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  1. It's all cognitive dissonance! Ludditism led me to forgo Resy for the phone, but then the phone made me abandon Ludditism to hit them up with an IG DM. Mind blown.

    Thanks for coming along on this trip! haha. (Full disclosure -- 30 year anniversary of our first date.)

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  2. And okay, if anyone's really REALLY invested in this story now... don't suppose anyone knows any hacks, beyond setting up multiple Resy accounts (which I imagine means multiple cell phone numbers), to book Dutch Kills for drinks on the same night as Adda. I mean, seriously. (Cuz I'm not gonna be all the way out there and NOT go to Dutch Kills.)

    I guess I need to embrace my long-dead inner-Luddite and actually call. Hmph.

  3. 4 minutes ago, sweatshorts said:

    I did that exact same evening in reverse last August. It was lovely. I will say that the outdoor dining at Adda is not the most picturesque given the street that it's on (though that was a long time ago and they may have improved the buildout since then). The food was fantastic though.


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    We’re both fully vaxxed, and given the current forecast for rain, we’re doing the indoor dining. (Gasp!)

  4. 19 minutes ago, Sneakeater said:

    Then, having sold yourself on LIC (which I think sounds great, BTW), you can REALLY agonize when something more conventionally appealing comes up later this week. 

    Ha. Already been through one iteration of that, debating if a 4:45 seating at Jean-Georges would trump this plan. (Final verdict, after thorough consultation with the missus:  no, we stick with LIC.)

  5. Thanks for that added color.

    I'm convincing myself that a little LIC adventure will be fun -- Dutch Kills for drinks, Adda for spice. Should be an excellent evening. (But yeah, still gonna keep plowing through Resy on the daily.)

  6. Yeah, I've been frantically scouring for the past day or so. Oh look! Craft! Hearth! Hm. I'll keep at it.

    I'm thinking I'll grab a rez at Adda since I've heard some good things, and at least have that as a backstop. 

  7. Having sadly misremembered about the reservation I thought I'd made at Ernesto's for a rare dinner outing to celebrate a milestone with my wife, I'm now left without a plan for this Saturday night.

    So hit me with your ideas for places that are special enough (at whatever price point, high or low) but reasonable to expect to walk in for an early evening. Anyone, anyone...?

  8. 19 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

    That's kind of my point.  Did you ever drink a Jack Rose and think, this ought to have GIN in it?

    Well no, I never did. And yes, it's certainly only a half-step away from a Pink Lady. It's interesting that there are a few drinks that modify gin with a bit of applejack -- Angel Face, Warday's (one of my all-time favorites), Pink Lady, Star Daisy, Royal Smile... Harry Craddock seemed to have a thing for that combo of base spirits.

  9. On 3/20/2021 at 10:25 PM, StephanieL said:

    Laird's original distillery (where I think they still have a base) is almost down the road from where I grew up in NJ.  I didn't know this until very recently.

    The oldest continuing distillery in the US, if you can believe it.

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  10. 15 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

    At my new local butcher.

    ME:  Can I reserve a brisket for the last week of March?

    BUTCHER:  Sure!

    ME:  Can I just get the deckle?

    BUTCHER:  Sure!


    BUTCHER:  What's the deckle?

    So clearly not just new to you but *new*.

  11. On 1/31/2021 at 12:40 AM, Sneakeater said:

    Eve Beglarian:  Overstepping (God I love her) (she says she's a fan of mine, too) (but I was her fan FIRST)

    Dessoff co-commissioned her to write a piece for our Whitman Bicentennial season, co-commissioned with Roomful of Teeth, who co-performed it with us (once via a pre-recorded track, thanks to schedules not aligning, twice live).

    Honestly, I can't decide to this day what thrilled me more, the piece itself ("None More Than You"), how charmingly down-to-earth she was, performing with Roomful of Teeth, or meeting the astonishing Caroline Shaw.


  12. On 1/27/2021 at 4:27 PM, Wilfrid said:

    I hadn't noticed them.

    What was that theater district place with the sign outside "good food and solid drinks that's our philosophy"?

    Charlie O's!

    Friedman's, by nature of having a broad menu that does lots of gluten free stuff, and does it creditably well, is a family favorite (my two boys both have Celiac). We've been multiple times to each location. 

  13. 17 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

    A cocktail that, as of tomorrow morning, I'll be on record as loving, All Hands on Deck:

    • 1 oz. Mezcal
    • 1/2 oz. Fernet
    • 1/2 oz. Curaçao
    • 1/2 oz. sweet Vermouth

    Combine in cocktail shaker.  Add ice.  Stir.  Strain into Martini glass or coupe.

    Ha. Mezcal riff on Don't Give Up the Ship. Nice!

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  14. 17 hours ago, StephanieL said:

    Two of my former NY chorus mates have died in the past 3 weeks.  One was in his mid-70s and had metastatic cancer; the other was only 2 years older than me, and I don't know how she died other than she had been sick for some time (it wasn't COVID).

    She'd had a long struggle over many years and many issues, from MS to a brain tumor to throat cancer. Complications to the throat cancer was the last straw. She was a tremendously caring and strong and vibrant and positive person; she leaves a giant hole in the choir and everywhere she touched.

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