125 E 17th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.735926 -73.987047
Monday To Friday From 05:00 PM To 02:00 AM Friday To Sunday From 12:00 PM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Gramercy Park, Midtown
Overpriced for the Quality – I went there with my father and brother - we are all from Spain - the food was good however the place is really tiny and the cost was downright obscene. They serve wine in little caraffes which are $32 and only hold about 1.5 glasses of wine, so it is essentially $21 PER GLASS of wine. The place is very tiny as well.
Don't go to this place – I think this joint suffers from the NY attitude that if it's tough to get in and get a seat, it must be good. I went here with my boyfriend who is from Spain and disappointed doesn't really describe how we felt about the food. The wine was good, but overpriced. In his words "a bar serving food like this in Spain would have to be closed down."
Food is great. – I've been here a number of times and the food is always exceptional. The place is tiny and always packed, and you have to fight for a seat.
RUDE STAFF and OVERPRICED – Rude wait staff. Had to ask three different times for a baguette to eat with the meal, which was overpriced. Had to go home and eat a full meal.
Relaxing, Refined Nook in Union Square – Not crowded, not hurried, truly the wine bar that everyone wants to come to, but can't fit in. Very small, 15 stools max. Was not blow away by the wine list, but it was enough to tide my date and myself over with some snacks. If she was a bit more sophisticated, she wouldn't have been impressed with the list, but rather with the clientele and atmosphere. One of the few relaxed places in Union Square. don't go if you are looking to impress on any factor outside of the fact you can have a conversation over wine.
Absolutely Rude and Unprofessional Staff – Please for your own sake, don't go to this place, the staff members are unwelcoming and don't enjoy their jobs. After a group of my friends and I had one bottle of wine the staff asked us to leave, claiming we were "intoxicated." A strange claim considering it was our first bottle of wine and we had each had maybe one glass. We think the real reason we were asked to leave was because the busboy did not like the fact that we moved one chair over so all of our friends could sit down. Instead of explaining this to us he went straight to the bartender who then asked us to leave because we moved a chair! I've lived in NYC my entire life and have never encountered such an unprofessional and ungrateful business. Don't give them your money because they don't care about you or your comfort.
Nonplused – This is something to consider for anyone planning a trip to Bar Jamon. Upon arriving there recently, I found all the seats taken, which I expected, but there was a place to stand at the bar. The bartender informed me the place was full, and the wait was 30 minutes. I was about to order a drink while I waited, but he leaned over the counter and repeated that the place "IS FULL." In other words, get lost for a half-hour in the 25-degree weather. I'm confused, if a place doesn't take reservations, cutomers get to wait inside for a table, right? Standing outside, my wife and I saw others get shown the door in the same way. And that's too bad for Bar Jamon, because who'd want to return for that kind of treatment with so many other good restaurants in this city?
Molto Mario detours into Spain, with inspired tapas and a buzzing scene. – The Scene
Mario Batali, partner Joe Bastianich and chef Andy Nusser shift gears with Bar Jamon, their first foray into the snacky foods of Spain. The teensy rustic-chic room--attached to sister restaurant Casa Mono--dispenses with table service entirely. Instead, Gen-X diners grab their glasses from wood cabinets, angle for stools at two communal wood tables and shout out orders. Thanks to fast-moving bartenders, wine flows and everyone's fed fast.
This Iberian "ham bar" offers just two: tender 14-month Navidul, and drier, intensely flavored 18-month Redondo sliced from the hind. Try both, as, like all the nibbly menu items scrawled on the bar mirror, they're inexpensive, generously portioned and accompanied with plenty of chewy, charred bread. Innovative compositions, like grilled sardines marinated "en escabeche" with red onion, and bacalao cod, bright with sweet clementines, tiny olives and sharp olive oil, arrive from Casa Mono's neighboring kitchen.
I am Barring Jamon – I enjoy Tapas very much. I have 2 large problems with the place. First, none of the dishes I had were anything more than average at best, including the Serrano Ham, and some were below average. Secondly, and most obnoxiously, when I asked the bartender to recommend a glass of wine, he offered up what turned out to be $18 glasses!!! Multiplied by 5, you get the picture. That is a no-no in my book.
Who pays for olives??? – Ever just want a few olives to enjoy your wine? If so, then this is not your place. Olives are extra. And each glass is poured at about 1/4 mark (easier to swirl?) so please sip.
Nice looking space, but completely inefficient, especially in the winter when coats add a new dimmension of excitement to the vault-over-your-neighbor required to exit.
Decent wines, just not well-conceived or valued.
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