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post #31831 of 47031
I'd work 100 hour weeks. I'm glad you don't though, you know, me being a NY state taxpayer and everything.
post #31832 of 47031
Just got my Filson canvas briefcase in the mail. It's as handsome as the pics and feels indestructible. Well worth the money. I might go back and order a duffle bag for travel.
post #31833 of 47031
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

Just got my Filson canvas briefcase in the mail. It's as handsome as the pics and feels indestructible. Well worth the money. I might go back and order a duffle bag for travel.

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Someone's been on a spending kick lately!

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post #31834 of 47031
Well I hit a quarter of my annual income goal in the last 45 days, so I decided it was time to upgrade a few things
post #31835 of 47031
Filson is great, I love my Filson 257. Definitely one of those things that wears *in* rather than *out*--only gets better with age.
post #31836 of 47031
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So easy to be snarky here but I'll refrain and just say this comment is without merit based on my personal experience.

 

Worth it is the key statement. I'm not saying that the food isn't superior but the usually small portions and price make it not worth it.

 

I'm also a Sicilian blooded pleb at heart too. Sit me down at the nearest pizza place with a dining room with a bottle of wine and sausage rigatoni and I'll be happy.

post #31837 of 47031
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Worth it is the key statement. I'm not saying that the food isn't superior but the usually small portions and price make it not worth it.

I find it hard to tie the portion size to "worth it." I mean, if that's your main concern, the $9.99 all-you-can-eat is "worth it."

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I'm also a Sicilian blooded pleb at heart too. Sit me down at the nearest pizza place with a dining room with a bottle of wine and sausage rigatoni and I'll be happy.

I really do not compare the local Italian joint with a place like the restaurants we're talking about here. It's like the difference between talking about your yard work clothes and the new suit you just had made for yourself. They're both "clothes" but really not comparable.
post #31838 of 47031
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I find it hard to tie the portion size to "worth it." I mean, if that's your main concern, the $9.99 all-you-can-eat is "worth it."

Ninja:
I really do not compare the local Italian joint with a place like the restaurants we're talking about here. It's like the difference between talking about your yard work clothes and the new suit you just had made for yourself. They're both "clothes" but really not comparable.

 

Obviously there is an intersection of portion size, price and quality that is perfect for everyone. It's all dinner my friend.

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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

Obviously there is an intersection of portion size, price and quality that is perfect for everyone. It's all dinner my friend.

Well, it's all feces waiting to happen too...

Each to his own but I just do not find any formulation you've tossed out yet to hold merit. I think the "a place is usually way less self-conscious and more comfortable" is more a you thing than any individual restaurant thing. That's fine but I just disagree with it. I've been in plenty of places in the range you're talking where staff were super self-conscious...and usually screwing everything up. Some of the best, most casually elegant service I've ever encountered, were in expensive places and I do not think this was by chance.
post #31840 of 47031

I probably haven't been to enough. Growing up in the burbs is bad for the palette.

post #31841 of 47031
I much prefer places with superbly executed $15-25 appetizers and snacks than places with $250 tasting menus. Lately, my "special occasion" dinners have been reflected this.
Edited by gomestar - 5/16/13 at 2:02pm
post #31842 of 47031

Just bought a Glaser Designs 5" Deal Bag in Chestnut, has made me very happy.  

 

I took a long time in deciding on a new briefcase, this is my first *really* nice one, will probably be the last one I ever purchase.

post #31843 of 47031
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I much prefer places with superbly executed $15-25 appetizers and snacks than places with $250 tasting menus. Lately, my "special occasion" dinner have reflected this.

Agreed.
post #31844 of 47031
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I much prefer places with superbly executed $15-25 appetizers and snacks than places with $250 tasting menus. Lately, my "special occasion" dinner have reflected this.

I was just talking to my wife about this. I'm kinda over big, technically-perfect tasting menus. It just all starts to blend together. I appreciate them, I am glad I've done the ones I have, but I don't really feel the need to do a bunch more.

Now, I do not like small plates, so I'll disagree there. But I'm getting to the place where I'd much rather have 2-3 well-executed courses at a neighborhood type place than a dazzle of 15 plates of technical perfection.

Related, the wife and I went to Battersby and had the full tasting menu this week and were not impressed. The food was great, but it was trying to be something that it was not, and honestly, I don't think I'd go back--especially given how difficult it is to get in there and how the service just doesn't seem to give a shit.
post #31845 of 47031
I don't really like small plates either. Last time I did one of the small-plates adventures was nearly a year ago at Brooklyn Fare. If a plate hits it out of the park, you only have a bite to enjoy and that's it, and in the meantime you get to fill up on plates that don't always hit the mark.



my one big "exception" to fancy is probably the lunch menu at Jean Georges.
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