Reasons why New York Sucks - Page 324
For us, the real, genuine hospitality we enjoyed was the most important point. We've eaten at all of the restaurants of the same caliber here (and spend serious money, not just on food), but none of them made us feel as welcome and valued as EMP (without being with a "VIP"), a relationship I continue to enjoy to this day. I remember our captains' names and am on first name basis with front of the house, but I'm not a "baller" (although my birthday dinner was). Le Bernardin came the closest of the others to actually caring (or appearing) to care, but Daniel and Per Se may as well have told us to fuck off once the check was collected.
Edited by GothamRed - 11/26/13 at 4:10pm
The carrots did annoy me, I must say. One dish I do remember, but not for a good reason. I know some people who really loved that dish, but I just didn't get it.
I'm thinking our poor service was a fluke. Gome's Danny Meyer point is a good one. In hindsight, I'm sure if we'd mentioned it, they'd have fallen all over themselves trying to make it right. Maybe we really did catch them on an off night, as inexcusable as that is at a restaurant of that caliber.
Interesting that I found BH in the city to be quite forgettable - bordering on the bland with Barber's "light" approach to seasoning there.
Whereas BHSB is memorable in every possible way from the wonderful setting to the much more affirmed flavors. Best way to enjoy it IMO is lunch because that room is beautiful in daylight. Anything there using Berkshire pig is an absolute win.
Would love to check out Bras one day as it sounds like Manresa but, you know, French. Manresa may be a touch too precious but it didn't bother me.
Also, as far as wine goes I almost always do the pairing. At Manresa I didn't want the full pairing so I asked the waiter to pick about three glasses for me to bridge the courses. He ended up bringing me champagne, gevurtz, fume blanc (I think), and then a half glass of cab franc and a half glass of something else. I think he threw in Madeira or port gratis with dessert. Absolutely nailed the pairings on the fly and it maybe cost me $50 total. Pairing at EMP was creative and really well done. Especially loved how they transitioned from champagne to a black velvet.
My wife pointed out that we spent more time subway surfing than we do in SF so we were more exposed to it in NYC. Either way we don't have anywhere close to the professional beggars/annoyers in SF that take over a pub trans car and hold you captive for one or more stops. Also subway stations are frequently panhandler heavy. I don't know of this was just more noticeable to me in light of the recent discussion here or what but it was hard not to notice. My wife pointed out that I never really did a public transit commute in SF nor have I been a tourist in SF so I don't have as close a reference point.