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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

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 #31847 of 41807
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.
post #31848 of 41807
I feel like there is a flurry of nyc joints that are trying way too hard. By that I mean mediocre places charge outrageous prices.
post #31849 of 41807
I just wrote up my thoughts on Battersby in the What did you have for dinner thread. The more I think about it, the more disappointed I am, despite any of the individual dishes being excellent.
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I think the tasting menu thing is being over done by places that lack the capacity to pull it off, are charging too much for their efforts, and that is sort of taking the shine off the whole thing. I would agree that I would rather have four courses, where each course makes sense (for lack of a better term), than 15 nibbles of mediocrity.
post #31851 of 41807
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I think the tasting menu thing is being over done by places that lack the capacity to pull it off, are charging too much for their efforts, and that is sort of taking the shine off the whole thing. I would agree that I would rather have four courses, where each course makes sense (for lack of a better term), than 15 nibbles of mediocrity.

I heard that was your nickname growing up!
post #31852 of 41807
Going to Chicago with the gf next weekend just to sight see and eat/drink.

Any recommendations of must see stores/shops and good drinking spots (good cocktails in particular)?
post #31853 of 41807
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good drinking spots (good cocktails in particular)?

The Aviary, Violet Hour, and Barrelhouse Flat. I've heard the Whistler is good, too. Be prepared for a wait in the evenings, especially with the warm weather.

post #31854 of 41807
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I think the tasting menu thing is being over done by places that lack the capacity to pull it off, are charging too much for their efforts, and that is sort of taking the shine off the whole thing. I would agree that I would rather have four courses, where each course makes sense (for lack of a better term), than 15 nibbles of mediocrity.

I agree. Battersby was weird because the individual dishes were each fantastic and were on that level, but the whole thing put together was just a mess.

I'm even becoming less inclined to the three-Michelin-star tasting menus. It just all sort of blends together in a blur at this point. We went to EMP a few months ago and I don't know that I can recall more than one or two of the dishes we had. I certainly appreciate what they are doing, and will still probably go to one or two meals like that a year, but I think my days of plotting those meals months out are over.

I certainly think everyone should try that kind of thing once--my first meal at Le Bernardin really redefined for me what food, especially seafood, could be. But now that I've kinda set that upper bound, I don't really feel the need to spend a lot of time there anymore.
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Just got a hard date for putting the mooring ball down which means the ol' boat can be launched anytime after. Summer!

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Emart, I'm not sure if you're talking about sex or sailing. Either way, 'grats?

 

Think I'm almost over the flu!

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No, it's not any extra time within a pay period. I'm still working 75 hours each bi-weekly pay period, but because I am taking a full day (7.5 hrs.) off, I need to cram that time into the days on which I'm in the office. Usual hours are 9:00-5:30.
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That's a lot! My last job was 70, now that was a breeze.

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For the first time in my life, I find myself kind of wishing I lived in NY.
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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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Awesome! I love mine.
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it has been something of a trial.
Wee see what you did there. smile.gif

 

biggrin.gif I did really good in my trials, too. Almost a little sad that I won't ever litigate.

 

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Terrific!!! I remember when you were deciding whether or not to go. Well done. cheers.gif

 

Thanks. You know, people are very quick to make light of and criticize internet socialization in forums, etc., but some of those discussions were really very helpful to me.

 

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

You forgot to tell us how much debt you have to pay off.

 

Well, I left undergrad with $60k+, which is pretty ludicrous. I think I got shafted there. I paid that down to a little under 40k (I knocked off the high-interest private loans). Because I worked the entire time at law school and got a very decent merit scholarship, law school cost me about $8k in loans. So, 48k is the answer, but not much of that is law.

 

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post #31859 of 41807
I went back and read parts of a book I'm working on that I haven't read for quite a while. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of what I wrote. (My opinion of my own writing always gets worse the longer it's been since I've read it. I am not sure why that is.)
post #31860 of 41807
Came across an amazing fitspo Tumblr to motivate me for the summer.
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