A couple of months ago, a new breed of milkshakes exploded across the internet. Monsters covered in heaps of candy. Layers of candy and frosting upon chocolate and whipped cream waiting to become slurped through a straw.
They were crazy, they were impractical, and they seemed made for Instagram. Surely no person could eat among these in a sitting? Well, that didn’t stop people from waiting for hours simply to have a taste.
I needed to try them.
So when my marijuana Cailin arrived to visit New York for a few days, this is our very first order of business: try those epic milkshakes for me personally!
Waiting in Line for In
Black Tap was a simple burger, beer, and bar in SoHo. They then started doing these crazy milkshakes and their fame exploded — profiles abounded on sites like Eater and Maxim, and Black Tap’s Instagram skyrocketed in followers.
As a result, there’s an intense line every day snaking around the block.
There are two Black Tap locations in Manhattan: the first in SoHo and one at the Meatpacking District. We originally intended to go to the Meatpacking District place, then realized SoHo opened not 30 minutes later than them , then decided to chance it and stroll down to SoHo, a mile and a half off.
We arrived at the SoHo location five minutes before opening and were ferried into the rear of the line. It looked like we’d make the seats.
As Cailin and I waited, we noticed the hostess taking calls:”Sir, I can’t tell you how long the wait will be. Sir, the wait could be as long as half an hour ”
SIX HOURS! I think we blanched if we heard that. At least we had been advised that it would be about one hour.
After reading funny graffiti on the wall (“WAITING THREE HOURS””WAITING FOUR HOURS””WAITING ONE YEAR!!!”) , we made it inside. The wait had taken 90 minutes after showing up at 11:25 AM.
I was shocked a place Black Faucet is — it chairs with space for a couple of, around 14 people.
But what shocked me was slow and terrible the service was. We had been still sitting for 15 minutes before our bartender even acknowledged us. And he had been standing directly in front of us and did not seem too busy. I felt when I finally asked for a glass of water, like I was intruding.
Maybe someone called out and the restaurant has been having a rough day, but they are squandering an number of revenue, when this is their ceremony is.
The burgers were great.
So Just How Were the Milkshakes?
They were yummy.
I believe chocolate and peanut butter is one of earth, and this shake was a melding of sweet and sour. If there were more peanut butter cups! Can you imagine a rim of peanut butter cups instead of M&Ms?
And it was nice, initially…but as we left the pub, I was struck with the ugly aftermath.