place for a christmas party
Without sounding like I am tooting my own horn,
perhaps you'd consider Washington Place Restaurant in
the West Villiage for your X-mas party. I have been
the chef at this smallish restaurant for the last
year, and I love doing special menus for small
groups. As a chef, it allows me to offer exactly what
the customer wants, and not just the daily menu
And to anyone else in cyberfoodland, please come visit
this charming restaurant for dinner. I think that the
internet is providing folks that opportunity to share
their intimate food emotions with the world. I'd like
to hear about them in person, and possibly create some
new ones for the diners.
Could you tell us more about Washington Place?
I like your attitude about making special dishes for
groups. I think many people would feel intimidated
about making such a request.
It's nice to have some chefs on chowhound. Do you get
much time to explore other restaurants?
re: Dave Feldman
Unfortunately, my schedule prevents me from eating in
other restaurants more than once/twice a week. I do
however, take special care to note how other places
are treating their guests. I find, as a diner, I need
to be treated special, without any special treatment
given. This should be a standard practice of the so-
called "hospitality industry".
When I do eat out, I like to mix it up, from fancy,
elegant fin dining, to more or less "slumming it" for
just good grub. My favs include Gramercy Tavern and
Aquavit on the high end, to Tom's Restaurant in
Brooklyn, Jackson Diner in Queens, and Nha Trang in
At Washington Place, I am trying to create a welcoming
post-colonial feel, where guests are treated equally
special. We did manage to earn a 23 for service in
our first year, dur especially to the attention
lavished on our guests. In the kitchen, I earned a 21
in my first year as chef, which thrilled the hell out
of me as I am only 27 years young. I have got alot of
better years to come in the food world.
Over the short number of years in restaurants, I have
probably eaten over 1000 dinners at other "worthwhile"
restaurants (and maxed three credit cards too). I
continue to eat and learn both as a diner and chef.
Please come visit Washington Place to see what I can
offer for you and your friends. I'm sure to please
most diners, and the service will provide what you
need to complete satisfaction.