I was at 33 recently and had a terrific, many-layered (in terms of flavor) vichyssoise with a sort of corn "flan" (more delicate than polenta; I'm not exactly sure what else you might call it, that's what they called it) and a lobster Caesar that supposedly had a truffle vinaigrette but it was especially citrusy in a really refreshing way ( I personally don't think lobster and truffle is a winning combo anyway, the Italophile in me knows Umbrians would never attempt such a thing; I don't know about Perigordians, if that's the word...). My companion had some pappardelle with short rib meat that looked delicious, FW appearance IW. The place reminds me of Jer-Ne in a way, and of the conversation on this board a few weeks back, in that they seem to be doing some really nice things now with a good chef, but its rep as strictly a lounge may be too ingrained, and the original cool reviews still hanging over its head...
Can anybody think of a place that has bounced back from that kind of thing to attain real success?
Also, both 33 and Jer-Ne have the name problem, which I've been thinking about a lot lately...call me conservative, but I'm more likely to eat at a place whose name is immediately clear--maybe it's the owner's name, maybe it's an ingredient, etc.--than something I have to figure out. I don't know what else Sibling Rivalry could do in order to explain itself--but maybe it doesn't have to? I mean, the name Kinkead is a draw in itself...and I wouldn't fly over to a place called Oedipus Complex or Domestic Abuse either.