Playa & Cabana Bar

★★☆☆☆

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Playa is in the same building as two previous BBQ places that were both mediocre at best. Playa is Latin food, with a few American standards, and a $4 unlimited sangria brunch. Any reviews preceding spring 09 apply to the BBQ places. Playa is worth a look, although they were out of chorizo when I was there too and I have to echo the other reviewers comment. A Latin place out of chorizo? What's up with that? Otherwise pretty solid. I spent years working in a BBQ restaurant and the pulled pork sliders that I got in place of the chorizo were very tasty. You can't beat $4 unlimited sangria.

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★★★★☆

Playa is in the same building as two previous BBQ places that were both mediocre at best. Playa is Latin food, with a few American standards, and a $4 unlimited sangria brunch. Any reviews preceding spring 09 apply to the BBQ places. Playa is worth a look, although they were out of chorizo when I was there too and I have to echo the other reviewers comment. A Latin place out of chorizo? What's up with that? Otherwise pretty solid. I spent years working in a BBQ restaurant and the pulled pork sliders that I got in place of the chorizo were very tasty. You can't beat $4 unlimited sangria.

Pros: It's a different restaurant

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I didn't eat the barbecue, so I can't confirm or deny the other ratings, but the brunch was actually a great experience. One of my friends has to eat gluten-free, and the Colombian empanada casings, and pan de queso served are made from corn, not flour so she was in heaven. Also, we def took advantage of the sangria brunch specials and had a great time.

My only issue was the waiter/kitchen/communication between the two, had a difficult time adding sausage into our brunch entrees, rather it came later on the side?

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★★★☆☆

I didn't eat the barbecue, so I can't confirm or deny the other ratings, but the brunch was actually a great experience. One of my friends has to eat gluten-free, and the Colombian empanada casings, and pan de queso served are made from corn, not flour so she was in heaven. Also, we def took advantage of the sangria brunch specials and had a great time.

My only issue was the waiter/kitchen/communication between the two, had a difficult time adding sausage into our brunch entrees, rather it came later on the side?

Pros: Brunch was great, cheap sangria..

Cons: Difficult time changing order

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Gotta give it to them?they do good pulled pork and cornbread pudding. However, until they get their hygiene-act together, I don't think I'll be going back. We ordered take-out and found a strand of human hair in one container and a strand of cat (or maybe rodent) hair in another. To "top" things off some more, the manager was less than apologetic when we brought it to her attention. So the combination of hair (plural) and bad customer service gets no stars from me.

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★☆☆☆☆

Gotta give it to them?they do good pulled pork and cornbread pudding. However, until they get their hygiene-act together, I don't think I'll be going back. We ordered take-out and found a strand of human hair in one container and a strand of cat (or maybe rodent) hair in another. To "top" things off some more, the manager was less than apologetic when we brought it to her attention. So the combination of hair (plural) and bad customer service gets no stars from me.

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This place was terrible. I had to write this "review" and hope it is helpful and saves you from making the same mistake we did. The food was not very good, and that is being nice. I wouldn't send an enemy to eat here. There are enough other places in the area that I will not go back there.

The only good thing about the place was the waitress. I could almost see by the look on her face she knew the food was horrible, but i'm sure she needs the job. I am willing to bet the employees do not eat there.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was terrible. I had to write this "review" and hope it is helpful and saves you from making the same mistake we did. The food was not very good, and that is being nice. I wouldn't send an enemy to eat here. There are enough other places in the area that I will not go back there.

The only good thing about the place was the waitress. I could almost see by the look on her face she knew the food was horrible, but i'm sure she needs the job. I am willing to bet the employees do not eat there.

Pros: waitress

Cons: everything she put on the table.

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as an observer of great places that have gone up in the neighborhood, my friends and i are always on the hunt for a great place to eat and drink.
This place is not a "great place" to do laundry, much less eat OR drink. Very expensive for what you get in return including small portions, lousy service and a staff that generally doesn't seem to care that it even exists. The employees look like they are MADE to work there like some sort of sweat shop and overall the atmosphere is quite extraordinary in the most negative sense of the word.
Go to bonnie's. we should have. i can't even believe i HAVE to even choose a star.

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★☆☆☆☆

as an observer of great places that have gone up in the neighborhood, my friends and i are always on the hunt for a great place to eat and drink.
This place is not a "great place" to do laundry, much less eat OR drink. Very expensive for what you get in return including small portions, lousy service and a staff that generally doesn't seem to care that it even exists. The employees look like they are MADE to work there like some sort of sweat shop and overall the atmosphere is quite extraordinary in the most negative sense of the word.
Go to bonnie's. we should have. i can't even believe i HAVE to even choose a star.

Pros: NONE

Cons: ALL

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Considering the other reviews here I don't know if my food and service was a fluke or maybe they have made improvements. I went there the other day and picked up some spare ribs for take-out and was blown away by how good they were. The meat was moist, tender and practically fell off the bone. I couldn't stop thinking about it so I went back today for more take out and got the ribs again and a slice of the banana cream pie. The ribs were even more tender than the last time and the sauce was outstanding. The pie was unlike any other banana cream pie I'd ever tasted. It was awesome. Instead of your typical banana pudding or banana cream mixture thrown on top of a graham cracker crust, it was more the consistency and taste of homemade banana bread mixture chilled on a crust instead of baked. Both times I went there the staff was super friendly to me, going as far to offer me a drink while I waited for my take out order. I will definitely be going back there again. For those of you who had a bad experience, I say give it another shot. You never know, you may get lucky.

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★★★★★

Considering the other reviews here I don't know if my food and service was a fluke or maybe they have made improvements. I went there the other day and picked up some spare ribs for take-out and was blown away by how good they were. The meat was moist, tender and practically fell off the bone. I couldn't stop thinking about it so I went back today for more take out and got the ribs again and a slice of the banana cream pie. The ribs were even more tender than the last time and the sauce was outstanding. The pie was unlike any other banana cream pie I'd ever tasted. It was awesome. Instead of your typical banana pudding or banana cream mixture thrown on top of a graham cracker crust, it was more the consistency and taste of homemade banana bread mixture chilled on a crust instead of baked. Both times I went there the staff was super friendly to me, going as far to offer me a drink while I waited for my take out order. I will definitely be going back there again. For those of you who had a bad experience, I say give it another shot. You never know, you may get lucky.

Pros: Great food, excellent and friendly service, quick turn around time

Cons: What, no wet-naps with an order of ribs?

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MY GF and I went here for an early dinner / late lunch. The decor is cute enough (country-inspired mod) and our waitress was friendly. But, sadly, the food was very disappointing. The ribs were dry and flavorless. My pulled pork sandwich was comprised of large chunks of tough-ish meat (not tender enough to have that shredded look) atop a too-large onion bun. The onion in the bun overwhelmed the flavorless meat. The $9 sandwich came a la carte, so I ordered a $4 side of fries that turned out to be totally inedible -- soggy, gross, and cold. The baked beans side dish had a weird and overpowering cumin taste. The cornbread was OK, but far too dense -- and they didn't provide any honey for it. It was not the absolute worst BBQ I've ever eaten, but it was worth neither the calories nor the cash. I don't recommend this place at all, especially since there are so many really good restaurants right on the same stretch of 5th Ave.

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★★☆☆☆

MY GF and I went here for an early dinner / late lunch. The decor is cute enough (country-inspired mod) and our waitress was friendly. But, sadly, the food was very disappointing. The ribs were dry and flavorless. My pulled pork sandwich was comprised of large chunks of tough-ish meat (not tender enough to have that shredded look) atop a too-large onion bun. The onion in the bun overwhelmed the flavorless meat. The $9 sandwich came a la carte, so I ordered a $4 side of fries that turned out to be totally inedible -- soggy, gross, and cold. The baked beans side dish had a weird and overpowering cumin taste. The cornbread was OK, but far too dense -- and they didn't provide any honey for it. It was not the absolute worst BBQ I've ever eaten, but it was worth neither the calories nor the cash. I don't recommend this place at all, especially since there are so many really good restaurants right on the same stretch of 5th Ave.

Pros: close proximity to good restaurants that you should go to instead of this one

Cons: the food is bad

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The people who work here are terribly rude, never going back. And the food stinks. Dont even think about going, its a waste of time.

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★☆☆☆☆

The people who work here are terribly rude, never going back. And the food stinks. Dont even think about going, its a waste of time.

Pros: Leaving

Cons: Service, food, decor, price

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My family and I went there last night. We were looking for something good to eat and the menu seemed very appetizing. Ha Ha - what a disappointment. The food was GROSS. The food (both meat and side dishes) had no flavor at all. I had to create a BBQ sauce with the sauces they gave us, to make my meal worth eating. Please go anywhere but there for BBQ food.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family and I went there last night. We were looking for something good to eat and the menu seemed very appetizing. Ha Ha - what a disappointment. The food was GROSS. The food (both meat and side dishes) had no flavor at all. I had to create a BBQ sauce with the sauces they gave us, to make my meal worth eating. Please go anywhere but there for BBQ food.

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i ate here with some friends and i usually really like bbq, however this place doesnt cut it at all. the food was not prepared well, my friend got his dish 20 minutes before i did, and for the money i could have gotten a much better meal somewhere else. the servers arent the nicest people either. eat here at your own risk.

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★☆☆☆☆

i ate here with some friends and i usually really like bbq, however this place doesnt cut it at all. the food was not prepared well, my friend got his dish 20 minutes before i did, and for the money i could have gotten a much better meal somewhere else. the servers arent the nicest people either. eat here at your own risk.

Pros: location

Cons: food, service, price

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This place was terrible!!!!! My girlfriend and I ate here and the meat was very dry and looked as if it was standing out all day... really gross, and the side orders were microscopic. Prices are too high. I can not remember the last time i left an establishment this unsatisfied. And to top it off the service was the worst part, our waiter was very nasty, he never introduced himself and took an hour to take our order. when we complained to the hostess, and she was worse the waiter... she was EXTREMELY rude. We are never going back or recommending this place, blehh!! AWFUL! SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was terrible!!!!! My girlfriend and I ate here and the meat was very dry and looked as if it was standing out all day... really gross, and the side orders were microscopic. Prices are too high. I can not remember the last time i left an establishment this unsatisfied. And to top it off the service was the worst part, our waiter was very nasty, he never introduced himself and took an hour to take our order. when we complained to the hostess, and she was worse the waiter... she was EXTREMELY rude. We are never going back or recommending this place, blehh!! AWFUL! SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY

Pros: Better places to go right on the same block

Cons: EVERYTHING

 

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