I recently visited NYC to celebrate a birthday with my friend. She planned the entire weekend that included dinner at Honeybee’s in the East Village. It had opened somewhat recently. Upon arriving, I realized it was the same space Cinfuegos used to occupy. Imagine my surprise that one of my favorite places that always needed a reservation was suddenly gone.
While walking up the steep stairwell to the restaurant, the name Cinfuegos is still written on the wall, but that is where the similarities end. Honeybee’s intends to remind visitors of the old west, ironically in NYC. It is dark with red lights, fringe, and lots of wood.
The menu is tapas style and we ordered Queso Chorizo Dip, Morel Mushroom Burnt Ends, Mac and Cheese, and Buttermilk Biscuits to share. Burnt Ends are what everyone recommends when visiting Honeybee’s. They were delicious. The rest of the food was good, but cold. I’m not sure if that was on purpose. Even the queso was cold.
Even the drinks are elaborate and we had great fun watching one made tableside by smoking the glass first.
Honeybee’s gets two out of five vegan cupcakes. It’s too dark, which always makes me nervous, and the food is cold when it should have been hot. The staff was great and even told me which bathroom was preferred. A preferred bathroom also makes me nervous. What is wrong with the others?