17 January 2012
a brunch at Apt 138
Apt 138 engaged us with their $4 bloody Mary special. A bit crowded, we waited ten minutes or so for a few seats at the long wooden plank bar. The lighting is low, coupled with exposed brick and toile wall-papered walls and Edison bulbs- the crowd was dominantly hipster-types.
The bar keep appeared quite uninterested in anyone who was camping out for a drink before the table, or seeking a seat at the bar. The secret words to better service? "We'll be eating at the bar." That detail aside, she was extraordinarily passionate about the menu and specials.
For our entrees, we selected the Eggs Benny Bowl and the Steak and Eggs (chimmiccuri being the selected accent for the day). Our dishes were clearly thoughtfully prepared, however, I prefer my Benedict in non-bowl form. The presentation and process of enjoying the dish are more pleasant. The steak was lean and surprisingly tender for a flank cut.
The reviews online are mixed and not exactly positive. I feel Apt 138 deserves a better assessment: the dishes are good, the space is cozy and they certainly have a regular set of patrons.