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  1. It's not just that I am too lazy to start a new thread, it's also amusing that back in 2013 Audra McDonald and Kinky Boots were part of the show, and Audra and Cyndi Lauper were in last night's 2021 Tonys show too. I was entertained by the Broadway-is-back edition. But one thing really stood out: on the one hand, there were songs from recent musicals and jukebox musicals, and on the other hand there were songs by Sondheim and Bernstein/Sondheim, and the gulf in quality was almost embarrassing.
  2. So I had some more foie gras that evening. Gracie’s has fine dining written all over it, table cloths, uniformed staff, tasting menus. Not as revelatory as Persimmon and considerably more expensive. But to give credit, the kitchen served me a duck breast, incredibly rare (but with crisp skin) that was neither rubbery nor chewy. Are they just getting higher quality ingredients up here than in Manhattan? I would not bet a cent on being served rare but tender meat two nights in a row in NYC restaurants. This was part of a seven course tasting menu, the only disappointing part of which w
  3. Duke Ellington: The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition (Disc 222: Okay, those weren't the last recordings, we were kidding (1966 - 1973))
  4. I ran into a demo to ban foie gras outside City Hall the next morning. Tried not to look guilty.
  5. I thought I was last here a couple of years ago, but no, five years ago, although as 2020 n’existe pas, call it four. And a remarkable meal at Persimmon on the East side. Simple, almost cafe-like room, but a chef’s counter too where Chef was doing some very precise things. For example, a lamb-three-ways entree and I would not expect any Manhattan restaurant to nail more than two out of the three ways. Slow-cooked lamb belly, braised shoulder formed into a small medallion, roast loin. I fully expected the loin to be dry and chewy…but it was great, tender and juicy. This was prec
  6. I just re-read my original review. Boy that was a night. Snow, 45 minutes late to be seated, poor food. Yet I like Le Crocodile.
  7. Wilfrid

    Le Coq Rico

    The decline has been widely noted; I was just saying that, even if the food was still good, the menu shrinkage makes it really hard to use (unless you are two people who want the same entree).
  8. No not Amex. I don’t really care, but they should ponder whether it’s creepy.
  9. Ornette Coleman, Something Else!. Kid Don Cherry is remarkable.
  10. Although my meal at Union Square Cafe was a spur of the moment walk-in, I just got an email via Resy asking for my feedback. Impressive tracking. Via my credit card, I assume, as I didn't share anything like an email address or phone number during my meal.
  11. Went down that rabbit hole. They do have some chapbooks, but all on back order. I did some more searching, fiound a bibliography in a journal dated 2000, and then finally turned up an adequate bibliography updated 2019. There seem to be half a dozen known chapbooks, including some which contain poems subsequently published in his collections. All of them out of stock (except one which is duplicative of poems I already have). One was listed at $880 and out of stock (which was kind of moot). Perhaps I'll write to New Directions and tell them to publish a collection of these poems. If
  12. Rupert Thompson, Barcelona Dreaming: A novel (okay, but mainly worth reading for the views of Barcelona). Claire Louise-Bennett, Pond (billed everywhere as a short story collection, but it's really a novel, the single, crazy but funny monologue of a woman living alone and dealing with things like the control knobs on the cooker not working).
  13. Jonathan Meades, Pedro and Ricky Come Again A massive collection of more than 30 years of journalism, weighted towards architecture, the arts and other cultural topics rather than his restaurant reviews. Most of the pieces were written for newspapers and are very short. In this format, one is aware of complex thoughts remaining insufficiently developed or supported and trains of thought cut short. The reader comes away wanting to interrogate him more deeply, especially on some of his more controversial views. A lot of fun to be had, and it's not necessary to read every piece. He wrot
  14. I was actually concerned recently that the great Maggie Nelson hadn't published a book in five years. Then a week ago I wandered into Mast Books on Avenue A and there it was, piled high on the table, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint. A prolonged exercise in critical thinking which did, she makes clear, take five years to write. One thing with Nelson, it's hard to decide where to shelve her books, other than the early, traditional poetry collections. This one ended up in the philosophy section, appropriately I think, although she threads together scholarly research and her own
  15. Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come Dr Alimantado, Feeling Dub Ornette Coleman, Song X Hinds, The Prettiest Curse (these paragons really need to play some New York dates) Renee Labas, ...Chante Francis Carco
  16. Wandering around that neighborhood with no particular thoughts about where to eat, I noticed USC seemed to have bar seats, so why not? Usual thing: very pleasant service, correct but not exciting food.* I have to admit their heirloom tomato salad was better than the one I made recently, partly because they grated goat cheese over the tomatoes (I usually serve mozzarella or burrata as the center piece of the plate) and partly because of the fresh dill. The there was some arctic char. *The one exception was the dreadful meal I had at the former location around the same time they s
  17. Bottle out of the fridge and glug from it. I hear you. The ritual of the glass transforms it all. Same mixologist served me a Hanky Panky entirely innocent of Fernet-Branca, like I wouldn’t notice. Cross that bar off the list.
  18. Wilfrid

    Le Coq Rico

    Another shrinking menu. The appetizers are fine, but very few entree options for solo diners or parties who don’t all want to eat the same thing. There’s now one whole chicken and one whole duck. If you want half a chicken (they used to offer a quarter) or half a duck, you will pay $46 and $72 respectively, and I kind of hope a $72 duck dish feeds more than one person. Yes, there’s salmon, but that’s for the one person in the party who won’t eat bird. This was a useful place positioned between mid- and high-end, but I couldn’t use it now.
  19. A Hendricks martini with a twist please. ”Would you like vermouth?” No, just bring the bottle and a straw.
  20. Oh yes, I did check on that. They do.
  21. Wilfrid


    Okay, will give Notify a try.
  22. “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” to start with.
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    Almost moot as there is not a single table for 2 available on Resy as far ahead as you can look.
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