- GLENDA Oct 27, 1998 11:37 AM
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.
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.
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.
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 A zagats or nytimes data base search could turn up other choices, but my outdated zagats book shows something called Foley's Fish House, which is said to have a spectacular view of Times Square.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.
re: jen kalb
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
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.
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"
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.
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.
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
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