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Which restaurant rating?

about 15 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan
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Malai Marke - a new Indian on (gasp!) 6th St.

Something I should have apologized for a long time ago - spelling the owner's name wrong. He's Shiva Natarajan.

about 19 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Malai Marke - a new Indian on (gasp!) 6th St.

I feel a little awkward weighing in here. We've all seen this type of thing before. Somebody writes up a restaurant, gets some positive feedback, and then someone else posts a dissenting opinion and the OP becomes wildly defensive, like someone told them their kid was ugly and stupid. I don't want to be That Guy.

OTOH I think it's fair for me to post about my own recent experiences and people can factor those in. We've been to Malai Marke 4 times since last December; the most recent was about a month ago. All our meals were very good. Now of course it's possible that there's been a change. And individual opinions can vary. Pan's been around for as long as I have and I respect him enormously. We don't always agree but we usually do. Also keep in mind that he ordered different dishes than we do.

Just like there's no crying in baseball, there's no unanimity on CH. I'm fine with that.

FWIW I'd rate MM as an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. Unfortunately we don't have any 10s in NYC. You have to go to London for that. OTOH ten to fifteen years ago all we had were 4s and 5s so I'm damn happy for an 8.

We'll get back to MM sometime in the next month and I'll post about it. I haven't been bothering to post about my recent meals because I figured it would be repetitious. We've all seen That Guy too. The one that launches a thread about a restaurant and then dresses up like a cheerleader and praises it to the skies every other week. That's embarrassing.

Anyway, I'll let you know how my next meal is.

about 19 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Which restaurant rating?

I ignore the extreme Yelp reviews - the one and five stars. I look for a reasonable consensus but I also look for an overall tone of credibility in individual posters. Actually, I do the same on CH.

Yelp is just another tool. Used correctly, it's useful.

2 days ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan
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Restaurant week dispute

Time for a new thread.

Jul 19, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Restaurant week dispute

A lot of restaurants have dropped out of the RW promotion. It was a money loser for them that didn't generate repeat business.

Jul 17, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

I refuse to take this thread to the Dark Side.

:-)

Jul 16, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

No farting either. I have my standards.

Jul 16, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

I really don't care what hte other people at the4 table are eating. I may think some things are a little odd but unless it was something foul smelling like natto it wouldn't bother me.

I guess some people are different.

Jul 16, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

To ensure the proper experience you'd also have to make sure everyone wore matching outfits.

Jul 16, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Oh no another tipping thread! When is no tip justified?

If the manager wasn't responsive I wouldn't go back. I'd also post a tartly worded account on Chowhound and Yelp.

Jul 16, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Oh no another tipping thread! When is no tip justified?

"No tip for you!!!"

Since you've taken the time to write a detailed account of your disastrous meal you may want to cut and paste it into a letter to the owner.

Jul 16, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Restaurant week dispute

Here's Frank Bruni's review. It is not kind.

http://events.nytimes.com/2005/10/26/...

Jul 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Not the usual question

Who doesn't like corsets?

Jul 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Restaurant week dispute

I think you need to draw a polite line here otherwise before long they'll have you going to places like Ninja because it's "fun."

Jul 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

Exactly.

Jul 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

That's not what we 're talking about.

We're talking about a party of 4 where one diner orders a meal that's a bit more expensive than the others and then pays the difference.

You called that "selfish."

Do go on. I'm all ears.

Jul 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Restaurant week dispute

Selfish???

Keep on going. I'm enjoying this.

Jul 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Not the usual question

This question is like catnip to you. :-)

Jul 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Restaurant week dispute

You're right - your SO is wrong. Tell the server up front that you want a separate check. Problem solved.

BTW, you're also right about the issues with restaurant week menus. Small portions, limited choices. There are some restaurants who manage to overcome these issues. The Danny Meyer places are some of the pleasant exceptions.

Jul 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Tipping during happy hour

I agree completely but I'm afraid you're not going to persuade some people. Logic doesn't always work.

Jul 10, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

Right.

Lists are, by their nature, incomplete. Any new posters reading along might want to use them as a shortcut but they should also know that there are other valuable posters out there. There's no substitute for reading the boards regularly and making up your own mind about who to follow.

Jul 10, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan
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"Who do you follow?" threads [split from Manhattan]

"My point is this thread kind of goes against that. This is a brand new poster asking who the experts are. Saying tell me who to trust. Pretty much going the Yelp way or the Zagat way. Sure, most Chowhounds already do that to some extent."

It's just a shortcut. In time they'll pull together their own list of trusted posters. People have independent judgement and they use it all the time. Some songs are big hits but not everyone likes them. And we all have songs we love that sold about 12 copies.

Jul 10, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

Ziggy is terrific.

I have my own informal list but I know if I started naming names I'd leave someone out and feel awful about it.

Jul 10, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan
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"Who do you follow?" threads [split from Manhattan]

Thanks. Much appreciated.

Jul 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk
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"Who do you follow?" threads [split from Manhattan]

When the CH owners set up the "follow" feature they were tacitly acknowledging that people paid more attention to posters they've found credible in the past. Some people predicted disastrous consequences but things worked out fine.

CH isn't Yelp and it isn't Zagat's where we just total the votes and assign a score.

Credibility is earned and it's not a closed club either. A new poster with three or four credible posts goes on my "watch" list. Three or four more credible posts and they go on my "trusted" list.

CH is really democratic that way. We don't judge people on their looks or their background or their ethnicity or how much money they have. We *do* assign credibility based on how reliable their posts are and, to be frank, how much their tastes align with ours.

I think that's pretty fair.

Jul 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk
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Tipping during happy hour

I think we have similar habits.

At places where I'm a regular the buybacks are more frequent and I increase my tip accordingly. One hand washes the other. Besides, it's the right thing to do.

Jul 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Tipping during happy hour

$2 per beer is extremely generous, even by NY standards. Bartenders must love you.

Actually, they like me too and I tip a buck a beer and then throw in 2 or 3 bucks at the end. More if it's a bartender that gives regular buybacks.

Jul 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

I'm glad somebody understands my avatar. :-)

Jul 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

I'm not sure but she blogs about food and restaurants frequently.

http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com/

Jul 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan