Shark Bar Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 307 Amsterdam Ave

    New York, NY 10023

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  • 212-874-8500

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One of the great New York city haunts. Loads of history here. Plus it being the place where I met my wife, it has a special place in my heart. Great food, especially the ettoufette, the greens and the yams. Brunch there is a special occassion. The music is always cutting edge and even the though it's not the hottest place in town it still gets really crowded. Not a big place at all and the weekends usually packs a crowd but the food and atmosphere is definitely worth it.

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★★★★★

One of the great New York city haunts. Loads of history here. Plus it being the place where I met my wife, it has a special place in my heart. Great food, especially the ettoufette, the greens and the yams. Brunch there is a special occassion. The music is always cutting edge and even the though it's not the hottest place in town it still gets really crowded. Not a big place at all and the weekends usually packs a crowd but the food and atmosphere is definitely worth it.

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I see reviews like the one I'm about to write and I wonder how in the world it's possible for a place this bad to stay in business. Rarely do I find a place I don't want to give a second chance. This is one of those. I hate what I'm about to write, but I think this is an establishment that doesn't care to have White patrons. Being that I walk by this place all the time and it's crowded with African-Americans, I attribute the horrible service I received to this, especially considering THE RESTAURANT WAS ALMOST EMPTY. The young Black woman supposedly attending to me was also doubling as the hostess, and was absorbed in text messaging on her mobile phone the entire time I was there, including while she was ringing up my bill. Add to that HORRIBLY over-spiced food to the point of being inedible (and I like it spicy) it seemed like a message was being delivered: "Stay Out!" And I will. You should also!

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★☆☆☆☆

I see reviews like the one I'm about to write and I wonder how in the world it's possible for a place this bad to stay in business. Rarely do I find a place I don't want to give a second chance. This is one of those. I hate what I'm about to write, but I think this is an establishment that doesn't care to have White patrons. Being that I walk by this place all the time and it's crowded with African-Americans, I attribute the horrible service I received to this, especially considering THE RESTAURANT WAS ALMOST EMPTY. The young Black woman supposedly attending to me was also doubling as the hostess, and was absorbed in text messaging on her mobile phone the entire time I was there, including while she was ringing up my bill. Add to that HORRIBLY over-spiced food to the point of being inedible (and I like it spicy) it seemed like a message was being delivered: "Stay Out!" And I will. You should also!

Pros: Location

Cons: HORRENDOUS service, HORRIBLE food

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I went here for my friends birthday! It wasn't shocking to me that the food was horrible because I had received nothing but bad reviews prior to eating there. Unfortunatly,somehow we still ending up choosing this place out of all the places to eat in the city. I sent my food back and surely was not paying for it. We had a party of about 10 and about 4 people said they finished their food just because they were hungry.Others complained of it being bland and also cold.ID NEVER GO BACK AGAIN.I wouldnt even have given it the one star required to submit this review.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here for my friends birthday! It wasn't shocking to me that the food was horrible because I had received nothing but bad reviews prior to eating there. Unfortunatly,somehow we still ending up choosing this place out of all the places to eat in the city. I sent my food back and surely was not paying for it. We had a party of about 10 and about 4 people said they finished their food just because they were hungry.Others complained of it being bland and also cold.ID NEVER GO BACK AGAIN.I wouldnt even have given it the one star required to submit this review.

Pros: nice setting

Cons: horribleeeeeeee bland cold food

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This was my first time going after hearing so much about this bar this past Saturday 4/25/09. It was a girlfriends b'day so we ended up here. First of all the resturant is so small and crowded and it was HOT!! when we asked about the a/c we were told it was broken and they proceeded to put on a old fan which kept turning off!! Next we ordered drinks which were watered down!! i throught it was me but yes the drinks were watered down!! The food was ok could not understand a word the waiter was saying!! When the check came I was shocked that we were charged nearly $30.00 for a tip for 4 people!! which they included!! I'm sorry but I will not be going there anytime soon if at all. This resturant may have been good once upon a time but in my opinion it is overrated.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was my first time going after hearing so much about this bar this past Saturday 4/25/09. It was a girlfriends b'day so we ended up here. First of all the resturant is so small and crowded and it was HOT!! when we asked about the a/c we were told it was broken and they proceeded to put on a old fan which kept turning off!! Next we ordered drinks which were watered down!! i throught it was me but yes the drinks were watered down!! The food was ok could not understand a word the waiter was saying!! When the check came I was shocked that we were charged nearly $30.00 for a tip for 4 people!! which they included!! I'm sorry but I will not be going there anytime soon if at all. This resturant may have been good once upon a time but in my opinion it is overrated.

Pros: none

Cons: drinks, service and the check

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Great soul food... period. Collard greens were kinda sweet but I loved them. The menu had variety and generously priced. Service was good, although, I felt like the waiter was rushing us with the check and the place was practically empty. Very quiet and the music was great (jammin to some oldies). Definitely a spot to go to when your hungry (right portions). Kinda small, so try going on an off night.

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★★★★★

Great soul food... period. Collard greens were kinda sweet but I loved them. The menu had variety and generously priced. Service was good, although, I felt like the waiter was rushing us with the check and the place was practically empty. Very quiet and the music was great (jammin to some oldies). Definitely a spot to go to when your hungry (right portions). Kinda small, so try going on an off night.

Pros: Dim lights (atmosphere) cozy,

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I ve been eating so called gourmet soul food since the shark bar started the craze back in the early 90's. It had been a while since i had been in there since i ve been living in south america. I was in the neighborhood a few weeks ago and stopped in. The food was incredible. Wings were off the hook. Collards were hittin and the catfish was perfectly fried and excellent. I was so pleased I have been back twice since.

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★★★★☆

I ve been eating so called gourmet soul food since the shark bar started the craze back in the early 90's. It had been a while since i had been in there since i ve been living in south america. I was in the neighborhood a few weeks ago and stopped in. The food was incredible. Wings were off the hook. Collards were hittin and the catfish was perfectly fried and excellent. I was so pleased I have been back twice since.

Pros: The food was excellent. Priced appropriately

Cons: The service was slow. This is NYC

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Perfect atmosphere when you're in the I just want some kick --- soul food, leave me alone so I can eat type place. Plenty of locals too which tells you that this place is legit, not one of those wannabe type of places that have sprouted-up around the 'hood lately. Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

Perfect atmosphere when you're in the I just want some kick --- soul food, leave me alone so I can eat type place. Plenty of locals too which tells you that this place is legit, not one of those wannabe type of places that have sprouted-up around the 'hood lately. Highly recommended!

Pros: Perfect atmosphere when you're in the I just want some kick --- soul food

Cons: I can'

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I have been coming to this place since "98" and it was ALWAYS the spot. The waiters were always nice, there were always good looking people around and you could be sure to see a star or two. Well boy have times changed and I can guarantee it has something to do with the help. This is my second time back since "02". I came twice with my girlfriends last year and was wondering why it was so empty on a Thursday and Friday night. The food was ok, not what it used to be, but good enough to travel from Jersey. So with that being said, I made reservations for 12 for mom's birthday that was celebrated Sunday, TODAY, 4/20/2008 for 2:00 pm. We would have spent at least $400-$500 easy! So you think the red carpet would have been rolled out for us right? Especially since the place was empty as hell and the fact that they had to board up the other half of the restaurant because of declining business. But no, the hostess was Disgusting!!! She was arrogant and nasty from the time we walked in until the time I blacked out and asked for my check after ordering just drinks. I asked to speak to the manager and guess who it was? Queen B*tch!! I really feel bad for the owner, I wonder if he even has a clue of what is running his establishment.

NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★☆☆☆

I have been coming to this place since "98" and it was ALWAYS the spot. The waiters were always nice, there were always good looking people around and you could be sure to see a star or two. Well boy have times changed and I can guarantee it has something to do with the help. This is my second time back since "02". I came twice with my girlfriends last year and was wondering why it was so empty on a Thursday and Friday night. The food was ok, not what it used to be, but good enough to travel from Jersey. So with that being said, I made reservations for 12 for mom's birthday that was celebrated Sunday, TODAY, 4/20/2008 for 2:00 pm. We would have spent at least $400-$500 easy! So you think the red carpet would have been rolled out for us right? Especially since the place was empty as hell and the fact that they had to board up the other half of the restaurant because of declining business. But no, the hostess was Disgusting!!! She was arrogant and nasty from the time we walked in until the time I blacked out and asked for my check after ordering just drinks. I asked to speak to the manager and guess who it was? Queen B*tch!! I really feel bad for the owner, I wonder if he even has a clue of what is running his establishment.

NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: The waiter was ok... however, not quick enough for a party of 12 with 18% gratuity added to the check

Cons: Dark could barely read the menu, STORE MANAGER

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The Shark Bar is on of fave spots to dine. For years ive celebrated my Birthday here, and the waiters seem to always have something up their sleeve for the Bday person. I loove it.
This venue is cozy, intimate yet socially active. Plus, the food is great! wat more could you ask for. Shark Bar get two thumbs up in my Book : )

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★★★★☆

The Shark Bar is on of fave spots to dine. For years ive celebrated my Birthday here, and the waiters seem to always have something up their sleeve for the Bday person. I loove it.
This venue is cozy, intimate yet socially active. Plus, the food is great! wat more could you ask for. Shark Bar get two thumbs up in my Book : )

Pros: Love the intimate decor

Cons: Kinda small for such high volume

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The place is an institution, songs are written about it, it has been in several books and written up as the place to be seen. I love it. Been coming here for years and just recently had the pleasure of introducing my kids to the wonderful food and atmosphere. I hope the place stays around long enough so they can take their kids.

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★★★★☆

The place is an institution, songs are written about it, it has been in several books and written up as the place to be seen. I love it. Been coming here for years and just recently had the pleasure of introducing my kids to the wonderful food and atmosphere. I hope the place stays around long enough so they can take their kids.

Pros: Great food, great service, great people

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I have been to The Shark Bar Restaurant numerous times over the past six years and I always have a great time. The atmosphere is festive and I always see celebrities from all industries: music, film, sports etc. They are always at the Shark Bar and seem to be very much at home there. I would recommed this place highly specifically for the food, which is oustanding.

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★★★★★

I have been to The Shark Bar Restaurant numerous times over the past six years and I always have a great time. The atmosphere is festive and I always see celebrities from all industries: music, film, sports etc. They are always at the Shark Bar and seem to be very much at home there. I would recommed this place highly specifically for the food, which is oustanding.

Pros: Food is consistently good

Cons: On Weekends the wait may be slightly longer but worth it!

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As i walked in on a Friday evening with three friends the atmosphere was the first thing that impressed us. It was comfortable and had a buzz. People seemed "happy" hanging at the bar and conversing with each other. It was a trendy crowd. We were seated after a half hour wait - we did not have a reservation. The food was excellent! We found out the place has been there for over 16 years! We felt very comfortable and the service was attentive and professional. We will definitely go back

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★★★★☆

As i walked in on a Friday evening with three friends the atmosphere was the first thing that impressed us. It was comfortable and had a buzz. People seemed "happy" hanging at the bar and conversing with each other. It was a trendy crowd. We were seated after a half hour wait - we did not have a reservation. The food was excellent! We found out the place has been there for over 16 years! We felt very comfortable and the service was attentive and professional. We will definitely go back

Pros: Service and Food

Cons: Can be crowded, make reservations

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I should have listened to the other review that said to stay away because of the place has critters. As I eating my entree, out comes two critters crawling up the wall. Maybe the wanted the garbage more than I did. The collard greens were very sugary, the barbeque was old, (probably cooked two weeks before) the portions very small and I was never offered a refill on my 6 oz coke. To top it all off, they have the nerve to add a gratuity to my bill. Please go somewhere else.

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★★☆☆☆

I should have listened to the other review that said to stay away because of the place has critters. As I eating my entree, out comes two critters crawling up the wall. Maybe the wanted the garbage more than I did. The collard greens were very sugary, the barbeque was old, (probably cooked two weeks before) the portions very small and I was never offered a refill on my 6 oz coke. To top it all off, they have the nerve to add a gratuity to my bill. Please go somewhere else.

Pros: fried chicken

Cons: old food, poor service, very sugary collard greens, too expensive

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I have been to many restaurants in NYC and I must say the service here was horrible. Some friends and I decided to do brunch on Sunday and despite the fact that we have been there during regular hours, the service this day was truly unacceptable. After waiting for 30 minutes we asked the hostess, Tanya if she wanted our name to add to the list and she curtly said NO! She had a terrible attitude and behaved as if we were intruders in her home. I thought she had a personal with me so my other friend asked her if brunch was over at 3pm and she responded 3:30 just as rudely. We waited over an hour without as much as a word from this "lady" She should not have this job if this is how she treats people who are spending their hard earned dollars! She should never represent an establishment with this attitude.

NOT TO MENTION SHE WORE SILVER EYE SHADOW.. Hellooooo, this is 2007 right? GET IT TOGETHER!

Long Story short.... we decided to leave. It wasn't the wait it was the lack of service and rudeness while we waited. WE will never go back again.

SHAME ON YOU TANYA!! GET A NEW GIG! You should NEVER work with the public!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to many restaurants in NYC and I must say the service here was horrible. Some friends and I decided to do brunch on Sunday and despite the fact that we have been there during regular hours, the service this day was truly unacceptable. After waiting for 30 minutes we asked the hostess, Tanya if she wanted our name to add to the list and she curtly said NO! She had a terrible attitude and behaved as if we were intruders in her home. I thought she had a personal with me so my other friend asked her if brunch was over at 3pm and she responded 3:30 just as rudely. We waited over an hour without as much as a word from this "lady" She should not have this job if this is how she treats people who are spending their hard earned dollars! She should never represent an establishment with this attitude.

NOT TO MENTION SHE WORE SILVER EYE SHADOW.. Hellooooo, this is 2007 right? GET IT TOGETHER!

Long Story short.... we decided to leave. It wasn't the wait it was the lack of service and rudeness while we waited. WE will never go back again.

SHAME ON YOU TANYA!! GET A NEW GIG! You should NEVER work with the public!

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Never ever ever ever eat here. My friend made reservations for 9 of us to eat here. We were not seated for about 45 minutes and the whole party was there-oh yes they are so uptight that if youre whole party is not present within 15 mins of the reservation,it gets cancelled!. After we were finally seated we all placed our orders and corbread was brought out to us. As soon as I took a bite out of mine a cockaroach came out of the other bowl of cornbread! All the hostess, who also happens ro be a manager, had to say was "We'll reset the table,it'll take 10 mins". There was no sorry no oh my god thats disgusting and its never happened before no type of aplogy. We left and walked to bbqs and had the time of our lives and spent way less money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Never ever ever ever eat here. My friend made reservations for 9 of us to eat here. We were not seated for about 45 minutes and the whole party was there-oh yes they are so uptight that if youre whole party is not present within 15 mins of the reservation,it gets cancelled!. After we were finally seated we all placed our orders and corbread was brought out to us. As soon as I took a bite out of mine a cockaroach came out of the other bowl of cornbread! All the hostess, who also happens ro be a manager, had to say was "We'll reset the table,it'll take 10 mins". There was no sorry no oh my god thats disgusting and its never happened before no type of aplogy. We left and walked to bbqs and had the time of our lives and spent way less money.

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I went to the Shark Bar on a wednesday night. I was initially seated at a table, but then I requested a booth and immediately was reseated. On the night that I visited there were only three other couples. I totally enjoyed it, I found it to be very warm and romantic. the waitress was great and so was the food.

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★★★☆☆

I went to the Shark Bar on a wednesday night. I was initially seated at a table, but then I requested a booth and immediately was reseated. On the night that I visited there were only three other couples. I totally enjoyed it, I found it to be very warm and romantic. the waitress was great and so was the food.

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Looking for a nice place to eat for the evening my friend and I decided to go to the Shark Bar. I had never been but my friend heard they had great food. For starters we were seated at a really cramped table that was so close to the table next to us all I had to do was lean over and I could touch the lady beside me. When I asked to be moved to the empty booth across the way the ultra rude waitress with an attitude that wouldn't quit claimed she was going to go ask her manager could we move but never came back with an answer. When she finally did come back her answer was "no" simply because it was only two of us-but the place was totally EMPTY! Its not like they had a line waiting out the door. Anyway to make matters worse she rushed us to make our food orders and then proceeded to act like we were bothering her anytime we asked for something. The drinks from the bar were poorly made and she kept taking the glasses off the table before we could finish our drinks. When the food arrived I will admit it was good. But going back to the principle of service the waitress never came back to check on us the whole time we were eating. When she finally came over she seemed so disgusted that I just asked for the check and for our food to be boxed up. The ladies next to us complained of her service as well as she had completely forgotten to bring them their after dinner drinks. Upon leaving my friend felt that she didn't deserve a tip but I felt like leaving her dollar was sufficient so I did. But thinking back now in words of one of my very funny co-workers I should have left her 9 cents because she wasn't worth a dime!! Recap: Good Food, Poor Service. I say get it to go.

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★★★☆☆

Looking for a nice place to eat for the evening my friend and I decided to go to the Shark Bar. I had never been but my friend heard they had great food. For starters we were seated at a really cramped table that was so close to the table next to us all I had to do was lean over and I could touch the lady beside me. When I asked to be moved to the empty booth across the way the ultra rude waitress with an attitude that wouldn't quit claimed she was going to go ask her manager could we move but never came back with an answer. When she finally did come back her answer was "no" simply because it was only two of us-but the place was totally EMPTY! Its not like they had a line waiting out the door. Anyway to make matters worse she rushed us to make our food orders and then proceeded to act like we were bothering her anytime we asked for something. The drinks from the bar were poorly made and she kept taking the glasses off the table before we could finish our drinks. When the food arrived I will admit it was good. But going back to the principle of service the waitress never came back to check on us the whole time we were eating. When she finally came over she seemed so disgusted that I just asked for the check and for our food to be boxed up. The ladies next to us complained of her service as well as she had completely forgotten to bring them their after dinner drinks. Upon leaving my friend felt that she didn't deserve a tip but I felt like leaving her dollar was sufficient so I did. But thinking back now in words of one of my very funny co-workers I should have left her 9 cents because she wasn't worth a dime!! Recap: Good Food, Poor Service. I say get it to go.

Pros: Good Food, Decent Atmosphere

Cons: Horrible Service, Poorly made drinks

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A friend and I went there a few days ago, and 1st of all it was 2 minutes after 5 and we walked into the place the manager or whoever came and said in a nasty tone almost pushing us out of the reastaurant "we are not opened yet, we open in 10 minutes" I was so fustrated I was ready to leave and go some place else, but my friend really wanted to try the food, so we waited. The place is nicely decored but space is a little cramped. I tried the soul roll as an appetizer, that was great! I ordered my entree as blackened chicken, mac and cheese and greens. The greens were so bland, rubbery and sweet, as if they put so much sugar in it...the menu says it is seasoned with smoked turkey. The mac and cheese was like it wasnt even baked, it was like from the box, and the blackened chicken...oh goodness so nasty, it was like they dousted it with dark herbs, not the cajun like spices it is supposed to taste like. So I called the waitress over and told her I couldnt even stomach the food, its not to my liking. She then went to the rude lady (that kicked out as we were walking in (lol)) to tell her that i didnt like the food. Dont you know the lady (guess she was manager) had the audasity to come to me and say and I quote verbatim: "You dont like the way the food tastes, can I ask you whats wrong with it, why you dont like it"? told her why I didnt like the mac chicken and greens. Then she said "Well I dont know why you dont like the mac n cheese thats our best selling item" That furiated me so I had to go there: I said well I maybe they havent had anything else so thats all they know, but I've had better at Amy Ruths even Sylvia's." I ordered another soul roll until my friend was done. When we got the bill they slid a 18% gratuity on the bill! I was done with that place, never again will I go there. Very rude service. Till this day my friend and I use that phrase when joking "cause mac n cheese is our best selling item'

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★★☆☆☆

A friend and I went there a few days ago, and 1st of all it was 2 minutes after 5 and we walked into the place the manager or whoever came and said in a nasty tone almost pushing us out of the reastaurant "we are not opened yet, we open in 10 minutes" I was so fustrated I was ready to leave and go some place else, but my friend really wanted to try the food, so we waited. The place is nicely decored but space is a little cramped. I tried the soul roll as an appetizer, that was great! I ordered my entree as blackened chicken, mac and cheese and greens. The greens were so bland, rubbery and sweet, as if they put so much sugar in it...the menu says it is seasoned with smoked turkey. The mac and cheese was like it wasnt even baked, it was like from the box, and the blackened chicken...oh goodness so nasty, it was like they dousted it with dark herbs, not the cajun like spices it is supposed to taste like. So I called the waitress over and told her I couldnt even stomach the food, its not to my liking. She then went to the rude lady (that kicked out as we were walking in (lol)) to tell her that i didnt like the food. Dont you know the lady (guess she was manager) had the audasity to come to me and say and I quote verbatim: "You dont like the way the food tastes, can I ask you whats wrong with it, why you dont like it"? told her why I didnt like the mac chicken and greens. Then she said "Well I dont know why you dont like the mac n cheese thats our best selling item" That furiated me so I had to go there: I said well I maybe they havent had anything else so thats all they know, but I've had better at Amy Ruths even Sylvia's." I ordered another soul roll until my friend was done. When we got the bill they slid a 18% gratuity on the bill! I was done with that place, never again will I go there. Very rude service. Till this day my friend and I use that phrase when joking "cause mac n cheese is our best selling item'

Pros: setting, decor

Cons: everything else

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My wife and I dined here a few nights ago. It was a late dinner (9:30) so we shared an appetizer sampler platter and ordered two sides: mac n cheese and candied yams. We both thought the sides were delicious. The sampler platter was a mixed bag....shrimp was very good, the jerked wings were kinda tasteless. I was shocked to see that when the check came, gratuity was included!! I was more surprised than upset, but my wife really did not feel good about it. I can only assume that all new comers ask the waiter why the tip is included when they get the bill as I did. Is it worth explaining themselves everytime??? I dont get it. However, I am curious to see how good the chicken and ribs combo next time I'm here. I agree with the other reviewer about Mekka!! Loved that place and it is missed!

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★★★★☆

My wife and I dined here a few nights ago. It was a late dinner (9:30) so we shared an appetizer sampler platter and ordered two sides: mac n cheese and candied yams. We both thought the sides were delicious. The sampler platter was a mixed bag....shrimp was very good, the jerked wings were kinda tasteless. I was shocked to see that when the check came, gratuity was included!! I was more surprised than upset, but my wife really did not feel good about it. I can only assume that all new comers ask the waiter why the tip is included when they get the bill as I did. Is it worth explaining themselves everytime??? I dont get it. However, I am curious to see how good the chicken and ribs combo next time I'm here. I agree with the other reviewer about Mekka!! Loved that place and it is missed!

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I don't mind the added gratuity *EXCEPT* that they quietly continue to include *another* blank field for "tip" on the credit slip without mentioning that it's already been added. Shame.

Second: Called ahead for a reservation - nobody answered the phone during open hours after many tries. Since their website's down I began to wonder if they'd closed.

Obviously not. The place was nearly empty, but they chose to seat us at a table with a shelf overhanging the table. We just moved the table away from the wall, but in a full house we would have been stuck. And, every time I've ever come here or Mekka, the service was very slow.

All that aside, I love the food here and miss the old MEKKA on the LES. Best dishes here are the Soul Roll, Shrimp Etoufee, and the best Mac n' Cheese I've ever had in the city.

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★★★★☆

I don't mind the added gratuity *EXCEPT* that they quietly continue to include *another* blank field for "tip" on the credit slip without mentioning that it's already been added. Shame.

Second: Called ahead for a reservation - nobody answered the phone during open hours after many tries. Since their website's down I began to wonder if they'd closed.

Obviously not. The place was nearly empty, but they chose to seat us at a table with a shelf overhanging the table. We just moved the table away from the wall, but in a full house we would have been stuck. And, every time I've ever come here or Mekka, the service was very slow.

All that aside, I love the food here and miss the old MEKKA on the LES. Best dishes here are the Soul Roll, Shrimp Etoufee, and the best Mac n' Cheese I've ever had in the city.

Pros: food , food, food

Cons: Deceptive tip policy, slooooow

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i've read the reviews here and other sites, and they are pretty much true. the 18% gratuity tacked onto the bill automatically almost made me walk out. the food was hot and good, but i have to be honest, your grandmother can probably cook just as well. the restaurant is small and tight. we went on an off night, so we didn't have to wait (it was a sunday and EXTREMELY cold). the catfish strips were delicious, and even though i couldn't finish my food, i did finish that. the bread basket you can send back without touching, and the lemonade was poor. the restaurant is clean, and the service was just so-so. don't go out of your way to eat here. if you happen to be in the area, you're hungry, and here's the key....there's no wait, then eat here.

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★★★☆☆

i've read the reviews here and other sites, and they are pretty much true. the 18% gratuity tacked onto the bill automatically almost made me walk out. the food was hot and good, but i have to be honest, your grandmother can probably cook just as well. the restaurant is small and tight. we went on an off night, so we didn't have to wait (it was a sunday and EXTREMELY cold). the catfish strips were delicious, and even though i couldn't finish my food, i did finish that. the bread basket you can send back without touching, and the lemonade was poor. the restaurant is clean, and the service was just so-so. don't go out of your way to eat here. if you happen to be in the area, you're hungry, and here's the key....there's no wait, then eat here.

Pros: ok food, romantic, close to subway

Cons: slow, mediocre, mandatory 18% grat

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I have been to the Shark Bar about a half dozen times and each experience is different. The service is ok, but I am a waitress and I know I give much better service. The food is good most of the time and you get a good portion for the money. I notice in most of the reviews that everyone keeps talking about the 18% tip and that is a customary percentage. That is not outrageous and if you are going to dine out that is what your supposed to leave and if the service was good then atleast 20%.

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★★★★☆

I have been to the Shark Bar about a half dozen times and each experience is different. The service is ok, but I am a waitress and I know I give much better service. The food is good most of the time and you get a good portion for the money. I notice in most of the reviews that everyone keeps talking about the 18% tip and that is a customary percentage. That is not outrageous and if you are going to dine out that is what your supposed to leave and if the service was good then atleast 20%.

Pros: Atmosphere, Food

Cons: Service (sometimes), The wait

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This past weekend (11/12), my friend and I went here and we thought that they were really trying to change their image based on previous negative reviews. I was quite impressed to see that the service was pretty good. The waitress was attentive and personable (though I had to remind her she didn't tell us the day's special-she may have been new) and made sure we received our food in a timely fashion. I noticed a few people using credit cards and/or debit cards. Our drinks were pretty good. It does appear that the 18% tip is included however. Also, check your receipt just in case of any oversights.

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★★★★☆

This past weekend (11/12), my friend and I went here and we thought that they were really trying to change their image based on previous negative reviews. I was quite impressed to see that the service was pretty good. The waitress was attentive and personable (though I had to remind her she didn't tell us the day's special-she may have been new) and made sure we received our food in a timely fashion. I noticed a few people using credit cards and/or debit cards. Our drinks were pretty good. It does appear that the 18% tip is included however. Also, check your receipt just in case of any oversights.

Pros: Great food, Nice atmosphere, nice people

Cons: Need more elbow room, larger food servings

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The food is great, finger licking good, but the drinks are horrible. Taste like water. Also, they don't except credit cards anymore which is so inconveinent. Other wise the place is okay. Nice place to take a date.

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★★★★☆

The food is great, finger licking good, but the drinks are horrible. Taste like water. Also, they don't except credit cards anymore which is so inconveinent. Other wise the place is okay. Nice place to take a date.

Pros: Delicious Food, Inexpensive, Nice Environment

Cons: Drinks are not good, Don't take credit car

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I took my little sister here for dinner the other night and the waiter informed us, before he even greeted us, that the shark bar only accepted cash. This is the only restaurant in NYC that doesn't accept credit card...even McDonald's take credit. I don't understand how I am suppose to spend over $150 in food and drinks and then be expected to pay cash. On top of their "cash only" policy they automatically include an 18% tip to each bill--regardless of how good/bad the waiter is and the size of your party. The food was questionable and the waiter got loud when question about the 18% tip. I would stay away from the shark bar unless you walk around with a lot of cash that you want to waste on so/so food.

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★★★☆☆

I took my little sister here for dinner the other night and the waiter informed us, before he even greeted us, that the shark bar only accepted cash. This is the only restaurant in NYC that doesn't accept credit card...even McDonald's take credit. I don't understand how I am suppose to spend over $150 in food and drinks and then be expected to pay cash. On top of their "cash only" policy they automatically include an 18% tip to each bill--regardless of how good/bad the waiter is and the size of your party. The food was questionable and the waiter got loud when question about the 18% tip. I would stay away from the shark bar unless you walk around with a lot of cash that you want to waste on so/so food.

Cons: Cash Only Payment

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I have been going to this restaurant for over 10 years and it has had it's up's and down's but it's back to the good old days where the food never disappoints.

PROS:
CONS: The hostess really needs to be trained in customer service. She's rude

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★★★☆☆

I have been going to this restaurant for over 10 years and it has had it's up's and down's but it's back to the good old days where the food never disappoints.

PROS:
CONS: The hostess really needs to be trained in customer service. She's rude

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This place has really become lazy. The waiter stared at me like I could read his mind. I had to guess he wanted to take my order. food- Bland sorry attempt of a soul food meal I asked for my brownie dessert to go, he returned with a very noticeably stale brownie wrapped in saran wrap! My friends and I were totally disgusted when we realized the gratuity is automatically added to every bill so his tip was set. Now we know why there is no need to be personable. We flat out told him he did not deserve such a large tip and asked to speak with his manager. She was just as bad, as soon as we started to explain why we did not agree with the gratuity charge she grabbed the check and walked away in the middle of my friend's sentence. RUDE, RUDE, RUDE!

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★☆☆☆☆

This place has really become lazy. The waiter stared at me like I could read his mind. I had to guess he wanted to take my order. food- Bland sorry attempt of a soul food meal I asked for my brownie dessert to go, he returned with a very noticeably stale brownie wrapped in saran wrap! My friends and I were totally disgusted when we realized the gratuity is automatically added to every bill so his tip was set. Now we know why there is no need to be personable. We flat out told him he did not deserve such a large tip and asked to speak with his manager. She was just as bad, as soon as we started to explain why we did not agree with the gratuity charge she grabbed the check and walked away in the middle of my friend's sentence. RUDE, RUDE, RUDE!

Pros: Romantic, Nice Music

Cons: Horrible Staff, Bland food

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I visited the Shark Bar this past Saturday night (11/6/04) and I will NEVER go back! I have been there previously and was very much looking forward to dinner. Unfortunately, the wait was ridiculous. We waiting for over an hour only to be told that we would have to wait at least another hour! Meanwhile, people arriving after us were being seated. It was insanely crowded and so I was being pushed the entire time. The hostess could not give me a straight forward answer and we ended up just leaving..so much for a "classy" dining experience! PS. As people were walking out they were complaining about the horrible service and the tables were way too close together!

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★☆☆☆☆

I visited the Shark Bar this past Saturday night (11/6/04) and I will NEVER go back! I have been there previously and was very much looking forward to dinner. Unfortunately, the wait was ridiculous. We waiting for over an hour only to be told that we would have to wait at least another hour! Meanwhile, people arriving after us were being seated. It was insanely crowded and so I was being pushed the entire time. The hostess could not give me a straight forward answer and we ended up just leaving..so much for a "classy" dining experience! PS. As people were walking out they were complaining about the horrible service and the tables were way too close together!

Cons: , tables too close

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I've been going to the Shark Bar since my early 20's and now that I'm about to tie the knot-I wanted to go back to the place I spent many nights at the bar, before going to the Lyons' Den Nightclub. I remember when the food was exceptional, the waiters were FINE and it wasn't so cramped. The food is at best a 6 out of 10. I had the Chicken and Rib Combo and I swear the sauce on the ribs was more ketchup than BBQ. My waiter's shirt and pants were wrinkeld-and they closed the roomiest section of the restaurant. The Shark as we used to call it was a See and Be Seen kind of place. Now its a place were unassuming folk go to hang out. Thanks for the memories.

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★★★☆☆

I've been going to the Shark Bar since my early 20's and now that I'm about to tie the knot-I wanted to go back to the place I spent many nights at the bar, before going to the Lyons' Den Nightclub. I remember when the food was exceptional, the waiters were FINE and it wasn't so cramped. The food is at best a 6 out of 10. I had the Chicken and Rib Combo and I swear the sauce on the ribs was more ketchup than BBQ. My waiter's shirt and pants were wrinkeld-and they closed the roomiest section of the restaurant. The Shark as we used to call it was a See and Be Seen kind of place. Now its a place were unassuming folk go to hang out. Thanks for the memories.

Pros: Uptown Sampler, Dimmed Lighting

Cons: , Cramped, Potato Salad

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The Shark Bar was a big disappointment. I have heard good things about this place and I get there its so small. The lights are so dim that you need to hold the candle up to see what you are eating. The waiter was not attentive he gave me the wrong drink twice and the bill for three people who had appertizers, a drink and an entree was $200.00. That was not worth it and I don't think i'll ever do the Shark Bar again.

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★★☆☆☆

The Shark Bar was a big disappointment. I have heard good things about this place and I get there its so small. The lights are so dim that you need to hold the candle up to see what you are eating. The waiter was not attentive he gave me the wrong drink twice and the bill for three people who had appertizers, a drink and an entree was $200.00. That was not worth it and I don't think i'll ever do the Shark Bar again.

Pros: Music, Cozy

Cons: , TOO Expensive, Overcrowded

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I had the Blackend Chicken, Mac & Cheese and Candi Yams with a Lemonade. I ate everything off the plate! The Chicken was 2 nice bonless pieces. Could have had more portion of the sides. Lemonade nothing to talk about. People Sit almost on your lap, they are so close to you. The music did not fit the scene(reggae Dancehall) for the romantic setting they portrait. Very Dim Lighting that you can barely see your food. Last but not least BE AWARE! GRATUITY was added to a PARTY of 2 for 18% and it was stated a party of 4 or More on the menu. The couple next to us was charged the same. I will not be going back here. If this is not enough information for you. See for your self.

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★★★☆☆

I had the Blackend Chicken, Mac & Cheese and Candi Yams with a Lemonade. I ate everything off the plate! The Chicken was 2 nice bonless pieces. Could have had more portion of the sides. Lemonade nothing to talk about. People Sit almost on your lap, they are so close to you. The music did not fit the scene(reggae Dancehall) for the romantic setting they portrait. Very Dim Lighting that you can barely see your food. Last but not least BE AWARE! GRATUITY was added to a PARTY of 2 for 18% and it was stated a party of 4 or More on the menu. The couple next to us was charged the same. I will not be going back here. If this is not enough information for you. See for your self.

Pros: Tasty, Friendly, quick seating

Cons: , Music didn't fit set, food portion

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Any time I have out of town guest I take them to the Shark Bar. Their food is consistently excellent. If you go on the weekend the wait can be long and it gets crowded, but once you are seated it is a comfortable dining experience and well worth the wait. This is my favorite restaurant in NYC.

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★★★★★

Any time I have out of town guest I take them to the Shark Bar. Their food is consistently excellent. If you go on the weekend the wait can be long and it gets crowded, but once you are seated it is a comfortable dining experience and well worth the wait. This is my favorite restaurant in NYC.

Pros: excellent food, menu selection, drink menu

Cons: , crowded

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A friend and I went to Shark Bar on a Wednesday night - and the service was lacking. The hostness was pleasant in sitting us. Our server rushed to tell us the specials (we had JUST sat down) When we were ready to order (she wanted appetizers and main course at the same time), they mistimed the courses. Our main course sat on the table for at least 10 mins before we were ready to touch it.

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★★★☆☆

A friend and I went to Shark Bar on a Wednesday night - and the service was lacking. The hostness was pleasant in sitting us. Our server rushed to tell us the specials (we had JUST sat down) When we were ready to order (she wanted appetizers and main course at the same time), they mistimed the courses. Our main course sat on the table for at least 10 mins before we were ready to touch it.

Pros: Fun drinks, Huge portions

Cons: Service

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Everything you'd expect in a soul-food restaurant. Even the bar is lively with men watching sports-- NBA basketball in our case. There are two dining rooms, one secluded and one not. The main courses offer more food than you can eat unless you're a sumo wrestler. Crabcake appetizer very tasty/spicy. Meatloaf looked like a Fred Flintstone Brontosaurous Steak in size. The side dishes are the most fun-- collared greens, corn-on-the-cob, and (yes!) delicious Mac n Cheese amongst others. Waiter was very friendly and helpful w the menu. Probably best on a weekend, though we were there on a Thurs and the secluded dining room was empty.

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★★★★☆

Everything you'd expect in a soul-food restaurant. Even the bar is lively with men watching sports-- NBA basketball in our case. There are two dining rooms, one secluded and one not. The main courses offer more food than you can eat unless you're a sumo wrestler. Crabcake appetizer very tasty/spicy. Meatloaf looked like a Fred Flintstone Brontosaurous Steak in size. The side dishes are the most fun-- collared greens, corn-on-the-cob, and (yes!) delicious Mac n Cheese amongst others. Waiter was very friendly and helpful w the menu. Probably best on a weekend, though we were there on a Thurs and the secluded dining room was empty.

Pros: plate size, side-dishes, atomosphere

Cons: dining room empty, not for dieters

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Every time I visit New York City, I make it a point to eat here. the food is great and they give you large servings of everything. Be sure not to miss the macaroni & cheese and candy yams which are close to moma's.

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★★★★★

Every time I visit New York City, I make it a point to eat here. the food is great and they give you large servings of everything. Be sure not to miss the macaroni & cheese and candy yams which are close to moma's.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Limited Seating

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I enjoyed the food very much we had big proportions. I recommend everyone to try the vanilla martini. Great ambience! great staff! good prices!. The only thing I recommend is make reservations on a busy night this is a small place.

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★★★★★

I enjoyed the food very much we had big proportions. I recommend everyone to try the vanilla martini. Great ambience! great staff! good prices!. The only thing I recommend is make reservations on a busy night this is a small place.

Pros: ambience

Cons: crowded

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Fo a Sunday night, this restaurant was fairly busy. I'd recommend reservations if dining at a popular hour. Ambience was comfortable and romantic. The service was without any complaints. My waiter was extremely polite, courteous, and timely. The other customers were really great too..friendly atmosphere. The food was great. If you like soul food, this is the place to go! I had the blackened catfish, which wasn't too spicy (surprisingly), and my friend had the jerk snapper, which was, but in a good way! The candied yams were like dessert, which was a good thing because I couldn't eat another bite!!! It was around the corner from the Beacon theatre too.

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★★★★★

Fo a Sunday night, this restaurant was fairly busy. I'd recommend reservations if dining at a popular hour. Ambience was comfortable and romantic. The service was without any complaints. My waiter was extremely polite, courteous, and timely. The other customers were really great too..friendly atmosphere. The food was great. If you like soul food, this is the place to go! I had the blackened catfish, which wasn't too spicy (surprisingly), and my friend had the jerk snapper, which was, but in a good way! The candied yams were like dessert, which was a good thing because I couldn't eat another bite!!! It was around the corner from the Beacon theatre too.

Pros: great service, big portions, good value

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food is pretty decent, service is amiable if a bit scattered, and the vibe is chill. it's a good combination of neighborhood watering hole and semi-swank eatery. beware the fried appetizers (tasteless), but check out the sweet candied yams and mashed potatoes.

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★★★★☆

food is pretty decent, service is amiable if a bit scattered, and the vibe is chill. it's a good combination of neighborhood watering hole and semi-swank eatery. beware the fried appetizers (tasteless), but check out the sweet candied yams and mashed potatoes.

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The Shark Bar, a good place to go if your looking for great southern style cooking.

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★★★★★

The Shark Bar, a good place to go if your looking for great southern style cooking.

Pros: food, service

Cons: wasnt well lit

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Well, i heard about this resatauraunt from friends who have heard about it too, but they never went. so me and my girls all decided to go to see what it was like. The restauraunt is really nice, the atmosphere that is. The food thats a whole new story, i didnt like it, my friends werent too fond of it either. And when we got our bill, we were very disappointed also. 200 dollars for bad food, and this was with 5 people, definitley not worth it!!!
Go to TGIFridays or something...

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★★☆☆☆

Well, i heard about this resatauraunt from friends who have heard about it too, but they never went. so me and my girls all decided to go to see what it was like. The restauraunt is really nice, the atmosphere that is. The food thats a whole new story, i didnt like it, my friends werent too fond of it either. And when we got our bill, we were very disappointed also. 200 dollars for bad food, and this was with 5 people, definitley not worth it!!!
Go to TGIFridays or something...

Pros: Romantic, Good music, Service

Cons: Food, Prices, Did i say Food!

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Great gathering place, drinks weren't the cheapest, but it was great to bring friends. Staff was considerate, and food was interesting. Portions were definately generous, but prices for the sort of food could have been cheaper. Overall: A-

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★★★★★

Great gathering place, drinks weren't the cheapest, but it was great to bring friends. Staff was considerate, and food was interesting. Portions were definately generous, but prices for the sort of food could have been cheaper. Overall: A-

Pros: Ambience, Great to bring friend, Good Food

Cons: Drinks weren't cheap

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The Shark Bar is a nice place to go with your boo. In the back are tables that have curtains you can pull for a little more privacy, the bread is good, the waiters are attentive, and the food is yummy. The only negative thing I have to say is the tables are too close together so you'd hear your neighbor's entire conversation. Other than that...it's all good!

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★★★★★

The Shark Bar is a nice place to go with your boo. In the back are tables that have curtains you can pull for a little more privacy, the bread is good, the waiters are attentive, and the food is yummy. The only negative thing I have to say is the tables are too close together so you'd hear your neighbor's entire conversation. Other than that...it's all good!

Pros: great atmo, private area

Cons: tables close together

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This restaurant had wonderful soul food. The atmosphere is very romantic and the bar is nicely sized. The wait is long but it is worth it. I can't even recommend one type of food ... they are all great. Keep going back to try everything on the menu. Very good looking people and you might be able to catch a celebrity or two sitting in a booth nearby.

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★★★★★

This restaurant had wonderful soul food. The atmosphere is very romantic and the bar is nicely sized. The wait is long but it is worth it. I can't even recommend one type of food ... they are all great. Keep going back to try everything on the menu. Very good looking people and you might be able to catch a celebrity or two sitting in a booth nearby.

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I am a regular member of this establishment. Just about all the staff knows this. I am a good tipper and I do this with them because they are accommodating and innovative with their meals. The staff makes you apart of their ambiuance. The food is really really really good. Do not leave until you have had the mac and cheese and strings beans as the side orders. The app's are delicious also. My standard meal there is app's: catfish strips, wings. Entree: fried catfish or the seafood combo or the specials. Ask the bartender they will give you in detail about the specials. It's a must go. I don't care what color you are. Don't be afraid because most of the people in there are Afro-American. Please come one come all. The atmosphere is so relaxing and down to earth. Please go!

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★★★★★

I am a regular member of this establishment. Just about all the staff knows this. I am a good tipper and I do this with them because they are accommodating and innovative with their meals. The staff makes you apart of their ambiuance. The food is really really really good. Do not leave until you have had the mac and cheese and strings beans as the side orders. The app's are delicious also. My standard meal there is app's: catfish strips, wings. Entree: fried catfish or the seafood combo or the specials. Ask the bartender they will give you in detail about the specials. It's a must go. I don't care what color you are. Don't be afraid because most of the people in there are Afro-American. Please come one come all. The atmosphere is so relaxing and down to earth. Please go!

Pros: bartenter, waiters and waitress, everything

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The space is casual-chic; the atmosphere is fun and noisy. Call it Southern, call it soul. This popular bar-restaurant, where celebrities mingle with locals, has diners digging into generous portions of good fried chicken, meatloaf, grits,…

 

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