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May 21, 2008 02:57 PM

Does no one care that Florent is closing?

Did I just miss it, or has no one yet posted the news that Florent is closing? I would have expected to have read it here first, but I first learned with I read Frank Bruni's wonderful article about the place in this morning's NYTimes:

It's worth reading, even if you're not a Bruni fan.

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    1. re: small h

      Yep--it has been reported for a few months now. And, I care too. I haven't made it back for my last visit yet, but I will soon.

    2. i never was so sure what the big deal was with florent. average food and ordinary service...

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      1. re: jsmitty

        I mean, it's a diner, so I don't go expecting great culinary feats. But it's a diner where food is reliably good quality, price is reasonable, hours are convenient, and atmosphere is fun.

        1. re: Lucia

          i'll give u that :). i have no real objection with florent

          1. re: jsmitty

            Sometimes there's more to a place than quantifiable things like food and service. Florent is one example of that. There's more involved in having a good - and memorable - time than what's on the plate.

            1. re: small h

              of course i get that..i recognize it's convensince and appeal, but i never felt a comfortable vibe there

              1. re: jsmitty

                I agree. Went there many years ago, about 10 pm on a weekend, and it was filled with obnoxious suburbanites. The food was forgettable. We could not understand what the appeal was.

                1. re: rrems

                  You shouldn't have gone so early.

      2. We just moved to NYC less than a year ago, but we went to Florent because we've been trying to visit different neighborhoods' restaurants. I read in Time Out in February that it was closing, so I went to see how it was.

        We had an absolutely delightful time, and I wish I'd been many more times.

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        1. re: alysonlaurel

          YES, I CARE! I went here all the time years ago when I passed by that area regularly. Had lots of great dinners there, and it was more than a diner to us.
          I had heard about their plan to close (probably on this site) a few weeks ago and probably repressed it. Very upsetting indeed!

        2. No more boudin noir blind drunk at 5 in morning? yes I care, it makes me sad.

          1. I care, a lot
            it's very sad
            was there the other night for a reliable burger. sat next to two local elderly ladies who said they used to come in regularly for a "working women's" lunch. the great thing about Florent was that the definition of working women was never a fixed thing.
            going to be sorely missed.