As you know, I'm older than dirt, maybe even older than you, David. I've been to some opulent restaurants, probably hundreds of well reviewed restaurants (oh, ok, ok, many dozens), more hundreds of, mmm, adventurous playful restaurants, more hundreds of hole in the wall places of which some portion were plain fabulous, and other restaurants just trying to get along. (think, way too much money spent on food...)
What is the deal,
decor and snobism is the key?
The deal is HEDONISM
, Osso, to wit:
cramming as much JOY
into your lifetime
as u possibly CAN
. The deal is to be as GOOD
to your senses of SIGHT
, of SOUND
and of MIND
(with best wishes to Rod Serling, Esq.) as u possibly CAN
The deal is to have as much FUN
, as u possibly CAN
, consistent with reasonable security.
I say this because there was a decimating review of some italian restaurant in NYC within,
oh, the last eight months, in the NYT, making fun of all who went there
for the opulence and bad food.
What he had in mind qua "bad food" is open to conjecture.
Was it rotten?
Did the owner refuse
to come to an understanding with him ?
Or, do you like serenity? quiet?
Well, enuf to hold a peaceful conversation; semi-humorous anecdote:
when I began my SIG, about 30 years ago, I put it into my own favorite
opulent restaurants. When those were exhausted (not to over-use them),
I tested some new ones, before deeming them to be opulent.
I subsequently tested Petrosian on 58th St, for lunch, after court
one day. It passed the test. I put my SIG in there for dinner.
I was distraught at how loud it was; the acoustics were terrible.
We had about 25 of my people in there, who found the need
to raise their voices to be heard in conversation. 3 times, I had
to rise and ask them to lower their voices: futile.
I abandoned use of it for several years.
(The acoustics have since improved.)
I abandoned use of the backyard garden of Tavern on the Green
when it began loud dance music every nite in summertime.
Sad; it was otherworldly special back there, b4 thay began
all that noise. Its out of business now.
I 'm e z to get along with, as a general rule.
If the service is within reason
: that 's OK.
When the service is by a cute, perky, imaginative college girl,
I have had no problem in tipping 300% or more.
Beg pardon, this is surely a tangent.
David and I can argue this elsewhere, Boom.
edits, I should open a thread for talking about that...
That 's OK, Osso. I began this thread in commenting upon my failure
to think fast enuf
to competently address a restaurant-related
human interest situation. I don 't consider anything that u
wrote to be off topic, but if u begin that thread,
I will be happy to post to it. Shoud be interesting