You can't even complain that the flavors are too subtle anymore. Chef Ripert is in a pretty in-your-face (for him) place right now.
Do you think this has anything to do with it?
It's funny - I've had this in my NYC food things to do for a while now (but still haven't); can't remember where I first read about the shop (maybe Savuer, Food Arts, Edible Manhattan - who knows?). And I distinctly remember reading that he made special spice mixes for Ripert.
Pretty cool. And I will get there.