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  1. macrosan

    Le Bernardin

    So I pop in for a welcome dose of nostalgia, and this is where I alight You're right - LeB was the subject of the very first post here ... and well before that (dare I say this) it was the location of my first ever attendance at an eGullet meet-up in New York!!!!! Good to see you still here, Wilf. And now I shall wander my way round the site ... again
  2. Almost all fonts in current use use variable spacing. I believe that fixed spacing fonts fundamentally disappeared with manual typewriters. And while I'm here, I'd like to suggest en passant (to employ a much used English phrase) that "business speak" should have a thread of its own. It has little to do with the English language.
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    Um Segredo

    I have to say that that menu for 13th/14th is only the second tasting menu I have ever seen anywhere which makes me salivate There's not a single course that sounds anything less than wonderful. What a pity I can't make those dates
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    Le Bernardin

    Thanks Wilf 2011 was a long hard year, but now I have free time again
  5. macrosan

    Le Bernardin

    Thanks for finding this for me, Oakapple For some reason it wasn't listed when I did a search And thanks to whomever merged my post in. Service is good as ever at MF
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    Le Bernardin

    I haven't been to Le Bernardin for ever such a long time. I remember it as the second ever eGullet "event", where I first met (amongst others) the famed Joel Baumwoll I loved the meal, as I did a couple more in the ensuing years. Now I think I'd like to go again in a few weeks, but has it maintained its game? I'm struggling to find recent reviews. Or is there somewhere better for a top-class fish meal?
  7. I discarded Maialino because of its very idiosyncratic and (to me) unattractive menu. Balthazar got the vote, and I'm glad it did Check-in was hectic - I guess about 20 people turned up at the same time and there wasn't much space to stand in while we waited for attention. But from there on it was all upward. Very nicely thought out table for three - a small table on a corner banquette with one extra chair. A little crowded, maybe, but great for chatting. A cheerful and helpful server, exactly on that fine line between "proper" and "friendly". We all loved the menu - my guests both had waffles with maple syrup and berries which looked a picture, and I had a superb dish called Eggs Norwegian which was two perfectly drop-poached eggs on a bed of smoked salmon on a toasted muffin (?) with a terrific hollandaise sauce. I couldn't resist a rhubarb crumble with ice cream for dessert, while my guests again showed that they were of a single mind by both ordering creme brulee which looked and tasted excellent. Fresh squeezed orange juice and very good coffee, and a huigely impressive basket of breads completed the order, and the whole thing cost about $45 a person which I thought was excellent value. We all found brunch at Balthazar an altogether pleasing experience
  8. My hotel loaned me an umbrella for the duration of my stay, which I found very useful. I have now suggested they additionally offer a cattle prod.
  9. Oh I wasn't really having a dig at you, Anthony, just taking your post as an excuse to represent my frustration And of course it is everyone's right, and perhaps even duty, to hassle Lex
  10. In my case it came before. Firstly, these aren't kids, they're "youngsters" which from my perspective means people in the 18-30 age group So actually they're not of an age where they are normally throwing balls in other people's yards I can understand the thoughtless bit - they're having a night out, they're forced out of the bars so they can smoke whatever kind of weeds they choose to smoke tonight; it's really, really, really intellectually demanding for them in their hazy condition to understand that the sidewalk hasn't been provided specially as a playground for them and that there are other people who have a need to use it; so it's obviously unreasonable to expect them to spread out to leave a tiny walkway for those other people. I can allow for all that. But when asked politely to move aside so that I can pass without risking my life walking into the roadway of Houston Street, I expect even these "youngsters" to move aside without glowering at me, or deliberately jostling me as I squeeze through the narrow gap they have grudgingly created, or even just completely ignoring my request and turning back to chat with their friends. Of course I understand that my attitude is simply unreasonable and curmudgeonly,but that's the way I am
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    It was a lovely evening That butter-braised onion dip was astonishingly more-ish. Cathy is right that they either need to loosen the mixture a little or else provide entirely sturdier dipping devices than the crumbly (but very delicious) game chips that were given to us. The positively pragmatic proprietor of the Pink Pig (allit.) cheated by using his fork to load the chips with dip, but surely that was quite outside the bounds of decent behavior at table. No, sturdier chips or looser dip must be provided in future. I couldn't look past the fried chicken, which I had been anticipating for weeks, but I have to say that if this had been my first then I probably wouldn't have become obsessed with the dish. It was too salty and slightly on the dry side in parts. The flavor was good, but not as outstanding as on my two previous tastings. This was pleasant fried chicken, but far from great. I like the menu at Redhead, and I like the service and the atmosphere. But next time I'll be a little more adventurous and try something other than the chicken
  12. I'm staying in a LES hotel, and the worst noise I came across was Sunday morning at 5am when two young guys staying in the room next door woke me up by turning up their radio to full and singing along with some particularly raucous music ... and giggling a lot and very loudly! Then on Monday morning at 3.15am I heard the screaming of a young woman in that same room obviously being murdered, but it turned out to be a different form of activity. I walk back to my hotel regularly between 11pm and 2am, and I just don't encounter a lot of noise. The worst problem is crowds of youngsters standing outside bars and blocking the sidewalk, and I have to say that I find them to be obstreperous and thoughtless. They make no attempt to move aside to let walkers through, and often display resentment at being asked to move. But noise? As has been said in this thread, the general traffic noise is far worse than anything coming from people in the bars. That's not to say it doesn't exist, but I really can't believe that generally it's enough to wake people or keep them from getting to sleep. Apart from those people in the hotel room next door, that is :rolleyes:
  13. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm studying them now
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    Thanks, Steve and Suzanne That's exactly what I need to know.
  15. I'm meeting a couple of (American) relatives on Sunday October 3, and we'd like to go for brunch in LES/Soho/East Village. We haven't met up for a few years. so I want a place where we can relax comfortably and talk (so no close-packed tables or noisy crowd) and also get a really nice meal I have no idea what my relatives' eating preferences are, so I need to play safe ... maybe American or French or Italian. And of course I need somewhere that I can book at less than a week's notice. The only easy bit is that price is not important
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