Is an Empty Restaurant Worse Than a Crowded One?

/ October 29, 2017

This past Friday night, I had the good fortune to find, in an area brimming with packed, sizzling eateries, a spot that had hardly anyone dining inside....

Is It Curtains for Restaurant Curtains?

/ July 13, 2017

You know an eatery is good if you can't see inside owing to the curtains hanging over the windows....

What's So Funny about an Elegant BBQ Restaurant?

/ May 6, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a new idea of mine. ...

When Trendy Isn't Dandy: The 411 on Eatery Cool

/ February 9, 2017

Who gets to define the "hipness" of the crowd at a restaurant? Is cool now measured by the length of one's beard? The taste for kale or pork belly? The tilt of one's fedora?...

C’mon, C’mon, C’mon, C’mon, Don’t Touch Me, Waitstaff

/ November 3, 2016

Is it just me, or is being touched by a waiter or waitress while dining out at a restaurant the height of personal-space invasion? OK, maybe I’m being a little persnickety. But don’t you think that when you’re paying for a meal at any eatery, the service should be hands-off … literally? Why am I grousing about this, you may ask? Isn’t such a complaint rather...

Doth Music Soothe the Savage Gourmet?

/ November 3, 2016

While dining with my wife at Bouley earlier this year, I heard something rather interesting that deserves to be mentioned. Music—presumably of the recorded variety. Not unappealing, but definitely curious. What was it doing at Bouley, one of the great bastions of Manhattan gastronomy? As I recall, the selections were pleasantly jazzy, soft and subtle—no cacophonou...

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