Now, given that I'm not in the hospitality business, the chance of me creating this restaurant is zero. Since I live in
I never expected that I would find such a restaurant. But I have -- and I found not one, but two restaurants that match the Food Queen fantasy. They are all I expected from Food Queen and more.
Both restaurants are in
I've had two memorable meals there -- the first at table, with the DP and our professorial friends, the second at the bar. The drinks are strong, the flavors intense, and it matters not if you're dressed in jeans and fleece or fine Italian woolens and hand-sewn shoes. The menu is smart, not clever, and the food is sumptuous without the pretentious luxury (truffled,
If imitation is the sincerest form of appreciation, then I appreciate Blue Hour very, very much. We’ve adopted the ginger gimlet as the house drink for 2006. And the pureed chestnuts that were served with my venison proved equally appropriate with our New Year’s Eve roast goose. The burger is definitely best of show – and to the best of my knowledge, used no truffle or
The Gotham Building Tavern eschews
The night I ate there (see here) I was full of retail therapy and a deep desire not to be back in my mother’s apartment. I sat at the bar, and started out writing in my journal. The staff quickly brought me around. A wine list was offered; I found a perfect Rhône. The waiter and I chatted about the wine and the menu. I’m not used to having wait staff be truly knowledgeable about food and wine – no offense to waiters, but the chef and maitre’d briefing you on the day’s menu, and possibly the sommelier’s update on the wine list do not make you an expert on food and wine.
The waiter at
Needless to say, the meal rocked. I was joined at the bar by a very attractive woman, who commented on the bones. I commented on her drink. We started chatting, and we talked more about food, community, sharing meals, and the ritual of the restaurant. It turned out she was married to him. Sweetie, I’m sorry I’ve forgotten your name, but that meal, and our conversation was truly a great experience.
Now, if only