I was surprised to see Kin Shop on Blackboard Eats for lunch. My wife got the code and we decided to go Saturday for lunch as the deal was about to expire. We really enjoyed our dinner there a few weeks ago and it seemed like a great lunch spot for a nice Saturday afternoon.
When we arrived, we were seated and then told to save the certificate for another time as we weren't able to use it on a prix-fixe menu ($50). No problem, we intended to order off the regular menu. 'We aren't offering that today because Harold is actually in the kitchen cooking so we have only the special menu.'
I don't mind spending $100 for lunch for the two of us for lunch but I probably wouldn't choose to do it at Kin Shop. Also, I am not one who cares at all whether a celebrity chef is in the kitchen as I assume they usually are not with only s few exceptions. It's fun to spot Jean Georges or Batali but I don't expect them to be making my dishes most nights. But other than pre-announced special dinners or events, I know of few other restaurants who change their menu simply because the chef/owner is in the kitchen. It seemed strange to me a a bit annoying.
On an unrelated note, we had an amazing dinner at the bar at Otto. So fun. That place really has some amazing wine selections by the quartino and the octopus and celery antipasto was stellar.
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so they flat out refused to honor the BBE deal and allow you to order a la carte? you should write to BBE. that stinks.
next time you go to otto get all of the seafood salads. only $21 and a ton of food, so worth it. i get it every time i go.
Oh wow, so you weren't allowed to use your BBE code because Harold was ACTUALLY in the kitchen? That's one lame excuse. You should definitely write to BBE. For some reason I doubt the offer's fine print included "except for rare occasions when the executive chef is actually in the kitchen."
Now that is tacky........
Just on principle I would have stood up and walked out. I've done that for less.
Thank you for visiting Kin Shop and we are sorry you did not have the type of experience you expected. We did in fact have a reservation-only event on Saturday as part of an event series with Zagat and thus there was a special menu and no a la carte offerings. If this wasn’t explained to you then we apologize. Regarding the Blackboard Eats deal, we made sure that it stated on the deal that it was not available for use on October 15th and in fact the text on the deal indicated “not valid on lunch prix fixe or with any other discounts or promotions; closed Oct. 15.” We did this to avoid situations like yours and hope you can understand why we were not able to honor the discount. Feel free to contact me directly with any other questions or concerns.
Alicia (Co-owner of Kin Shop)
My bad on this. We just looked at the certificate and yes, we did miss the 10/15 restriction. It's listed at the end. BBE though were under the impression that an a la carte menu would always be available regardless of what other special menus were being offered (they actually emailed me about this) as well so there must have been some miscommunication somewhere along the way.
Thanks for your post and we'll see you soon.