675 Bar is adding a few items to the menu tonight — fried oysters, meatballs, shrimp and potato pierogis, and ice-cream sandwiches. No, this isn’t really newsworthy, but it’s a good excuse to finally take a look at two old menu items that we’ve been curious about ever since the place opened — the “prosciutto-wrapped hot pockets” and the chocolate-covered bacon on a stick. As it turns out, the hot pockets are a far cry from Jim Gaffigan’s Hot Pockets. They’re just lightly fried dough filled with melted Stracchino Crescenza. We don’t know whether to be disappointed or relieved. Either way, it bears noting that 675 Bar isn’t as much of a douchetination as you might assume — during a recent spot check, it was blessedly low-key for a meatpacking Thursday, despite the Skynyrd-happy D.J.’s efforts. The foosball room was empty, the TV was playing the National Geographic channel, and the bartender gave us a free first drink and a “sorry, honey” when we had to wait for her to mix cocktails. Steve Hanson really is embracing the customer!
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