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Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

One more thing from Bruni's review - "He [Batali] is here almost nightly, clumping around the place or sitting on the stoop next door in a safari vest, shorts and one of his 12 pairs of orange high-top sneakers."

In other words, shorts are OK. Mario leads by example.

BTW, I'm surprised that you're a big Led Zep fan. I always figured you as a Death Metalhead.

about 9 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

I notice you didn't say a word about Bruni's description. I can understand why you'd avoid that since it certainly does *not* describe a classic formal restaurant.

You did mention "dress code" twice in your post. I checked Babbo's website and I couldn't find any description of one. Could you let me know where I can find it?

about 11 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

"Regarding the OP's question, I don't think we're qualified to give an answer,..."

Why not? Do you need a graduate degree in Restaurant Management to answer that question?

Here's my qualifications - I've been to Babbo, Lupa, and Otto and I've lived in NYC my entire life.

I've been VERY clear that I don't advocate wearing shorts to every restaurant in town. I specifically mentioned that they wouldn't be appropriate at Del Posto or Maialino. I can add a bunch of other places to the list but we're not talking about that type of place. We're talking about Babbo.

You know what's a surefire tipoff that shorts are OK in a place?

They play Led Zeppelin at high volume.

Let me bring in my good friend Frank Bruni to explain it to you. From his review -

" To the last question [Why isn't Babbo a 4 star restaurant?], there is a short, emblematic answer: the music. On the first of my recent visits to Babbo, what thundered -- and I do mean thundered -- from the sound system was relatively hard rock.

Bucatini with the Black Crowes? (''Their second album!'' a waiter proudly informed us.) Linguine with Led Zeppelin?

That soundtrack, the strangely deliberate fruit of Mr. Batali's own iPod, was jarring, as were a few other aspects of the ambience.

The tables are wedged tightly into the first two stories of a Greenwich Village town house, and on the ground floor, a dense crowd often fills the bar area, just inside the entrance. It's a daunting gantlet that diners must penetrate, and it stays in the sightlines of many people eating downstairs.

Even the upstairs can feel frenetic, given the tongue-twisting velocity with which waiters recite specials, the breakneck speed with which they reset the turning tables.

This slightly ragtag quality is Babbo's limitation, not because it bucks classic formality, which matters less than ever, but because it undercuts the kind of coddling that restaurants can also provide."

Thundering Led Zeppelin? Frenetic? Breakneck speed to turn tables? Ragtag?

Sorry. This isn't a formal restaurant at all. I'm going to wear shorts if it's hot out.

Bruni's full review - http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/09/din...

about 11 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Sugar causes cancer!

I guess Grub Bimbo was taken.

Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

Last July I remember having a discussion about the merits of shorts in NYC on another board. A few people thought they were terrible - I said they were fine. I decided to do an informal survey -

"After last weekend's discussion of shorts I took a walk around my Brooklyn neighborhood on Sunday. It was a sunny day with the temperatures in the high 80s. By my rough count about two thirds of the men were wearing shorts. Whites, blacks, Asians, Latinos - the percentage stayed the same.

Of those wearing shorts about 20% had picked ugly designs but that matched the percentage of ugly clothes on everybody else. The rest were fine.

I realize that the people resisting shorts in the summer won't agree with my "fine" assessment but they need to acknowledge that this isn't a budding trend that needs to be stamped out. The majority of men have voted. Shorts won in a landslide."

about 13 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan
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Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

I agree - neither is suitable for a fine dining restaurant. But I don't consider Babbo or Lupa to be fine dining.

Del Posto? Yes.

about 15 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

"It does depend on the shorts (there are suit shorts that maybe could blend in), and the individual's style and ability to pull off these looks ..."

That's a very important point. Not all shorts are the same.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3767/1...

about 18 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Sugar causes cancer!

Poor poor Food Babe. She's so misunderstood.

I'll tell you what. Why don't you read this recent thread and then come back and talk to us.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1009...

Sugar causes cancer!

Lunch after Staten Island Ferry ride

This is a *really* old thread.

That said, I'm glad to hear that the successor to the Cargo Cafe is a worthy spot. I ate at the CC about 4 years ago and really enjoyed it.

Jun 26, 2015
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Won't be returning to Per Se

"I tip extra 30% on top of what they automatically charge for their service, and I always behave myself, but they do not seem to have any personalized service for their frequent customers."

Maybe they think you're trying to buy them. A wildly lavish tip could have a negative effect.

Jun 25, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

Exactly.

Jun 24, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

"Agreed. I could only see shorts at Babbo if they were on a lady and of the silk/dress variety, with a nice blouse."

If this guy walks in you'll see shorts at Babbo.

"It's never so hot here that you can't wear pants, IMHO, even while walking around."

How about yesterday when it was in the low 90s and steamy?

I have lived in New York City my entire life - I'm well acquainted with the weather. We get plenty of oppressively hot days where the temperatures are in the mid 90s and the humidity is high. I wear shorts in the summer often because it's far more comfortable than long pants.

The shorts are conservatively cut and I wear a collared shirt with long sleeves that can be rolled up or down.

I wouldn't wear shorts to Del Posto or Maialino but they would not be out of place at Babbo.

Jun 24, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Shorts! - And Reservation Timing Help

You can wear shorts at Babbo, Lupa, and Otto without feeling out of place. The atmosphere at all 3 is pretty casual and besides, Batali himself wears shorts.

Del Posto is more formal (and far more expensive).

Jun 24, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

"yes, people can be so allergic to nuts (or anything else, for that matter, but nuts are most often served on planes so probably the best example here) that just being in close proximity to them can set off their allergy, sometimes with an anaphylactic reaction."

That's very scarey. I Googled around to find some confirming references but I was unable to locate any.

Clearly you're very educated about this allergy - certainly more than I am. That said, could you provide a few links to reputable websites (National Institute of Health, Center for Disease Control, etc.) which confirm that mere proximity to nuts (as opposed to direct contact) can produce severe reactions?

I'm not necessarily doubting you but on an issue this important I think some detailed information is desirable.

Thanks.

pork roll... TAYLOR, of course!

Taylor Pork Roll - the official meat of New Jersey.

Jun 23, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

I had a similar problem for years. Then I started keeping a list of everything I put in my freezer along with the date. I put a label on anything I put in a container.

The list makes it easy to identify things that are getting a bit old. One year old steak leftovers might not kill you but they won't taste very good either.

I keep the list on my laptop and it's very easy to maintain.

Problem solved.

Jun 23, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

I assume if someone is hypersensitive then salami stinks. For the other 99% it doesn't.

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Of course fish can *really* be pungent. No argument.

But you mentioned cured meats. In my experience unless someone holds their nose 3 inches away they don't have a particular odor. Now if a person were to put onions on their sandwich that would be a different story.

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Granted some cheeses has a pronounced aroma. But I usually don't think of cured meats as being especially pungent.

Ham? Salami? Prosciutto? Pepperoni? Cappicola? Sorpressata? Not to me.

I'll grant you liverwurst (not really a cured meat) can be assertive but not the others.

Best hot dog in Manhattan is @ Harry & Ida's

Mustard. Pastrami on rye with mustard.

Maybe dill works? I've never seen if offered.

Jun 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Best hot dog in Manhattan is @ Harry & Ida's

Fifty cents more than Katz's. If they price them like Katz's they're going to be compared to them.

Jun 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Best hot dog in Manhattan is @ Harry & Ida's

Thanks Dave - I amended my post.

The pastrami sandwich looks pretty good although I wonder how much it costs if the pastrami scraps "hot dog" is $12.

Jun 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Was Chef Boayardee ever a quality product?

Bing bing bing!!! We have a winner.

Canned mushy pasta and sauce. Awful.

Jun 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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Best hot dog in Manhattan is @ Harry & Ida's

This isn't a hot dog. It's a pastrami sandwich on a long roll.

http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/gru...

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Correction: That's their pastrami sandwich.

This is their "hot dog" - http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/gru...

Thanks to Dave Cook for pointing this out.
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"Along with the pantry goods, there's also a tight sandwich menu, featuring four standbys and a couple of seasonal specials down the line, which leans heavily on the traditional foods of the Northeast. Think smoked bluefish and (soon) smoked eel, a kind of riff on the Italian combo, and pastrami made using his great-grandparents' recipe. (In keeping with a no-waste ethos, scraps from that pastrami will be used to make a hot dog.) Though the point of Harry & Ida's is the homemade products, the team will carry a variety of goods from mostly local producers, as well. Expect cured meats from West Loop Salumi (with some exclusive collaborations), homeopathic medicines from Violet Hill Farms, and a grain section, featuring farro, polenta, and yellow coarse grits from Anson Mills (which is exciting, since the revered South Carolina mill's products are still tough to track down in New York). There will also be plenty of foraged goods, with a whole section devoted to dried wild seaweeds right now — though Horowitz is quick to say that he wants the place to constantly evolve.

"The most fun layer is just not knowing," Horowitz says. "We'll use whatever product comes up or we think is underutilized, like eel or bluefish, it'll all be exploratory." "

I guess we can expect eel hot dogs later this summer.

Article - http://www.grubstreet.com/2015/06/har...

Jun 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Never mind.

Jun 18, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

PLEASE STOP ASKING About a Survey

Me too.

Jun 18, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

PLEASE STOP ASKING About a Survey

"Thanks, we've confirmed this has been fixed and you shouldn't see the survey more than once per session."

Pat, why would we be asked to take the same survey every day?

I occasionally take surveys on other websites and they're only presented once.

Jun 18, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

7 maps and charts that explain the looming egg crisis everyone will soon be talking about

And the great Sriracha crisis of 2 years ago.

All of them signs that we are coming to the end of days.

Jun 17, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Fried squeaky cheese curds??

Burnside, a bar in Williamsburg, serves them.

http://gothamist.com/2011/11/11/insid...

Jun 17, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan