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#1 Evelyn

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 06:43 PM

Just received this email:

Benoit in New York


the authentic French bistrot by Alain Ducasse



is opening on Monday, April 21st!





60 West 55th Street (Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

New York, NY 10019



Join us for

Breakfast: Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 10am

Lunch: Monday to Saturday from 11:45am to 2:30pm

Brunch: Sunday from 11:30am to 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday to Sunday from 5:30pm to 11pm



Reservations:

646.943.7373

bistrot@benoitny.com



#2 Cathy

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 06:49 PM

Going for friends & family tonight.
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#3 Sneakeater

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 06:50 PM

11 p.m. is promising.

Hope they mean it.
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:02 PM

QUOTE(Cathy @ Apr 14 2008, 02:49 PM) View Post
Going for friends & family tonight.

Is that the LCB space?

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:02 PM

I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:05 PM

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Is that the LCB space?


Yes.
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#7 nuxvomica

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:36 PM

loved the one in Paris (a few years ago) and am looking forward to it - got resy already smile.gif
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#8 omnivorette

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:37 PM

How come people like to go so close to the opening of a place?
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#9 Cathy

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:38 PM

Because a friend I haven't seen in a while invited me.
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#10 Sneakeater

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:40 PM

Because often after the reviews come out you can't get in anymore.
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:41 PM

And because sometimes after the reviews, the owners let the restaurant go to shit.

(That's not a danger here, though.)
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:42 PM

I made reservations for next week a while back...but I have to say...the menu looks very safe and boring. I don't really need to travel uptown for Balthazar. Hopefully there is more to it than that.
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:43 PM

I find this an unfortunate name after the Chris Benoit affair. Pretty much kills my appetite. But I guess there isn't a lot of overlap between the McMahon & Ducasse crowds.
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#14 Sneakeater

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:44 PM

QUOTE(Nathan @ Apr 14 2008, 07:42 PM) View Post
I made reservations for next week a while back...but I have to say...the menu looks very safe and boring. I don't really need to travel uptown for Balthazar. Hopefully there is more to it than that.


It's a bistro. What did you expect?

It could be better than Balthazar.
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#15 Nathan

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:46 PM

QUOTE(Sneakeater @ Apr 14 2008, 03:44 PM) View Post
QUOTE(Nathan @ Apr 14 2008, 07:42 PM) View Post
I made reservations for next week a while back...but I have to say...the menu looks very safe and boring. I don't really need to travel uptown for Balthazar. Hopefully there is more to it than that.


It's a bistro. What did you expect?

It could be better than Balthazar.



oh I'm sure the execution will be...but the question is whether that's enough to justify making it a destination (I don't think of Balthazar as one).

Bar Boulud is a bistro too...but it has an additional menu draw...
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