Will this be the wine dinner of the year? New York City hosts a lot of cool, inventive, and often complicated sit-down events, many of them inclusive of wine, but few are actually the brainchild of a winery that hopes to coordinate the dining equivalent of a four-ring circus from its base in Sonoma, California.
In Zachary Feldman's review of El Vez, he pointed to numerous issues with service that had a major impact on his meal. But this Battery Park City cantina isn't the only restaurant in New York suffering from hospitality problems. Fork in the Roaders eat out nearly nightly, and we see a lot of bad behavior. Here are the most egregious examples of bad service we've seen so far this year.
From The Absent-Minded Waiter
We promised to bring you dozens of beers, and we've now confirmed a total of 41 brewers for our fourth annual Brooklyn Pour beer tasting festival, which hits Skylight One Hanson (One Hanson Place, Brooklyn, 718-783-5437) in Brooklyn on September 27. We're set to announce 26 more entrants today, a collection of locals and national and international stars.
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Thomas Chen has honed his knife skills and tended burners at Eleven Madison Park at Commerce, but before he was behind such storied lines, he was crunching numbers as an accountant. Four years into that career, though, he started attending cooking school at night, and he made a full transition into the restaurant world when he graduated. And now, after putting in his time at those New York City temples, he's stepping out on his own: Last week he debuted Tuome (536 East 5th Street, 646-833-7811), where he's turning out "ingredient-driven refined food with Asian influence in a casual setting," he says.
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We've been singing the praises of Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn) since it opened -- not only was the place a killer vegan entrant into the New York restaurant industry, it turns out one hell of an Ethiopian feast in a city that's short on representatives from that country. So despite the occasionally slow service and long-time lack of a liquor license (that's been remedied now -- you can get beer, wine, and all manner of drinks), we found ourselves returning frequently. And this weekend, we were delighted to be given another reason to drop in: the cafe just debuted brunch.
On Sunday afternoon, a pop-up in the small storefront of Pelzer's Pretzels (724 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, 718-552-2998) was buzzing. A large punch bowl, an overflowing basket of crisp lye-cured pretzel bites, and a zine display lined the wall, and event-attendees talked about the snacks, about the zine, and about the drinks. At the center of it all was hostess of the afternoon's happenings Nicole Taylor.More »