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Posted on | February 2, 2010 | 4 Comments

I recently went to Desnuda (122 East 7th Street btwn A & 1st Avenue) yesterday with a bunch of friends.  We had seen the gigantic $1 Oysters sign outside so were very excited (obviously). The place is pretty nice, it used to be the old Bourgeois Pig & you can tell that they put a lot of work into the renovation.  A long wooden bar with plenty of seats & the delicious aroma of truffles & popcorn in the air (we were initially bewildered by this).  We took up seats at the end of the bar & prepared for some serious bivalve decimation.  We received complimentary truffle butter popcorn, which was totally amazing & totally explained what we had been smelling since our entrance.

Once we got the menu, we saw that Blue Points were $1, then there were 2 other varieties that were $2 & $3 respectively.  BUT at the top of the menu, in larger than life text was $1 OYSTERS on Sundays & Mondays, so we assumed that they were all $1 (since it was a Monday, you can probably see where this is going).  They have a pretty awesome bottled beer selection, so this added even more to our excitement. I ended up with the Tona Lager from Nicaragua which was excellent.  The Royal Extra Stout was popular with the rest of the group.

We ended up ordering 20 of each with various sauces & having a few beers, really good oysters & a great time.  BUT when the bill came, we were charged $120 for the oysters in stead of $60.  The guy that was shucking our oysters (he seems to be the head honcho there) was totally aware of the fact that we thought all 3 varieties were $1 a piece & was extremely rude when we questioned the bill.

We ended up licking our wounds & leaving a modest tip.  To make things worse, the same guy ran down the street after us & claimed that we had shortchanged him! WTF! Is this just a case of the old ‘bait & switch’?  Has anyone else had that problem?  The menu is very obviously confusing & the dude’s attitude totally sucked.  Which is kinda sad because we had a great time up till then.  Obviously, none of us will be going back there again.
Desnuda on Urbanspoon
Desnuda in New York


4 Responses to “Desnuda”

  1. Cajun Chef Ryan
    February 9th, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    Sounds like the place needs to fully explain the specials up front. Not going to win any repeat biz with this kind of treatment. Pissed off customers + word of mouth = loss of business.


  2. EV Eats
    February 10th, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Yeah, it’s a real, real shame. I live a block or two away & this totally would have been my go-to spot for oysters… Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to keep searching!

  3. meghito
    October 29th, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

    we went there when it first opened, around this time last year or year before? it was yummy, but they totally tried to pull a fast one on wine – tried to charge a bottle after we had a bottle and a by-the-glass wine – somehow the bill was magically plus $200.00 – and i had to discuss it with the manager for it to be removed….and he made a stink …and he also bitched about porchetta all night…it was strange.

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    July 26th, 2011 @ 5:52 am

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