QUOTE(joethefoodie @ May 30 2010, 02:57 PM)
So, what's the problem? Start off with perhaps the most uncomfortable seating (on the benches) I've ever experienced. Ssam and Noodle Bar feel like a Barcalounger compared to this.
Better than the stools, I painfully assure you.
And I really love this one: used knife and fork resting on the empty plate ready to be bussed. Server removes said used knife and fork and puts them on the table. From my dirty plate. As if I want to use the same silverware. No thanks, bring me new ones. She does. And then does exactly the same thing to my dining companions. Please - you can't be saving that much money by giving us fresh silverware, can you? As a matter of fact, I find the food to be a nice value - so how about adding a dime to the cost of the entrees, and just bring fresh silverware without the customer having to ask. This customer would be so much happier.
Has to be a style thing, doesn't it? Like let's all pretend we're sitting around the farm table with family. Casual French restaurants have always done this, but I don't think Northern Spy is trying to be French.
QUOTE(Sneakeater @ May 30 2010, 04:23 PM)
I was at Northern Spy shortly after joethefoodie last night, apparently.
This place seems to me to be the new mean for mid-priced NYC restaurants. Everything was well-prepared, at a level we never would have expected in the midrange years ago. But the menu is BORING. It's all the stuff all the other places like this serve. I wouldn't avoid Northern Spy, but I can't see going there, either.
You are getting to be a tough crowd. Hearth was boring a few weeks back.
Did nobody try the terrine? It was the best thing I found there.