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taboo Feb 28, 2008 11:46 AM

Has anyone been? I am going tonight. What is the attire and the best thing to order. Thanks

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    small h Feb 28, 2008 01:01 PM

    I am DYING to hear your report. I went there once about 8 years ago, and the food was disastrous from start to finish. Drowned salads, stale bread. My poached salmon smelled so vile I had trouble sitting near it - eating it was out of the question. It was a group dinner and sending back food would have insulted the host. Wishing you much better luck.

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      MMRuth Feb 28, 2008 01:07 PM

      I've always wondered too. Friends went last fall with some "regulars" and said the veal chop was v. good, but incredibly expensive.

    2. Bob Martinez Feb 28, 2008 01:02 PM

      Don't go. Really.

      The food is adequate. The steak is a safe bet but you can get similar steaks in hundreds of places around the city. The last time I was there about 3 years ago the place still had all it's pay phones from the 1970s. The most exotic beer they served was Heineken. Are you getting the picture now? The place is a time warp.

      If you're still determined to go, business casual would work just fine.

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        taboo Feb 29, 2008 06:36 AM

        Here is my report from last night. The patrons were interesting..a very eclectic crowd of actors (Sopranos, Tony Danza, and even a drag queen). Very crowded and talked with Elaine herself. We all knew the food would not be good, but it was average. Appetizers were the shrimp cocktail, fried calamari, smoked salmon. Main course (I learned from a partron that you can just order and they will make it for you) was a grilled salmon with veggies, Pasta Primavera (not so good) and a risotto. Dessert was the creme brulee and the chocolate cheesecake. We had 2 bottles of wine and sambuca after the meal. All in all, I would NEVER run back for the food, but the overall environment made it fun.

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          MMRuth Feb 29, 2008 06:44 AM

          Thanks for letting us know! Any idea what the tab was?

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            taboo Feb 29, 2008 06:58 AM

            I never saw the bill....sorry

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              MMRuth Feb 29, 2008 09:26 AM

              The funny thing to me is that my friends went with a couple of which the wife is a famous cookbook author, and she loves going there! I think it is v. pricey from what I recall from seeing the menu.

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                taboo Feb 29, 2008 09:49 AM

                Well we had 2 bottles of wine which were $95, but they had ones priced at $30. Also, the food was about $25/entree

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