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Au revoir, Florent

small h | Jun 16, 200806:27 PM     12

I stopped in tonight for a snack and a beer (ok, two) and a last look around. It was "depression" night: Florent has been recognizing the five stages of grief to mark its passing. But I got there pretty early, because I wanted to be sure to get a seat, and I didn't stay for the entertainment. Instead, I sat at the counter and had an artichoke vinaigrette, which was very nice - that's one emulsified dressing! - despite the artichoke looking like it had been hacked with a machete. The political group "Grannies for Peace" was having a communal dinner. Florent himself was poring over the reservation book. Many, many people wandered in and were turned away, because the restaurant was booked solid.

It's been many years since I used to end my evenings at Florent, and I mourn the loss of my old late-night self as much as the demise of theRealNewYorkWhenItWasRealNotLikeNow or whatever you want to call it.

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