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CHers recommending restaurants that they have never been to....I don't get it?

I frequently see posters recommending restaurants that they have never been to. I find this odd.

If you haven't been there would you recommend?

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    1. Yes. But I would let the reader know that I haven't been there. I write "I've heard that...", "Many have posted about...", or " <name of restaurant> is usually recommended.."

      1. While the intent isn't malicious or meant to ruse, I think part of it is that some CHers just want someone to validate/invalidate a claim. As if to say, "No I haven't been there, but I want you to go so that you can tell us about it."

        But no, I would never recommend a restaurant in which I hadn't dined.

        1. I don't think I have ever done so, but occasionally I'm tempted when someone posts a specific request that hasn't received any replies yet, and I know a restaurant that fits the requirement.

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          1. re: Dave Feldman

            I've done the same. If a post sits without replies for a few days I'll throw in a possibility, and qualify it by stating that I've never been. I figure half a rec is better than no rec at all.

            1. re: Morton the Mousse

              Same here. Occasionally, I'll recommend a place that fits a requestor's specific needs, even if I have not yet had a chance to visit. The recommendation is based on reviews I have read, accounts from trusted friends, or postings from other CH threads. I think it's better sometimes than letting someone go away without any response. As with Morton above, I always try to make it clear that the referral is based on research or hearsay rather than personal experience.

              1. re: silverbear

                Thanks for your explanations.....I really couldn't figure this one out.

                My next pet peeve on the Manahattan board..."What's your favorite burger joint?" and the infamous "Where to get good Dim Sum".....I really do laugh when I see new posts like this pop up on a daily basis.

          2. If I haven't been there but know someone I trust who has, I might report their impressions as such. However, if someone asks about TGIF or Applebee's I don't think I have to take that bullet to know it's not a good idea.