i guess it all depends on how you feel about the people behind it, no?
I for one appreciate Liquid's notes, and see them the way Lex does - early report/impressions, taking one for the team (as in this case) and letting others know. It makes me feel better about being too tired to go there tonight and not being free to go next week while the early adopters rush (also, Urban Daddy featured it today, so crowds will be unavoidable).
I actually went there last week for a Jura wine tasting event (not exactly what you'd call "dinner") with some food, which was solely cold, uncooked stuff - oysters, charcuterie, smoked salmon, cheese - all of which were lovely and at some point accompanied by bread but not exactly enough of a meal to be paired with 11 wines - I assumed they were not able to turn the gas on yet n that night but perhaps there were other reasons. The staff was still getting their bearings but very friendly and eager to please - it must have been their first night serving (there was a famous uptown sommelier helping out, too).
At any rate, I enjoyed the evening, liked the space and have great expectations for the wine list. And I'm perfectly fine giving them some time and appreciate knowing that I should. This place is so close to me and the wines of the kind that I love to drink, I look forward to going and not being potentially disappointed at hello.
They will get it all together and I can't express how excited I am about this place opening within walking distance. But it's always better to know to rein in the expectations, no? I've had plenty of experiences ruined by too high expectations.
“Eat me,’’ it says. “Eat me and die.’’ -- Jonathan Gold
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