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BREAD and BUTTER IS IT REALLY THAT BAD?

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Fleur Mar 3, 2010 01:29 PM

We have been wanting to try BREAD and BUTTER on Henry Street (formerly LE PETIT MARCHE). We were planning to go this weekend, but after the really bad review in the NY Times, we are reconsidering. What is your experience?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/03/din...

Has anyone had an experience different from that of the reviewer? The picture in the paper looks delicious, but the descriptions of insipid, oversalted and banal food at not so reasonable prices makes one wonder.

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    pookie77 RE: Fleur Mar 3, 2010 04:16 PM

    I ate there on Valentine's day and thought it was delightful. It was a pre-fixed menu so it was a slightly different dining experience than picking off their regular menu but everything was pretty good. Nothing mind-blowing but it was a wonderful meal and great place for a date...except that the tables are kind of close together.

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      bobjbkln RE: pookie77 Mar 3, 2010 07:39 PM

      Did you miss this review? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/692076 it was posted just a few hours before your query.

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        Fleur RE: bobjbkln Mar 3, 2010 09:11 PM

        Thanks Bobj. I missed that. I always like LPM. I thought the food was authentic, and very nicely presented. However, the hovering presence of the intrusive owner was always a negative.

        We'll give it a shot. I love the good old American classic comfort foods, but do you think this is just a more expensive versions of Bubby's? For Fried Chicken, we still love HENRY'S END . Same price.

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          lazylghtng RE: Fleur Mar 4, 2010 06:42 AM

          Thanks, Bob -- that was my post. I suppose I can cross-post it here.

          Fleur -- please take this with a grain of salt, but may I humbly suggest editing your header? Maybe to "Bread & Butter? Deserving of NYT Slam?" or something more objective??

          At present, the header has a negative spin and suggests much more displeasure from the masses than just Sifton's lone review. Of course, I totally understand the NYT context, but it doesn't read that way to the uninformed....rather it reads as if this place truly sucks and lots of folks have jumped on that bandwagon. I don't think that is the case, though.

          Obviously, I like B&B, and others don't -- or won't once they get there...if at all. Still, the jury is out. I fear this header makes a strong case to dissuade folks from going at all to see for themselves. And, fwiw, I have zero stake in their success other than living close by and liking what I've experienced so far. Not off the charts, but a good joint none the less.

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            Fleur RE: lazylghtng Mar 4, 2010 05:03 PM

            Point taken. But I, as well as many others, use CH to cross check with restaurant reviews, Zagat etc.

            As for "giving it a chance", with Fried Chicken at $18, I am not interested in experimenting. I will grant you that people's tastes vary, but cold Cornbread and oversalted Gravy don't exactly fall in that category.

            We have had great restaurant experiences using the doiuble check w. CH system,. Prices are too high these days to experiment when so many do not recommend the place.
            Is Buttermilk Channel a better place in the same genre?

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              Steve R RE: Fleur Mar 4, 2010 06:15 PM

              No comparison. Buttermilk Channel is much better.

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                bobjbkln RE: Fleur Mar 4, 2010 07:00 PM

                Don't know B & B (although we really liked LPM). However we were really impressed with Buttermilk Channel. Only problem was that then menu was quite small.

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                  lazylghtng RE: Fleur Mar 5, 2010 05:57 PM

                  I'll stick with my points expressed earlier -- I think the thread is unfairly negative and misleading in the header. Whatever.

                  FWIW, "experimenting" with the fried chicken at B&B is no different than anywhere else in the nabe based on price point: Henry's End is $19, $18 at Buttermilk Channel, and $16 at Bubby's. Incidentally, my father-in-law loved the fried chicken.

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                    phantomdoc RE: Fleur Mar 6, 2010 05:51 PM

                    Go ahead and try it. If you do not like it, send it back and let them know why. Too many people just get stuck, pay for the meal and leave without a word. If it's good, tell them that too. When I took a tour of the CIA Upstate NY the grad conducting the tour told us that a restaurant would much rather replace a less than satisfactory meal then suffer the bad publicity of a non satisfied patron. They will tell 2 friends who will tell 2 friends..etc.

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