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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

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

RGR is a she, just so you know.

Jul 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

"It is, quite simply, a matter of not doing it if the act would discommode another ..."

What if the other person is wrong or, to put it differently, out of touch with commonly accepted values? Do we have to cater to a minority with 19th century ideas about etiquette?

In America there's a right to free speech. There's no right to Not Being Offended.

Jul 06, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

Wow. Totally convincing ex cathedra statements.

Jul 05, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

I'll bet you refer to Putin as Tsar of All the Russia's.

Jul 05, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food