Frank Bruni essay in NYT
- ttoommyy Sep 19, 2013 08:21 AM
A nice piece about being a "regular" at a restaurant.
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.
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.
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?