” work. I mean, complain to your coworkers about us.
Is check splitting frowned upon in your area?