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Thomas Keller Agrees to Pay $500,000 to Settle Per Se Tipping Allegations

"So in the case of Per Se, the attorney general found that in 2011, when the new law went into effect, the restaurant didn't update the language in its private dining agreements to reflect the fact that the service charge was being used as an administrative fee for the general operation of the restaurant."

Where's the complexity in that?

about 2 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Thomas Keller Agrees to Pay $500,000 to Settle Per Se Tipping Allegations

Isn't the simple question whether management took part of the service charge, regardless of whether in private events or any other situation? What's complicated about not taking any part of the service charge?

about 2 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Thomas Keller Agrees to Pay $500,000 to Settle Per Se Tipping Allegations

What's so difficult about allocating each service charge to the staff? The math of service charges is hardly arcane tax law.

about 4 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Thomas Keller Agrees to Pay $500,000 to Settle Per Se Tipping Allegations

If he wasn't tip-stealing, I don't think he would have agreed to this settlement.

about 6 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Armenian in Glendale

I know Khachapuri as Georgian. Is it also Armenian?

about 9 hours ago
Pan in Los Angeles Area

Thomas Keller Agrees to Pay $500,000 to Settle Per Se Tipping Allegations

What is it with these rich chef-owners? First Batali and now Keller, and Keller put so much fanfare into his service charge included business. These people are contemptible [expletive deleted, so the post won't be removed].

about 9 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan
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Surprisingly disappointed at Katz's

The change to 50 was over 2 months after the original post.

Why is anyone assuming Lady Grey gave no notice to the restaurant about the number of diners?

I'll say this: I was part of a party of something like 15 at Katz's quite a few years ago. I don't know if someone reserved in advance; I think not, actually. And it was very good. But there's a big difference between 15 and 50, and I've never been to that large a party at Katz's.

about 9 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

Armenian in Glendale

That's definitely of interest to us!

1 day ago
Pan in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Super. I think a Persian lunch and some bakery goods to go would be perfect for us.

1 day ago
Pan in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

I don't assume either way. There are people from the Caucusus in Moscow, for example. I'm no expert on Armenian or Soviet history, but I am a geography buff from way back and do have some general historical knowledge about the area.

1 day ago
Pan in Los Angeles Area

Hot Kitchen in Flushing

Good.

I just realized, this is at the former Little Pepper location in Flushing, so presumably, Little Pepper is still operating on College Point Blvd.

1 day ago
Pan in Outer Boroughs

Private room for dinner 40 people

Is that place good in general? What do you like there?

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Hot Kitchen in Flushing

I have to wonder whether this is a branch of Hot Kitchen on 2nd Av. near 6th St. in the East Village, which while certainly acceptable to me as a neighborhood restaurant is way inferior to Little Pepper.

1 day ago
Pan in Outer Boroughs

Best $50 mid-week lunch

In addition to all the suggestions you've been given, consider the possibility of an a la carte meal of several smaller courses at Momofuku Ssam Bar. Definitely not the luxe atmosphere of Jean Georges, but some high-quality stuff.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Armenian in Glendale

Did that second group go to Russia or just speak Russian because they came from the former Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, which is now independent?

1 day ago
Pan in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

That sounds great for lunch. My girlfriend will probably want something other than beef tongue, though. Do you have a 2nd-favorite sandwich there?

1 day ago
Pan in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Thanks. We probably will want to hit a Persian restaurant during our stay in LA (we'll be in different parts of LA for 5-6 days on this trip), probably in "Tehrangeles". Does anyone have a recommendation for a particularly good one? Last time, we relied on Yelp and did fine with that.

I guess I should ask everyone: Is there an Armenian place that concentrates on Armenian specialties or at least has a clearly Armenian taste, or should we just go with really good Levantine food? Last time I was in LA, we spent our last night in El Segundo to be close to LAX and had a great dinner at Hummus House: http://hummus-house.com/

Not Armenian, I believe, but great food.

1 day ago
Pan in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

So Raffi's for Armenian/Persian or Carousel for Armenian/Lebanese seem to be getting the most positive mentions in this thread. Have you two been to Raffi's? Any feelings about it? I don't mind the idea of going to a place where I can get both Persian and Armenian food, because in New York, we don't have great Persian food and don't have any Armenian restaurants I know of (maybe there's one somewhere in Queens or Brooklyn).

2 days ago
Pan in Los Angeles Area

My review on Michelin 3 Star and other restaurants after taking a "tour" for a month

Thanks, that's really helpful.

What was lacking in the wild mushrooms dish?

Also, how salty is the sea urchin dish? I'm unfamiliar with oscetra caviar, but some caviar I've tried was way too salty for me to enjoy.

Jul 01, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

BROOKLYN/QUEENS-LITTLE ITALY

I wouldn't trust 12-year-old information.

Jun 29, 2015
Pan in Outer Boroughs

My review on Michelin 3 Star and other restaurants after taking a "tour" for a month

Just a little joke. Of course it isn't a dirty job.

Jun 29, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

My review on Michelin 3 Star and other restaurants after taking a "tour" for a month

I definitely disagree with that.

I still remember a 3-star lunch I had at Grand Vefour in Paris. It was not one of the very greatest meals of my life, but there were some great highlights (the cheese course, in particular, was a revelation) and it was a great experience.

Jun 29, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

My review on Michelin 3 Star and other restaurants after taking a "tour" for a month

Thanks for that detailed report. Much appreciated.

I was disappointed with Bouley many years ago, but on the strength of your report and other recommendations I've been reading on this board, I think I will go there for a celebratory lunch at some point.

Jun 29, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

In addition, I understand that the IRS and New York State assume they are getting at least 15% in tips and penalize them if they don't factor that into their declared income.

Jun 27, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

The Clocktower

Nice photos.

This restaurant is listed as "British" on Yelp. Is it in fact British, and if so, how?

Jun 27, 2015
Pan in Manhattan

Armenian in Glendale

I really do want a recommendation of your favorite Armenian restaurant that's actually good. We don't have Armenian food in New York that I know of. So no, I'm not looking for someplace that's merely cheap, fast and decent.

Armenian in Glendale

Thanks a lot. It seems pretty informative.

I remember my Armenian-American friend made wonderful dolmas that had different filling (different herbs, etc.) than any others I'd had before or since. Do any of these places have particularly good dolmas?

Jun 27, 2015
Pan in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

Thanks. I notice the 1st listing is a chainlet "that specializes in dinner as entertainment". Are they ordered starting with the best food, or do you figure there's another basis for the order?

Jun 27, 2015
Pan in Los Angeles Area

Armenian in Glendale

We might visit Pasadena, so a lunch or dinner there in that case would kill two birds with one stone.

Jun 27, 2015
Pan in Los Angeles Area

NYC report - mostly cheap bites (June 2015)

At BCD, you should ask for your soondubu at the "danger" spiciness level. I don't think you'll find that bland.

Jun 26, 2015
Pan in Manhattan