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  • GLENDA Oct 27, 1998 11:37 AM
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HELP - MY BOSS WILL BE IN NEW YORK ON NEW YEARS EVE TO
BE A PART OF THE TIME SQUARE CELEBRATIONS - I NEED THE
NAME OF SOME RESTUARANTS TO CALL FOR RESERVATIONS
LOCATED RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THE "BALL
DROPPING"FESTIVITIES - YOUR HELP WILL BE MOST
APPRECIATED..... THANKS G.

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    jonathan gold

    Your boss? Or as you might put it,
    YOURBOSS? You go right ahead and tell him
    that the Times Square Sbarro's is the
    finest Italian restaurant in all Manhattan,
    and that he'd be a fool to miss out.

    Unless, of course, he'd like to experience
    the New York New Years Eve tradition that
    IS Tad's Steaks.

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    1. re: jonathan gold

      I recall the first time I posted to this site and it
      was with great trepidation. I wasn't quite sure how it
      worked but I remembered something that Jim Leff had
      written regarding all caps and how it looked like the
      writer was shouting. I think I actually started my
      message over three or four times before deciding it was
      suitable to be read by Chowdom.

      I do wish I had a few suggestions for the Boss in Times
      Square, but I don't. Her request seems sincere to me.
      Maybe someone has an idea or two that won't end up
      getting her fired.

      1. re: pat hammond

        Glenda's boss is nuts, but she's just doing her job. A zagats or nytimes data base search could turn up other choices, but my outdated zagats book shows something called Foley's Fish House, which is said to have a spectacular view of Times Square. There is also the REVOLVING (?!) restaurant on top of the hideous Marriot Marquis called, I think The View. Maybe the Boss would like Virgils BBQ or even the Official Allstar Cafe.

        1. re: jen kalb
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          Frank Language

          A restaurant in Times Square I've actually spent New
          Year's Eve at is the West Bank Cafe, located at 407
          West 42nd street (9th Avenue); the phone number is 695-
          6909. I suppose it's really Hell's Kitchen, being at
          9th Avenue, but believe me, you'll be close enough to
          the action; any closer to Times Square on that night,
          and they'll rope you off and you'll be stuck anyway.
          (P.S. - The food's pretty good there, the last time I
          had it.)

      2. re: jonathan gold

        Hey Jonathan -- I've been told that Sbarro's pizzas
        taste pretty good to severely inebriated people. LOL !!
        And hey, how could you leave out The Olive Garden ?

        1. re: jonathan gold

          Hey, I get it -- you mean that any bozo who's
          pedestrian enough to want to rub shoulders with the hoi
          polloi in Times Square on New Year's Eve, rather than
          scouring the outer reaches of the city for authentic
          dining experiences like a hip, in-the-know chowhound,
          is surely the kind of dimwitted rube who deserves to
          eat at Sbarro's. Ho ho! That'll teach that philistine
          to post an innocent request for a suggestion.

          1. re: Chris E.

            Hee hee. If there's gotta be a flame war on the site, I
            couldn't ask for one that's funnier and more literate.

            Your defense (and everyone else's, too) of the original
            message poster is appropriate: the last thing any of us
            wants is for new people to feel too intimidated to
            share their finds or their queries (it would help if I
            had time to reply more and make newcomers feel
            welcome). I myself vastly prefer a "show-you-a-better-
            way" initiative to a "we know food and you don't"
            attitude.

            But while you've definitely got a point, you're
            probably pretty far off your mark in suggesting it's
            the shoulder-rubbing with the hoi polloi that turns
            Jonathan off about Times Square New Years. It's the
            suffocating size and danger of that particular crowd
            rather than its commonness that makes it an
            unattractive New Year's option.

            And one thing about your message bugged me: anyone who
            does chowhounding to feel hip or elite is deluding her/
            himself. Chowhounding is exhilarating, transporting,
            and rewarding, but it's about as populist an activity
            as one imagine. It's the very opposite of elitism. You
            can, of course, make an argument about REVERSE-elitism,
            but that sort of thing is an understandable backlash in
            a town where there are sooo many people (themselves
            considered by society to be "The Hip" and "The
            Elite"...the hoi polloi eats at Red Lobster) who feel
            that if you haven't eaten expensive famous food in
            Midtown you simply haven't dined.

            Anyway, everybody, it's ok for chowhounds to be a bit
            wise-assy; it's part of the profile. FWIW, I personally
            thought "Send 'im to Sbarro's!" was pretty
            funny...though I'm sorry the (innocent) poster had to
            be on the receiving end.

            ciao

            1. re: Jim Leff

              I don't mean to imply that chowhounding is an elite pursuit. For the record, I'm a big-time chowhound myself, and "scouring the outer boroughs in search of authentic dining experiences" happens to be my idea of a good time. That's why I'm a fan of this site. Also, personally I'd rather eat a month of Sbarro's pies than endure Times Square on New Year's Eve. But if someone else wants to go, and asks politely for a suggestion, why hit them with attitude? It smacks of, to use your word, elitism, and that's what bugged me about the posting.
              Anyway, I don't know if the original poster is still reading this, but one idea is Hansen's Times Square Brewery -- the food and the beer are reportedly pretty dismal (I've never eaten there), but if you could nab a second-floor window seat it'd make for a pretty entertaining view.

              1. re: Chris E.
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                Josh Mittleman

                If you take into account their location, with its
                unavoidable focus on tourists, Hansen's beer is pretty
                decent. Their regular brews are pretty pedestrian, but
                their specials can be rather special.

        2. First Glenda, please turn off your Caps-Lock.

          If this is your boss' idea of a fun time on New Year's
          Eve in the middle of a drunken mob, then Jonathan's
          suggestions are very appropriate. I think your boss
          is nuts, as Jan Kalb said, to want to be in Times
          Square. If he must, then her suggestions of Virgil's
          or the revolving restaurant in Marriott Marquis are
          fine.

          Some restaurants in the area even CLOSE on that night
          -- there are just too many people in the streets
          blocking access. Has he even thought about how he is
          going to get from one place to another in that crowd ?
          Please try to tell him that Time Square is the last
          place he wants to be near that night.

          If he comes to his senses, and would like saner
          choices, then I'm sure some of us will be delighted to
          help.