I just found out that Montrachet is being renovated, and therefore will not be open next Monday for their weekly "no corkage" night. Does anyone have any suggestions for a Monday BYOB (good wine) restaurant destination (or even, low corkage)? I know Tartine is closed on Monday; Ivo and Lulu is a bit too down-market and noisy for what I'm looking for. Ideally a reservations place, since we will be a party of 6. Could be a new restaurant without a license?
Thank you VERY MUCH for all of your responses. I also found the Beer Advocate site and was thinking of getting the opinion of the beer lovers on that site.
I have a question for all of you beer drinkers out there -- how do you categorize the beers that you drink, from good, better, best? For example, do you think:
-- Domestic beer is good, imported beer is better?
I am trying to understand the thought-process that people go through when selecting and differentiating among beers. I don't actually really drink beer, so I can't figure this out, and unfortunately, need to understand this pretty quickly for some research I am doing.
Also, how would you categorize the following beer brands: Budweiser, Miller, Heineken, Chimay, Brooklyn Brewery, Ommegang?
Thanks a lot for your help!!!!
Babbo has several tables in the front that are open for walk-ins, so you might just want to wait at the bar.
Some other Italian places to consider are: Peasant in Nolita, Aroma in the East Village, Crispo on 14th street, Lupa in Village (also Batali), Po in Village.
I've been to the previous incarnation of TR on 1st St, was wondering if it's as good as before
I went last night to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons, and overall, was very disappointed. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but my friends in Paris and those who have been to the one in Las Vegas had raved about the food. Perhaps also I had ordered the wrong dishes, but there were other problems beyond the food.
We arrived at 930 on Friday night, and the restaurant was half empty. In fact, by the time we left at 1100, we were the last diners there, and the wait and kitchen staff were huddled in the corner of the open kitchen waiting for us to leave.
Note: we sat at the counter, and ordered a la carte (tasting menu is $160 pp, which isn't outrageous but we wanted to try different items). Had 5 small plates and 1 large: iberian ham with bruschetta; sardines tart with parmesan shavings and baby basil; tuna belly with olive oil; cod in broth with vegetables and wonton skin; grilled vegetables with buffalo mozzarella; (large) steak tartare with hand-cut fries.
Here were the pros and cons of my experience:
1. Stale, old bread basket with mediocre bread, although they were cute and small rolls
service and decor:
1. The Captain had only tried 2 dishes (the cod and the iberian ham), and kept saying, "Yes, actually that is one of the dishes I've tried..."
1. The waitstaff, I believe, recognizes that there are glitches, given how new the restaurant is. They were very open to receiving feedback, and were gracious about it.
I hope that these problems were just a function of a bad (slow) night, and new restaurant jitters. However, for those prices, I would rather go elsewhere (or have 2 great meals at less pricey places).