Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dinner with my cousins—Plum Restaurant

http://www.plumbaysideny.com/

Where are we going? This started quite a few days ago with a very involved discussion of where do we have a little cousins reunion. One cousin then another and another and yet another got to play the planner. Fiasco came on. To the end, reservation for 10 @ 9 pm in a Bayside, Queens, NY restaurant—Plum. I clearly remembered 1989 when I lived under one roof with my darling cousins on 179th St. and 90th Av. in Queens. This was a weekly event. Event it always was since there were always so many elements in play for anything to happen. Fast forward 21 yrs nothing much has changed. We just have more elements in play and bigger fiascos.

Plum Restaurant is tucked away at the end of Bell Av in Bayside busy strip of happening restaurants and bars. A little place with DJ blasting music, cool drapes, nice LED lighting, several banquette, sofa and regular table seating. Atmosphere is very loungy, hip and cool. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Food fell flat. We ordered a bunch of appetizers and entrees to share. I tasted most of them. Some items came out cold, heavily salted, high fishy smells and just blah. Nothing very special or even current. This food seems like it came out of a 1970s probably Queens restaurant, maybe when John Gotti walked around Bayside. The food definitely does not match the ambience. Although it was Friday night the place was about 50% occupied to 10 pm and started to thin out fast. There were a couple people at the bar and by the time we were ready to go about 12 am the place was a ghost town. Nice ambience, bad food, great company. Good luck.