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Frank Bruni essay in NYT

ttoommyy Sep 19, 2013 08:21 AM

A nice piece about being a "regular" at a restaurant.


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  1. ellenost RE: ttoommyy Sep 19, 2013 10:15 AM

    Yes, there is nothing as nice as when one has dinner in a restaurant and one knows he/she is going to be well cared for.

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      ttoommyy RE: ellenost Sep 19, 2013 10:54 AM

      We have a handful of places we frequent on Sunday afternoons. We sit at the bar and for the next couple of hours it is pure bliss. Wonderful food and excellent service; after a while, one forges a nice relationship with the bartenders and the ritual becomes more like catching up with an old friend. Yes, the "comps" are nice (a glass of bubbly or a digestivo here, a dessert there) but we always compensate with a nice tip, so it works both ways.

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      maudies5 RE: ttoommyy Sep 19, 2013 10:20 AM

      I also loved Bruni's article in the NYT

      1. Monica RE: ttoommyy Sep 19, 2013 10:56 AM

        And then there are restaurants like Louro who gave 3 dishes on the house when i dined there for the first time a few months ago with my sis. They also had wonderful service...I guess this is why the restaurant is being loved.

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          ellenost RE: Monica Sep 19, 2013 10:58 AM

          That "sword" can cut both ways: will probably make you a regular, and will annoy others who have dined at Louro and have not received 3 dishes on the house.

        2. linguafood RE: ttoommyy Sep 19, 2013 11:30 AM

          If I lived in The City, I'd likely have my regular haunts as well.

          Things being the way they are, I tend to try new (to me) places in New York when I visit.

          Berlin's a whole 'nother story -- plenty of places we visit several times over the summer, and always look forward to returning to them.

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            Westy RE: ttoommyy Sep 19, 2013 11:43 AM

            Thanks for posting this. It was nice idea.

            There was a place in Nei Hu, Taiwan that i took my then girlfriend (now wife) to every week. It was wonderful to have a familiar smile, the knowledge that when it was clear I only knew a few dishes in Chinese, that they would send something else out in addition they figured I would like.

            I am surprised more places have not at least tried the seating system at Rao's.

            The article does make me want the recipe for that roast chicken. I think Waxman has a book out, maybe it is in there?

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              tpigeon RE: Westy Sep 19, 2013 12:44 PM

              You mean you buy a seat? Not many restaurants can pull that off..

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                loratliff RE: Westy Sep 19, 2013 12:45 PM

                Here it is: http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12467/...

              2. Delucacheesemonger RE: ttoommyy Sep 19, 2013 01:18 PM

                l always did love the way he wrote. In this instance l seem to have found a kindred spirit. In the various locales l live l blessedly have a cadre of treasured restaurants. Lord, it makes life easier and far more pleasant.
                Over the years while l continue to kiss frogs as one reliable critic says this place or that is great or a friend, rarely are they as good as my usual haunts. If they are, wonderful, l will add them to the revered list, but l just checked my list of 20 standbys and only 6 are new in the last three years and l have tried far too many.
                Thanks again Mr Bruni for expressing my thoughts so eloquently.

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                  silencespeak RE: ttoommyy Sep 19, 2013 01:51 PM

                  Enjoyed reading this article. It made me think of all the restaurants I'm a regular at.. So greatful to have them in my life !

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                    foodwhisperer RE: ttoommyy Sep 20, 2013 03:44 PM

                    Loved that article. That's why I miss some of the places I frequented that have closed. Have regular Japanese spots, but no regular Italian spots anymore.

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                      plf515 RE: ttoommyy Sep 21, 2013 02:52 PM

                      He makes many good points. I have my regular haunts and familiarity often breeds content.

                      This cuts both ways - the places I go to regular are places I liked when I went the first time.

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                        bronwen RE: ttoommyy Sep 23, 2013 07:55 AM

                        I loved this piece too. Having lived in New Orleans where people make a fetish of being regulars at "their" restaurants I can relate!

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