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Last Supper?

March 6, 2020. Birthday dinner in my favorite booth with my two favorite guys at our traditional mainstay Gramercy Tavern. Danny Meyer has since announced that he would not be re-opening this or any of his fine dining restaurants until there is a vaccine for Covid19. His hallmark focus on service and ambience cannot be achieved with mask-wearing, socially distanced chefs, sommeliers & waitstaff. So. Maybe that was a last supper for some time to come.          

UWS Take-Out List

Many restaurants are remaining open during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis for take-out and/or delivery. Santa Fe is delivering enchiladas and such with margaritas. Many UWS restaurants are adding alcohol and happy hour options for take-out as well. An updated list can be found here: WEST SIDE RAG

Corona Closings

Coronavirus is taking its toll on the dining scene. Danny Meyer’s hospitality group is closing his restaurants for at least a couple of weeks including Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Café. Glad we enjoyed them recently. Also, Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin. Cannot gauge how much fresh fish and seafood especially would be needed in these times. Daniel Boulud has decided to suspend operations at all of his sites “until it is safe to re-open”. Gotham Bar & Grill announced it is closing permanently. Last service tonight. Probably tipped by coronavirus… Read more Corona Closings

Boulud Sud

Across from Lincoln Center. Touristy crowded vibe. Pre-theater prix fixe on a Saturday Night. So. That’s the context. Octopus app chewy and uninspired. Sea Bass en papillote watery, bland and obviously in the warmer. Wines by the glass mediocre. Have been to Bar Boulud next door which is at least good at what it serves. Go there before a Lincoln Center performance. Neither worth a visit other than that.

La Boîte en Bois

A country French UWS boîte, “the box in the woods”,  literally. A tiny space downstairs. Not great if you’ve got clausty issues. Close. Cozy. Snug. Yet the staff and atmosphere are friendly and it has endured in the neighborhood for many years. Food is standard bistro fare, bland and average quality. Nice Sancerre. Also on the plus side. Stairs make it difficult so no strollers or leashes at brunch.

Union Square Café

Same sign. Different address. First went there in 1994 when Danny Meyer was an up-and-coming restaurateur. American fare with attention to service and fresh ingredients. The original was a little bit downstairs. This later iteration has the same vibe but with an above-the-ground and upstairs feel. Yet. Both intimate and inviting. Uniquely New York. Reminiscent of its dining heyday. In the neighborhood to see Peter Dinklage as Cyrano. Way cool.