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Wilfrid

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#1442931 You know you're getting older when...

Posted by Wilfrid on 11 July 2019 - 11:56 PM

You make a dinner reservation (in Paris), and show up for dinner the night before the dinner reservation is made for.

Fortunately, had two (comfortable) seats in the walk-in area. Which was actually more fun than the dining room.

At 10 days away from home, my brain starts to falter.


Oh yes, I have turned up at restaurants to find my reservation was same day but different week, but haven’t been turned away. I just clicked wrong, okay?


#1442922 Eater Announces Their Restaurant Critics

Posted by Wilfrid on 11 July 2019 - 07:49 PM

I have never been lucky enough to have falafel turn out to be pork  :P




#1442390 nyc meal planning, second half of august

Posted by Wilfrid on 27 June 2019 - 10:46 PM

Sail past


Yep. For adults, the place to get off and look around is Ellis Island. Governor’s Island is good for kids.


#1442202 Essex Crossing, Essex St. Market, and More

Posted by Wilfrid on 20 June 2019 - 03:03 PM

Yes obviously.

 

I was dealing with an asshole.

 

The woman didn't cut in front of me, the guy made a beeline for her because she was cute.  Then decided to bark at me.




#1442025 Salt Bae

Posted by Wilfrid on 16 June 2019 - 12:46 AM

Looks like Salt Bae on Park Ave South is ready to open. For people who like chefs to touch your food with something other than their hands.


#1441705 Dr. John

Posted by Wilfrid on 07 June 2019 - 02:10 AM

No, no, no.

What a career. I’ll be going back to his live solo piano concerts tonight, standing on Longhair’s shoulders.

But, like Glen Campbell, he was primarily a guitarist.

Well he was everything. Chaque amour, Mac.


#1441659 Las Vegas dining updates please!

Posted by Wilfrid on 06 June 2019 - 03:03 AM

And then an outstanding experience at Partage, in a parking lot among the many Asian restaurants along Spring Mountain Road. It’s a modern French restaurant in a space once an old Thai fish shack (I’m told). Still the corny mock-pagoda roof, but step in and it’s a striking conversion, beautiful light fittings, high ceiling, space between the tables, luxury chairs and banquettes.

The service is correct, formal, French. But no tablecloths, oh well.

Good sourcing: the local farm fresh peas with the turnip-wrapped ravioli of crayfish and lobster were not nonsense. Then tete de veau in a paper-thin wrap. A hanger-ish cut of Wagyu. French cheeses. A digestif trolley. Entirely potable French wines at $10 a glass and up.

Countless additional accents to those dishes, tweezery and compose (see Instagram). And a much lower check than Bazaar Meat of course.


#1441636 Roky Erickson

Posted by Wilfrid on 05 June 2019 - 03:03 AM

My memory was right. Thanks Joe.

That Nuggets album was hugely influential, even just in the UK. Thanks Lenny.


#1441417 The New Yorker

Posted by Wilfrid on 26 May 2019 - 11:46 PM

Yes, and one can only assume the upper editorial echelons can’t tell good from bad. It would hardly be difficult to find a good writer to cover pop.


#1441405 The New Yorker

Posted by Wilfrid on 26 May 2019 - 11:05 PM

And then, as I turn the pages, it sits next to a fully informed and angelically written review of a Sam Shepherd play by Hilton Als, which suggests (surprise) that their editors can’t see or don’t care about the chasm in quality between these pieces.


#1441107 Chicago 2019

Posted by Wilfrid on 17 May 2019 - 03:49 PM

I may have up to four dinner opportunities in Chicago in June, although the number will probably dwindle.  I liked The Girl and the Goat last year.  Any suggestions welcome.  Preferably within reach of downtown, although now I've succumbed to Uber/Lyft that's a larger radius than it used to be.




#1440450 GQ Best New Restaurants

Posted by Wilfrid on 26 April 2019 - 02:30 PM

I thought this year's survey by Brett Martin was well-written and entertaining.  You'd have to travel much more than I already do (and I don't want to) to know if the selection is good, but I enjoyed the division of the restaurants into three categories: Refuge, Resistance, and Derangement.

 

https://www.gq.com/s...in-america-2019




#1440357 Greece and the Islands

Posted by Wilfrid on 24 April 2019 - 03:54 PM

Greece is one European country I've never visited.  If I wanted to visit one or more islands, how would I go about choosing, other than just picking names I recognize?

 

Does being accessible from Athens narrow it down?




#1440278 What makes you laugh?

Posted by Wilfrid on 22 April 2019 - 09:04 PM

There may be nothing new about Atera's website, I don't know.  But it's making me laugh today.
 
Their version:


 


Atera honors the poetry of nature and creativity
in pursuit of an immersive sensory dining experience

Welcome

 

Dining at Atera
We offer a seasonal and continuously evolving tasting menu experience.
Please allow 2½ hours for you and your guests.


My version:


Atera is open for dinner.


Welcome

 

Dining at Atera
We offer a set menu.
Please allow 2½ hours for you. If your guests don't match expectations, give us the nod, and we'll have them out in an hour.


ETA:
 

Menu – $ 285

Wine pairing – $ 175
Reserve wine pairing – $ 365
Temperance pairing – $ 105

Shelter pairing – $ 75

Prison pairing – $ 50

Bread and water, nothing else – $ 35

 

(The first four lines are genuine, the the last three are an homage to Cabby.)




#1440102 Dallas 2019

Posted by Wilfrid on 16 April 2019 - 12:01 AM

Yes, you have to say “ellum” apparently.