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Today I Sang

15 September 2019 - 12:51 AM

Why not?

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” which has some surprisingly intricate rhythms.

“Love Is a Many Splendor’d Thing.” Love this because I can belt when the second chorus comes around.

Not today, but “Days of Wine and Roses.” Can’t believe I hit such a bum note at or around “closing door,” which shouldn’t be hard.

(First one in my vocal lesson, other two in piano bars.)

Hudson & Charles Dinette

08 September 2019 - 10:47 PM

Randomly walking into a small West Village restaurant, with no prior intelligence, is not a strategy I recommend.

But I did. This place, as far as I know, has not been on the Mouthfuls radar. I’ve visited the H&C (sustainable, natural, etc) butcher before, but hadn’t noticed the attached restaurant, which essentially serves up the butcher’s meat.

And what a good meal. Small sample, I know, but it gave me confidence in this kitchen. A steak tartare which was just fine, then a piece of coppa which had really been cooked correctly, seasoned correctly, and came with a creative combination of sweet grilled peach and tart labneh.

The wine list is utterly minimal, but they pour hearty.

I wish this was in my neighborhood. I’ve had much more problematic meals at restaurants which are very much on the Mouthfuls radar.

Getting the “giggles”

01 September 2019 - 11:57 PM

Reminiscing on the Today I Played thread about occasions when I got “the giggles.” UK expression? It’s when you’re seized with the uncontrollable urge to laugh hysterically in completely inappropriate circumstances. Like a funeral, a church service, a lecture, an earnest folk music performance, or in an interview.

It can be physically painful to suppress the giggles. And if audible, they upset other people.

I have been much afflicted. Anyone else? Here’s one: the awful stage musical “The Buddy Holly Story.” There was plenty to snigger at, but when the cast comes out dressed in black looking all solemn after the plane crash, me and my buddy lost it. Out of our seats howling with laughter. Very unpopular with the audience.

If anyone has any stories, I will reward you with a full recounting of the night of “Mike Batt’s The Hunting of the Snark.”

Ou Sont Les Neiges? The Upper Middle (French and other)

16 August 2019 - 11:53 PM

I guess I am not breaking news here, but I was looking around for classic French below the four star level, and really there’s only Le Coucou. With La Grenouille closed for the summer, every last one has gone, including hotel dining rooms. Am I forgetting somewhere?

There’s the lounge at Gabriel Kreuther, which is borderline French in cuisine; the dining room’s entry price is higher than Daniel. I guess The Modern, which might hold itself just below four star price because no tipping.

Restaurant Carlyle still has the style, but the food is American (cf River Cafe).

Okay, Cafe Boulud. Nomad, borderline, French techniques.

We’ve had openings in this category the last few years, and they closed.

Expanding the discussion, Atherton is still at The Clocktower, but the menu now looks all-American, whatever the website says about British classics updated.

Eater's 29 Classic New York Restaurants

31 July 2019 - 05:42 PM

Not a bad list of "classics," but I'm not sure about "every New Yorker must try."  There's some very mediocre food to be had at some of these places (and no, there's no Sammy's).


Delmonico's shouldn't be on it, though. Entirely ersatz.