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MR. C - SCARED; SHOULD I BE?

Being pulled kicking and screaming. Got outvoted and caved. That said, am I being a baby? How is the food? I hear the drinks are thimble sized and over priced. Sotto - help!!

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  1. If you are referring to Mr. Chow, you should be scared witless if you are paying...

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    1. re: Servorg

      No. Mr. C - Chipriani on Beverwill near Pico

      1. re: BSW6490

        Oops, don't know anything about that place (never even heard of it).

    2. Have not heard good things. Please let us know.

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      1. re: Thor123

        Apparently, the Cipriani family, famous for Harry's Bar in Venice, various Cipriani restaurants in NYC are the $$$$ behind this venture. I am well acquainted with some of the family members. I once recall Arrigo Cipriani mentioning that he was opening a restaurant in BH. This one seems to have slipped under the radar.Truthfully, I do love Harry's Bar in VCE. I might have to, at the very least, check the Yelp reviews.

        1. re: maudies5

          Jay Westin seems to really like it which he mentioned glowingly in a Huffington Post.

      2. If it's anything like his eponymous restaurant in NYC, then you should only be scared if you're responsible for the bill.

        Otherwise, sit back, order up a Bellini, some veal, and enjoy yourself.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I know better than to order veal at a Cipriani restaurant. In Venice, I order the local seafood. I have never had a Bellini away from Harry's. I do know that Arrigo grows the white peaches for the Bellini's in Uruguay. Mr. Arrigo Cipriano is a true gentleman. For years he has treated our family and children with great respect. We even get a "Sconto." I look forward to dining at "Mr. C." and offering an unbiased opinion.

          1. re: maudies5

            I enjoyed my veal.

            But be that as it may, given your self-professed history, I think you'd be last person qualified to give an unbiased opinion.

            But really, why would we want unbiased opinions. If an opinion isn't biased it's just, well, another word for "fact".

        2. Cipriani Dolci is my .goto bar in Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal before I catch a train home. I know the barkeeps, they know me. They build me a good gimlet. I don't eat there.

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          1. re: steve h.

            I have heard that the rap on Mr C's bar is that they pour really really small drinks and charge like $17 per for them. Have not gone and have no personal experience. Do recall the Cipriani in Venice as exquisite.

            1. re: Thor123

              It's a commuter bar for me. My gimlets are doubles, my wife's wines are quartinos. Prices are Manhattan pricey, no more no less.

              1. re: steve h.

                In Manhattan I routinely pay 20+ (or even 25+) for a common single malt like Talisker 10.

                17 is just about right for a basic cocktail.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Ow!

                  I am so sheltered in Los Angeles.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I'm no fan of NYC, they'll rob you blind. Although I wouldn't hesitate to shell out $20 for four cronuts.

            2. It was actually quite good and quite the scene. Drinks come in a glass thimble which is rediculous. The tuna tartare, roast chicken (all dark) and artichoke salad were all winners. We were also treated so extra nice.

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              1. re: BSW6490

                glass thimble? how big is this thimble?!

                1. re: ns1

                  If it fits on your thumb does that mean you're Cinderella's hitchhiking sister?

                  1. re: ns1

                    Comically small. Just larger than a shot glass with an ice cube in it. I would say the glass looks half the size of a small glass somewhere else. After the first drink, I asked the server for the other half. Food, service and ambiance wise, that is my only complaint. As mentioned I did not see the final bill, but I am positive it was very expensive. Probably similar price point to Madeo, but younger and scantily clad patrons - particularly the women.

                    1. re: BSW6490

                      so this is where the young and scantily clad women hang out eh? i'm so there for $17 thimble size drinks.

                        1. re: ns1

                          i'm down too.

                          If this is where the young and scantilly clad women hang out.

                          thanks for the tip.

                          17 bucks for a miniscule jigger is not bad at all in that case.

                          1. re: kevin

                            You are both horrible! I understand its in a hotel.

                            1. re: Thor123

                              It's in a hotel ????

                              Even better. That would amount to easier access. :)

                  2. The one down in New York is quite the scene. Food is not bad.

                    Pricey, yes, but the scene...! This place was THE model's hangout in New York.

                    The few times I was brought there - (by a notorious party girl/model) it was an insanely decadent hang. But that was over 10 years ago.

                    Is this place anything like that? The scene?

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                    1. re: foodiemahoodie

                      One and the same. Filled with Victoria's Secret models and 20 somethings with lots of cash. Food and service were much better than expected.

                      1. re: foodiemahoodie

                        Similar experience here. Back in the roaring 00's... Just how many IB's & fund managers are on Chowhound, anyways?!

                        1. re: J.L.

                          I thought you guys were all IB bankers and hedge fund managers except for me.

                          1. re: kevin

                            I can neither confirm nor deny... :-)

                            1. re: J.L.

                              The only time I'm a hedge fund manager is with my pair of electric shears in hand standing in my front yard...

                              1. re: Servorg

                                Same here. I'm with you on that.

                      2. Thanks for the report. Sounds interesting. Always like the dark meat chicken dish at Dan Tana's; though it sounds like DT pours a much better drink.

                        1. Food was slightly above average, service was slow, forgetful and dismissive, bill was high.
                          I did see a table of actual Victoria's Secret models however.

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                          1. re: cls

                            Pre-Chowboard me used to join that table sometimes and endure the birdfeed, er, food in front of me.

                            But I'm much better now... (?)

                            1. re: cls

                              I for one would love to enure that table each and every time.

                            2. When you do go, please report back.