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.
New York should partially open its streets, using now-empty bike and/or car lanes for pedestrians so sidewalks can be used for al fresco dining. Safe – distancing outside will bring customers, income & jobs to neighborhoods.
Poignant beautifully written homage to Prune, Gabrielle Hamilton’s acclaimed East Village boîte. A wonderful read which will elicit a tear for so many reasons.
An UWS neighborhood gem is feeding front line medical workers. Click here to find out how to donate: West Side Rag
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
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 →
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.
Popped into my head today. Don’t know why. My Dad and his cousin Joey DiVito used to take me there. A steakhouse on 45th near Third Avenue. Ashtrays with logos.… Read more Danny’s Hideaway →