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ipsedixit May 21, 2013 08:09 PM

Those acrophobiacs among us feel free to place your orders "to-go" ...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

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    jeanmarieok May 21, 2013 08:36 PM

    No interest at all. Even with great food, the gimmick is too much. I am not afraid of heights at all, just don't see this 'venue' adding to the dining experience.

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      Vidute May 21, 2013 08:53 PM

      i'm not afraid of heights, either. i'm just afraid of unexpectedly leaving that height.

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      jlhinwa May 21, 2013 08:37 PM

      Oh dear Lord, not a chance.

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        betsydiver May 22, 2013 05:31 AM

        not for that price; i don't have a problem with the height of the dining room; just the height of the bill!

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        1. re: betsydiver
          alliegator May 22, 2013 10:53 AM

          I'm with you! I'd consider it if I like won a meal in a place like that, but for $300, I can probably do better.

        2. Veggo May 22, 2013 05:48 AM

          I'm not sure who would be more uncomfortable - a diner in need of a rest room, or pedestrians below.

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            Unraveled May 22, 2013 06:20 AM

            I am deathly afraid of heights. So that would be a big fat no!

            I don't care how good the food is. I wouldn't even do it they paid me.

            1. Midknight May 22, 2013 08:37 AM

              Oops! Dropped my fork...

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                catroast May 22, 2013 09:00 AM

                yes but this is very old news circa internet ~2005

                1. ChefJune May 22, 2013 09:53 AM

                  Not a fool's chance in He!!! I get queasy just thinking about it...

                  1. juliejulez May 22, 2013 09:55 AM

                    H E ELL TO THE NO.

                    1. tcamp May 22, 2013 10:52 AM

                      I like the part where someone says that it is a great idea but only if there is a good view. Duh.

                      I wouldn't mind going up for a drink at the bar but for a whole meal, no thanks.

                      1. al b. darned May 22, 2013 10:57 AM

                        There's not a chance in hell I'd do this. Not even if it was the most gourmet meal in the world and it was free!!!

                        1. ttoommyy May 22, 2013 01:52 PM

                          The only time I will be dining that high up in the sky is when Jesus comes calling me for my last supper!

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                            Nudibranch May 22, 2013 02:10 PM

                            I'd do it for the experience, definitely. I'd also try the dining in the dark thing, and one of those "under the sea" restaurants, etc.

                            1. corneygirl May 22, 2013 07:27 PM

                              No! Unless the meal is only serving birds and insects that hover at that elevation I don't see what the height could add to the food. I also am terrified of heights. But, I generally want a special meal to be specific to a place and I don't see what a stupidly high number of feet above that place adds besides adrenaline -which doesn't make me want to eat (usually the opposite).

                              1. ipsedixit May 22, 2013 07:36 PM

                                I'm a bit surprised, actually alot surprised, by the near unanimity of voices that say they wouldn't do this.

                                And wouldn't even do it for free. Or if they were paid for it.

                                Really?

                                A free gourmet meal you would turn down simply because of the elevation?

                                I certainly would do it if it was free, and I'd make it a career if someone were to actually pay me for doing this.

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                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                  ttoommyy May 23, 2013 07:07 AM

                                  Do you have a fear of heights ipse? If not, then you could not possibly understand why so many of us said "NO!" :)

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                                    ipsedixit May 23, 2013 07:58 AM

                                    But so many people said "no" also said that they were not afraid of heights.

                                    Of course, if you have a fear of heights this would be a nonstarter.

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                                      ttoommyy May 23, 2013 09:04 AM

                                      "Of course, if you have a fear of heights this would be a nonstarter."

                                      Which is my situation.

                                      I would venture to guess that those who said no who do not have a fear of heights just don't find it exciting. Just like I don't find dining in the dark or "under the sea" exciting, though I do not have a fear of the dark or water.

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                                    juliejulez May 23, 2013 10:08 AM

                                    I can make myself a lovely gourmet meal, with my feet planted firmly on the ground. And yes, I am terrified of heights. Even staircases with open steps freak me out.

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                                      pinehurst May 23, 2013 10:13 AM

                                      Not afraid of heights but it seems like it would be a PIA if stuff had to be sent back to the kitchen, if I decided to ask for couple of lemon wedges, etc...the type of things that would be nothing on the ground. With winds, etc., it seems more trouble than pleasure to me.

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                                        HillJ May 23, 2013 01:32 PM

                                        Ha! Nothing is sent back anywhere. This is a pre selected menu and sold as an event. Prepaid. Once you are airborne, you are offered add'l drinks, a few condiments. That's it. You're paying for "the flight" not the food.

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                                        Wahooty May 23, 2013 05:31 PM

                                        It might be gourmet, but there's no way it's a $300 meal. You're paying a big chunk for the ride and novelty factor. I'd rather pay less for the same meal on the ground, or get what $300 gets you on the ground. I do have a deathly fear of heights, but even if I didn't, I wouldn't pay a premium for a breeze up my ass and the privilege of letting my feet dangle.

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                                        Beach Chick May 23, 2013 09:07 AM

                                        I would do it..

                                        Do they give everyone a Depends for when nature calls?

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                                          Veggo May 23, 2013 09:16 AM

                                          Depends just for the women. As to the men, that's why I mentioned the uncomfortable pedestrians below.

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                                            jlhinwa May 23, 2013 03:09 PM

                                            I would need a Depends for the ride up.

                                          2. Chinon00 May 23, 2013 09:18 AM

                                            For the surreal feeling alone I think it would be worth it.

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                                              HillJ May 23, 2013 09:26 AM

                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/872117
                                              Here's the example I'm familiar with.

                                              My dh is a pilot and we have done dining in the sky with two couples and while I wasn't fearful and the meal was okay, I don't need to do it again. I recall being more impressed & amazed by the staffs composure during service then any of us diners.

                                              One of those gotta try it once deals. This is not a permanent type establishment. Much goes into setting up this type of food event. Think of as the Cirque du Soleil of dinner experiences.

                                              http://www.dinnerinthesky.com/
                                              if you're so inclined..

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                                                wincountrygirl May 23, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                Eating would be impossible for all the puking

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                                                  HillJ May 25, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step....

                                                  Give a breakfast ferris wheel a try, then decide :0)

                                                  http://www.moreyspiers.com/eat/breakf...

                                                  1. Atomic76 May 25, 2013 07:07 PM

                                                    I would probably try it once if the prices were reasonable. It's not really the heights that bother me, but rather how uncomfortable it would be to be strapped to your seat while you eat, not to mention not being able to get up to use the restroom.

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