At the risk of sounding vicious or patronizing, there a couple of things I'd like to get off my chest. In the past two months, I've been seeing a lot of posts like this: "I'm going to a meeting in Union Square, and I need to eat in one-half hour, and I can't spend more than $12 per person; can I go to the Gramercy Tavern?" Um, a fine restaurant is a time-consuming, expensive proposition; you get what you pay for. It seems to me that people who put a price tag on a good restaurant aren't looking for a "destination" restaurant, you know? and then, I don't know what we're talking about. There's hardly been a request for information that I've seen in the past six months where I haven't felt like grabbing the questioner by the jacket lapels and yelling, "Town, Gramercy Tavern, Ouest, Ilo," over, over, over, over and over again.
Perhaps I don't belong at this website. But it's very rare that I see a really good mid-pricepoint restaurant; an example of this would be Blue Ribbon, at 33 Bedford Street; but when people write in saying, "my best girlfriend from 1975 is coming in from Phoenix, where can you recommend that we go, " I could always answer with the same four restaurants I mentioned above. What configuration of people, tastes, etc. wouldn't be met by one of the great restaurants above?
I don't mean to be vicious to anyone here; perhaps I'm just jaded; the other thing that happens is that people will write in about, for example, Town, saying what should I order there? but if a restaurant is great, like Town, the better question is what can't you order? The answer is nothing! Thanks for listening, and I really enjoy reading the posts