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    Guy's American

    Not deluxe. Fries are $10. According to one of the bartenders, the standard $17 Minetta burger comes with fries. Blame the confusing menu descriptions.
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    Guy's American

    I mean, you can get the standard burger at Minetta for $17...
  3. Wells previews EMP's latest flight of fancy in a Critic's Notebook piece. Some highlights:
  4. Not if I register the user name "Sneakeater" on Stormfront first. I wonder if they wield a bigger banhammer than CH. Probably not.
  5. I voted "yes" because it seemed like the fun thing to do.
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    Burgers in NY

    Do you think the Roquefort adds anything? (Or maybe detracts from a good burger?) Personally, I think the Roquefort overwhelms the beef a bit. I'll take Minetta's version.
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    Tips On Tables

    DC is lucky to have Little Serow.
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    Brooklyn Fare

    That's pretty much why I use OpenTable.
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    The NoMad

    Visually, I liked the "Atrium" the most of the three, though I'd imagine it'll be the noisiest space. "The Parlour" should be quieter.
  10. Will that push more people towards aged Mosel Riesling?
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    Gwynnett St.

    Grant Achatz apparently cooks turkey sous-vide, but I don't think that even he could make turkey interesting.
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    The NoMad

    This place is nothing like Ad Hoc; there's no straightforward, craveable food in sight. If anything, most of the menu feels like an adaptation of EMP's simplified lunch menu, pre-"dining dialogue" grid. Instead, this is the restaurant Hotel Griffou dreams of being. Three completely incongruous dining areas lie just past the hostess stand: the center one ("Atrium") is attractively bathed in natural light, courtesy of a large pyramidal glass roof; the right one is fussier, dominated by an ornate fireplace (called the "Fireplace", duh); the left one does its best impression of a velvet-swathed bordello ("The Parlour", but aren't we in America?). At first glance, I didn't get it. After several subsequent glances, I still didn't. You have to walk through the "Atrium" to get to the darkly-lit bar. We didn't linger there, but I did recognize a bartender from Death + Company. Not unexpectedly, the cocktails read well for a restaurant list. Tucked away on the bar's left is the "Library", a puzzling wood-panelled room lined with utterly random books (The NoMad's website blithely calls the "fully curated" collection "eclectic") where people sit around drinking cocktails while eating appetizers, and during the morning hours, where people would presumably sit around drinking coffee and tea while eating pastries. In one corner of the room winds a spiral staircase, imported from the "South of France" (of course), leading to a mezzanine stacked with even more random books, while in another corner lurk several custom-made bottle service trolleys and -- oh god what the fuck is this place. Anyway, the roasted chicken for two, pulled straight from EMP, is pretty good, and the accompanying truffle-flecked mashed potatoes are pretty great, though Robuchon's pomme purée truffée may easily retain its smirk of superiority. By itself, the dark meat fricassée is more interesting than the white meat, as even foie gras brioche stuffing is powerless against the boredom of chicken breast. I'd recommend the Fruits De Mer, which is far more composed than it sounds: sea urchin with apple gelée and caviar, oyster with frozen mignonette, marinated hamachi with horseradish, bay scallop ceviche with yuzu juice and pistachios, lobster claw meat with something or other, strands of king crab meat with...something or other. I forget. It's good, though. I'm sure this place will be great for Sneak.
  13. I'm sure listing the LSE first (or at all), which doesn't grant degrees to US students studying abroad for a summer or a single academic year, instead of the actual degree-granting university was purely by chance.
  14. Artful indeed. I think Dr. Johnson can handle it from here.
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