Promenade des Anglais
Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:12 PM
Ah, ok. I pictured b/w 6 and 7th even though I knew in my head Aldea is b/w 5 and 6.
True dat, but this is still not in Chelsea as it's east of 6th Avenue.
Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:00 AM
The desserts were really tempting. In the end, I went with the chocolate mousse, which is rich enough and large enough to share. It's served in a large glass with a layer of toasted marshmallow on top and a small piece of caramel in the center. There are crispy nuggets in the mousse (of what I'm not sure), and at the very bottom of the jar is another layer of marshmallow. The mousse itself was not super dark but not too sweet either, and it was both rich and light.
I got there just after it opened, and when I left at 6:45 it was almost totally filled (tables and bar) and quite loud. One odd service note: the place was practically empty when I arrived, yet they tried to sit me at a table right next to the bar and a heavily trafficked aisle. I lobbied for another table and was eventually seated in a booth by the wine cellar. When I left the original table was still open, and I'm glad I said something because it would have been unbearable to have had the loud party at that spot at the bar be practically right on top of me.
NYC Neighborhood Tours
Posted 31 January 2012 - 12:04 AM
We arrived at 2:30 to find a sparsely populated dining room, this despite the fact that they are participating in Restaurant Week. Alain told us that while lunch is slow, dinner and brunch are doing extremely well. As you may have heard, he's opening a restaurant in the new Revel Hotel in Atlantic City in April.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:14 AM
A party of three of us [Entire party--we were not waiting for anyone.] arrived a couple of minutes (literally) early for our 8PM reservation. There were 2 at the lectern, and they decided that we must wait at the bar. We could see from the entrance that it was not busy at all but, who knows, and it's sometimes hard to take all in, maybe it was really packed around the corner and off we went to the empty bar at which we briefly lingered, during which time it became obvious that the place was 1/4 full, if that.
The bartender was in no hurry to serve us, despite only one couple sitting there.
I returned to the m'ds and asked for us to be seated as the restaurant wasn't busy at all and I could see at least 6 four-tops available. The male m'd turned to me and said something like, "The world doesn't revolve around you when you arrive, and I'm busy on another task". I could not believe it. A female junior was next to him and just looked on. I returned to see G waiving down a waiter and asking for us to be seated. He showed us to a table in the middle and we wondered if we could have one of the booths. No, came back the reply. I asked if Allegretti was in the house. No, he wasn't.
I'd had it by then, and we decided to leave. By this time, a manager was at the lectern along with the 2 previous staff. I explained to the manager what had transpired whilst the other 2 staff looked on. The male m'd said, looking at his so-important computer screen: You arrived at 7.59 and you were early and your table wasn't ready yet. The manager said: You were seated at 8.02; the manager added, "No-one on my staff would speak to a customer like you say". Both female and male m'ds stood around: I asked point blank to the male m'd: Are you going to stand there and say you didn't address me that way; you didn't say the world didn't revolve around me? He stood stoically and all eyes were on him and then he said sheepishly, "What I said was 'The world doesn't stop when you walk in here'".
Well, maybe it does for Promenade. If you're 3/4 empty on a Sat night and the only way you're going to earn money is getting bar money, good luck to you.
PS: Off we went to Grand Sichuan, and we had a lovely dinner.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:58 PM
android waitrons are the only answer, that is until they develop into sentient beings and become our overlords
Too many people without the appropriate temperament are entering the "hospitality" industry.
“One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. 'Oh, no!', I said, 'Disneyland burned down.' He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.”
*proud descendant of cheese eating surrender monkeys*
Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:25 PM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:51 PM
They clearly took a justifiable dislike to him.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:57 AM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:17 AM