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Jun 28, 2006 12:09 AM

Anyone been to Ghetto Gourmet?

Going this eve.....what am I in for?

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  1. No-- but i'm very curious to hear how it is. I hope you'll post after your trip!

    1. I'll be there too. I wonder how many of us there are. I've heard nothing but good things. Curious to hear what you think as well.

      1. I can't wait to hear! Please post.

        1. Went last night and here's what I thought: the concept is great. It's NOT a new one, however, so the copious reiterations of the "quirkiness" and "novelty" of having a chef cook in a home for a group of relative strangers looking for culinary adventure was gratuitous/annoying/innaccurate. The host kept declaring us diners "revolutionaries." Aside from the Burning Man-esque vibe (of which I am obviously not a fan), the experience was interesting and worthwhile (in terms of cost: $40, and things unquantifiable) The appetizer was a delicious toast with artichoke and lemon - more of an amuse given it's single-bite size and the bright flavor that awakened the palate. The salad was similarly complex and satisfying, with goat chesse "ravioli" made of thinly sliced beets. The main course was a white fish cooked in leaf (banana?) with a bergamot oil that is better suited for things not eaten (ie. perfume or soap). But the grain upon which the overly fragranced (but ender-flavored and over-cooked) fish sat was perfectly cooked to retain its texture and held together with something creamy but not overwhelming. It was like a hearty risotto with lemony kick. The dessert was unforgiveable unless your second grader made it, or you are stoned and in search of chocolate - any thing chocolate. Chocolate brownie bites next to a chocate pastry shell (store bought I'm pretty sure) filled with whipped cream.
          The food was generous and clearly well-thought out (except for the dessert), and I hesitate to judge the experience given those efforts. On the other hand, I've been to other underground dinners in New York over the years where the food spoke for itself and the hosts didn't need to over-explain the experience. Somehow, belaboring the point that something is "unconventional" renders it less cutting edge, less anti-convention and way too self-conscious. Some other plusses: seeing a fantastic apartment, talking to some interesting people, making out with the cute organizer in town from Nashville (just kidding. really.)

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          1. re: dessertfirst

            Interesting post. Thanks for sharing. That dessert sounds pathetic.

            1. re: dessertfirst

              Thanks for the write up. This is kind of what I was expecting. The "burning man"/"let's talk about how great we are for doing this" aspect of the website put me off and I was afraid the meal would have the same atmosphere. That said, I'll keep an eye on the website and maybe attend if the visiting chef seems interesting.

            2. I was thinking of attending this, but upon further consideration I was really put off by the notion of something calling itself "ghetto" and charging $40 a head for dinner.