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Dovetail; review nights

uwser | Feb 21, 2008 09:31 AM

Don't mean to derail http://www.chowhound.com/topics/487287, but I had a slightly different topic that I figured I'd post about. Feel free to ignore if I'm just talking to myself. :)

My wife, a friend and myself went to Dovetail for my wife's birthday - 2/12, the night of the snow/ice storm last week. We had an 8:30 reservation and go there at about 10 after 8. Had a drink at the bar, and everything was quite nice. We were seated on time.

At that point, it did take 10-15 minutes before anyone came over to ask us about drinks or what we'd like to order. In general, I felt that the service was pretty spotty all night.

As for the food, I had the chowder/lamb, my wife had the brussel sprout leaves/sirloin + lasagna, our friend had the gnocchi/duck. In general I found the apps to be far superior to the entrees. The entrees weren't bad, but nothing that special, and as mentioned in other places, the portions are quite small. Desserts were good.

The point of separating this post from the other one was a thought I had. After reading Bruni's 3-star review yesterday (aside from being shocked about 3 stars), I realized that it's extremely likely that we were there one of the nights he was (unless there was another ice storm recently that I've blocked out of my mind). I read the Eater story today that they claim not to have known he was there, but I have my suspicious.

The service was missing-in-action enough that it makes me wonder if all hands were on deck to make Frank's experience good, and who cares about the rest of the customers. I was curious about other people's experience with being at restaurants the night that a big reviewer is there, and how they think it may have affected their experience.

In my mind, with the advent of Zagat, Chowhound, etc., restaurant reviewers are getting less and less important (although still the single most important group that can help/hurt a restaurant's prospects); however it seems that more and more attention is heaped on this small number of people.

Anyway, Dovetail: meh. I'll go back, but don't think it adds anything that special to the neighborhood, and still think that Telepan is the best up on the UWS.

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