What will NYC's restuarant scene look like one year from now? I wonder. Things looked pretty impressive to me the last 2 weekends at NYC's higher end places. I went to Daniel & Gramercy Tavern last weekend, and Sushi of Gari & Cello this wkd. With the exception of Cello, which was at 75% capacity, the other 3 were filled to the gills with patrons. Still, I wonder if, at the high end at least, there won't be some thinning out as places that are slightly less well known, but in my opinion serve food that is in many cases as good if not better than their more repuatable brethren, fall off the map as we move into recession. In particular, I worry about places like Cello, Union Pacific, & Tabla. When people want to have the "best" French prepared fish they will increasingly head to Le Bernardin not Cello, for American GT not Union Pacific, because there will be fewer people who can afford such fare and they will proceed of repuation and what they know, and fewer people know about a place like Union Pacific. I hope not, but worry that economics will result in too much supply in light of lessened demand.
Strangely, I have felt like eating well recently, but can't seem to muster any enthusiasm to think too much about food or recent experiences or even talk about them much in light of recent events. All my narrative and inner thoughts are tragedy focused, while good food offers silent solace and a few moments of physical pleasure, but it does feel like not the right subject for reflection or too much thought at the moment for me at least. Its a brief, needed vacation from the horror. Perhaps I am a hypocrit, but eating well does not feel like an indulgence at the moment, but thinking about it does.