But that's really the point I was trying to make. My own idiosyncratic misgivings aside, if you have to take a cab ride (or a long subway ride) to a "replacement" meal, it's no longer a "replacement" meal.
But you also said the food really wasn't that good - I mean, not even up to Parkside standards.
Sneak & you clearly have higher standards vis a vis Italian food. And probably several others as well. However, I didn't take his review to say that the food "wasn't really that good" but more that the skill didn't approach that of high end places. Parkside is better than Manducatis and so are several other places. But their food is above the crap that I've been getting at a # of trendy places with great reviews charging much more for much less.