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.
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.
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.
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.
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.