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Went to Wish and Wish I Had Not...

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Sigh... Eating out is becoming tiring. I am so bored with spending even $125 and not being satisfied with the meal. It's terrible that one has to SPEND in order to GET...

On the weekend, we patronized Wish, looking for a nice meal, not too expensive, near Yorkville but not Yorkville prices.

It's not that it was bad. It just wasn't that great... No WOW factor at all.

The apps were good (Shrimp Martini and Heirloom Tomato Salad) but we both had the Halibut main and it was destroyed by a sickly sweet lavender honey sauce... It was too bad because the fish itself was really nice and fresh, perfectly cooked to flaky, moist deliciousness... But that sauce... and the undercooked corn fritter with too much flour... ugh.

Not gross, just not worth the effort. Most annoying though was that in an empty room, they placed a newly arrived couple right next to us. Which is no big deal when the place is loud and busy but suddenly becomes overwhelmingly self-consciousness inducing when there is no one else in the room.

We skipped dessert.

Went over to the Four Seasons - we were going to get a drink at the bar - but then my dearest and most wonderful husband popped his head into Truffles and they were more than happy to accomodate us for dessert. In a beautiful setting, with a wonderful table and the most delectable passionfruit dessert I have ever had... We weren't dressed to the nines but never felt out of place. The service was impeccable ... as always (we have dined there before)... Okay, so dessert x2 with coffees, sparking water and a dessert wine for my husband was $70... But I spent a perfect hour and some there, capping off our evening! That, to me, is worth it.

I've come to the conclusion that I am going to eat out less, but eat out well...

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  1. don't take this the wrong way- but maybe a little more homework is in order before eating out? i'm not sure that many people would recommend the food at Wish as being special, destination-type food. It's a fun spot, particulary for cocktails in the summer, but that's about it. There are sooooo many so-so places, where you can spend $$ and get disappointing food- what led you to choose wish in the first place- did someone lead you to expect WOW food?

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    1. re: nummanumma

      Wish is in my 'hood and kinda second nummanumma that I wouldn't really think of it as a great dinner option. It's more lunch or brunch spot if you're in the area not really a destination. They do have really great eggs bene, I've had a decent but unmemorable lunch there. But wouldn't really think of going there after dark unless it was for a patio drink or some quick munchies.

      Sorry you had a bad experience but if you're in the area they do a good brunch. Even better for a quick no frills choice at Maggies across the street which is actually Michael's with the old sign that they never bothered to change. Awesome eggs bene with the option of this carrot-tomato based gypsy sauce instead of the norm.

      1. re: nummanumma

        I wasn't looking for a destination - I did my homework - I was looking for reasonable but still good near Yorkville that wasn't Italian or Caren's (done that). And yes, I was told that it was a good option for a relaxed evening in the general geography that we were looking for. By a chef no less.

        I guess I'm spoiled by a Spring trip to Paris where even the most basic bistro we went to could get it right for the right price: essentially good cooking for a price you could stomach on a regular basis.