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One night.....too many choices!! HELP!!

it sounds like there is no question that Bouley will be a food lovers dream. will we be able to relax or is it stiff and fussy start to finish? will we be surrounded by high "pinky out" on the wine glass clientel?

Jan 07, 2008
phillygirl in Manhattan

One night.....too many choices!! HELP!!

Idia,
your 2 cents are invaluable. thanks mucho!

Jan 06, 2008
phillygirl in Manhattan

One night.....too many choices!! HELP!!

thanks so much for your comments RCC!! one more to add to my list.....what about Veritas?? so far it sounds like Crispo is the place for us as we are an informal group that wants to hang out and relax and enjoy great food without pretense. for any houndie that cares to.....please comment on Veritas. thanks!

Jan 06, 2008
phillygirl in Manhattan

One night.....too many choices!! HELP!!

Lucia,
can you comment further on Bouley?? have you been there recently for dinner? would love to know why you think it's in a different league.......food wise. thanks!

Jan 05, 2008
phillygirl in Manhattan

One night.....too many choices!! HELP!!

my husband and I are meeting our best friends for dinner in Feb. we have reservations at the following restaurants......The Orchard, Bouley, Stanton Social and Crispo. out of these 4, can you please comment on which one and why any of these would be your top choice? i have a feeling that we can't go wrong with any of them but having never been to any of these and open for all kinds of food and atmosphere.... making the decision is pretty hard. please help me out fellow chowhounders!! thanks.
PhillyGirl

Jan 05, 2008
phillygirl in Manhattan

TRE SCALINI,South Philly

hi saturninus, we did ask the maitre de right before our salads came out what the delay was........we did not get a clear answer.....nor did our waiter come to our table after that to explain. like I said earlier, our waiter basically disowned us for some unknown reason. no one came to our table to refill a wine glass, water glass or refill the bread basket once. we were so engrossed in each others stories etc. that we really didn't take note until we finally looked at our watches and realized it was almost 90 minutes that we'd been seated and our appetizers were nowhere to be seen. i feel like the restaurant owes us a phone call to explain what happened. had we stayed, our bill would have included 18% gratuity because we were a party of six or more. how would we have felt at that point??? what did our waiter do to earn that kind of tip??? absolutely nothing.........at least if he had serviced us during our 90 minutes and if the salads had been worthy, maybe we would have stuck it out.

Nov 12, 2007
phillygirl in Pennsylvania

TRE SCALINI,South Philly

hi Pamd, thanks for your post. ironically, good friends of one of the couples we were with last night was there as well at the same time as us! we didn't see them but spoke to them this morning and they said that they too had to wait a very long time and received dessert and coffee on the house because of the delay. they did say that the food was outstanding and that they'd return. I'm so bummed because we waited a month for this night out at Tre and not getting to try the food was really a disappointment. i'm very surprised that they have not called me to explain or apologize. i know they have my phone number because they called during the day to confirm our party of six.

Nov 11, 2007
phillygirl in Pennsylvania

TRE SCALINI,South Philly

I can't tell you how the food is at this restaurant because we walked out before our meal arrived..........yes, that's right....my husband and I and 4 food loving, hungry friends left after waiting two hours for our APPETIZERS!! not our main course..........just our salads!! how can this be you say?? we don't know because we never saw our waiter again after placing our order. this is a BYO and he never even came back to refill our glasses. I guess you could say this is not just a byo but possibly a cook your own and then serve your own kind of place because we didn't see any signs of cooking and serving by the staff go on for the two hours we were seated and we were next to the kitchen. we had a reservation for 7:30 and yes, we arrived at 7:30 on the nose. the good news was, our table was waiting for us. we were greeted by the waiter who gave us our menus and promptly took our orders. what happened after that is anyones guess. the table next to us arrived just after us and they too sat and sat and wondered "Where's the food"?? I suppose you could say they were busy but for a Sat. night but it was not unusual for what we thought was a recommended spot by the oh so in the know Mr.Craig LeBain of the Philadelphia Inquirer. at 9:20 our salads arrived and I have to say my ceasar salad was mostly salt with some wilty greens and salty croutons. we finally made the decision that if that's what the rest of the meal would consist of we may as well call it a night and save our money. we corked our wines and headed for the door. no one stopped us or tried to apologize. we headed to Mara's down the street and had our pizzas and mussels on our table by 10 pm. I can say the pizza was wonderful but I wouldn't drive 50 minutes in from the suburbs, pay the babysitter $40 dollars for the 5 hours we were out to eat pizza in the city........maybe if it was Pine Street Pizza.

Nov 11, 2007
phillygirl in Pennsylvania

vegas for first time...must eat at (your top 5 please)

well after reviewing your web site Larry...........who needs Zagats or Frommers?? you've provided an amazing resource for people like me...thanks so much and I'll be sure to keep checking in..........if you haven't already been to Philly.........it's worth a trip.........the food is ever improving.......Reading Terminal especially fun to visit with kids.........so much more than I could write in this small space........thanks,PhillyGirl

Jul 28, 2007
phillygirl in Southwest

vegas for first time...must eat at (your top 5 please)

would love to read your reviews after your visit over Labor Day.

Jul 27, 2007
phillygirl in Southwest

vegas for first time...must eat at (your top 5 please)

would love to read your report once you get back from your lastest trip to Vegas. i didn't ask this in my general question section but how far in advance do you make your reservations? are they tough to get a few weeks ahead or do you make months in advance?? thanks again,

Jul 27, 2007
phillygirl in Southwest

vegas for first time...must eat at (your top 5 please)

my husband and I are going to Vegas to see Celine in Dec. we're staying at the Bellagio for 3 nights. If you had only one visit to Vegas......what would your 5 restaurants for dinner be if you had to pick regardless of cuisine theme? what about lunch? we're interested in staying on the strip unless there's a destination that you consider a must if you could only go to Vegas once in your life. thanks!!

Jul 24, 2007
phillygirl in Southwest