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post #166 of 226
Who would possibly want to eat there more than once now? Seems like they're going to lose every single regular customer, who are probably the same customers who can afford the $1000 bottles of wine.
post #167 of 226
are they joking about the card tricks?
post #168 of 226
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Originally Posted by alexg View Post

Who would possibly want to eat there more than once now? Seems like they're going to lose every single regular customer, who are probably the same customers who can afford the $1000 bottles of wine.
I agree. They seem on making it an "event" type dining experience, which seems stupid to me. It's more and more about the show and less about the food and I think that concept has limited appeal.
post #169 of 226
They seem to be turning into Alinea - a destination for foodies and bloggers, intent on providing a show and entertainment through unusual food and quirky service. A restaurant for food tourists, not for newyorkers.

I'm actually starting to miss the pre-Humm days now. Was just a nice restaurant with the best chocolate souffle in town. Definitely a place where you wanted to back often.
post #170 of 226
alinea did not do card tricks ...
post #171 of 226
You know what I mean... theatrics. Balloons and table jackson-pollocking
post #172 of 226
It's only a matter of time before EMP has a fireworks show or gladiator fights between courses.
post #173 of 226
it wasn't really that theatrical, really. It was a bit gimmicky, which may sound like a phony distinction but I think there is something in it.
post #174 of 226
Have you guys been to NoMad yet? It is Humm's new place more "casual" a few blocks away. I like it a lot. You can get the chicken for two, the Milk and Honey dessert and Chocolate & Peanut butter dessert. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #175 of 226
Haven't tried the chicken, or dessert. It's decent though. For the money, I'd rather just eat lunch at EMP or another 3 star instead. I've been meaning to go to the library room bar for a while though. The drink list is very promising, as is the menu for snacks and stuff. They should open a bar, or their head bartender should leave and open his own bar. The drinks have been much more consistent than the food recently.
post #176 of 226
I ate at Tru (Chicago) recently and thought they went way overboard with the gimmicks - salmon served on river rocks in a simulated river, food on a clothesline on a bed of grass, food served on a log, etc. I love a good food presentation, but what Tru does gets in the way of the food, IMO. I hope this isn't what EMP has in mind.
post #177 of 226
I tire of these shenanigans. What happened to excellently prepared and great tasting dishes and thoughtfully constructed meals? I guess that doesn't bring in the masses...
post #178 of 226
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food on a clothesline on a bed of grass

What in the fuck...
post #179 of 226
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What in the fuck...
I can't remember what they called the dish, but it was certainly a shocker when they brought it to the table. Nicely done, but it was all presentation.
post #180 of 226
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Originally Posted by alexg View Post

Who would possibly want to eat there more than once now? Seems like they're going to lose every single regular customer, who are probably the same customers who can afford the $1000 bottles of wine.

I spoke to a few people who are purposefully going to EMP this week before they implement the magic show. It does seem like NoMad will be a net to catch some of the regulars who still like Humm's food, but just aren't interested in theatrics.
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