During my year living in the "far" West Village, I never managed to get to Automatic Slims, but I've heard it's a great neighborhood bar, so when Hagan of 93 Plates, invited me out for dinner there, I was game to give it a try...
Now as Blondie can attest, I'm not much of a drinker--I could nurse a margarita all night long, but lately I've been lately I've been laying off the sauce entirely because...I've got a little Brownie in the oven. Yup, Lawman and I having a baby. So, unfortunately this review won't be the most complete bar review, but Hagan did enjoy the scotch he had and as a regular Slims patron can vouch for a solid late night scene.
On to what I did have...
The Sesame Chicken Skewers were pretty salty and kind of dry. Definitely skippable.
The sauce on the Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken was similarly salty, but the chicken itself was tender. The sauteed spinach that came with it was surprisingly good--you don't usually expect bars to prepare nicely sauteed veggies.
The BBQ shrimp with asparagus was my favorite part of the meal. The asparagus were grilled to perfection. The barbecue sauce was fresh and tangy--sweet but not too sweet. I would order this again.
Overall, Automatic Slims has a nice vibe. We were there at around 6:30pm on a Saturday night. The place was fairly empty, but by the time we finished dinner it was starting to fill with patrons.