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John Speer Feb 3, 1999 07:11 PM

Went to this joint (6 St. bet. Aves A and B) recently after reading positive reviews elsewhere. Especially about the super-friendly staff. Must be a code term
for attitudinal I guess.
The food was basically tasteless -- the couple at the next table questioned their meal after trying it as I did. The beer list is poor.
As a real kicker, they allow smoking in such a small cramped place.

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    rebecca Feb 3, 1999 08:10 PM

    I agree completely!! Totally overrated, not even that
    good, and the smoking, with attitude, is the bad icing
    on the cake.

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      John Speer Feb 4, 1999 07:10 AM

      Thanks for the backup on this one, Rebecca! Kinda puts a sizeable dent in Zagat's credibility...Anyone in the area should head for 85 Down instead. I've never been to nearby Opaline; however, I've heard that the food doesn't come close to 85D's.

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        Josh Mittleman Feb 4, 1999 01:36 PM

        Zagat doesn't try to be credible; they simply try to
        reflect popular opinion. If lots of people who like a
        place send them reviews, then it gets a high rating,
        regardless of any other consideration. Zagat is a fine
        guide if you take it for what it is; but useless if you
        expect it to be anything else. I've found that its
        reliability varies from one part of the city to
        another. In the theater district, for example, it's
        pretty reliable at rating the food. In fashionable
        areas where a restaurant's popularity is based more on
        the fad-du-jour than on the quality of the food (the
        Upper East Side, Chelsea), I've found it less useful.

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          Barbara S Feb 9, 1999 06:21 PM

          Good comment, Josh, I hadn't picked up on the
          neighborhood vs. reliability link. One thing I look
          for (and maybe this is obvious) when using Zagat is the
          relative "gushy" quality to the comments included in
          the blurb. If they mention the room or the crowd or
          the attitude or the color of the clothes and don't
          mention the food, well.......

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            Jim Leff Feb 9, 1999 10:31 PM

            "One thing I look for (and maybe this is obvious) when using Zagat is the relative "gushy" quality to the comments included in the blurb. If they mention the room or the crowd or the attitude or the color of the clothes and don't mention the food, well"

            But that's mostly a function of whoever's choosing the quotes.

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