OK, most of you are going to say "I told you so", but ever the optimist, I continue to think RW is a great opportunity to try out a new restaurant when you are not dining on an expense account!
Went to Market last night here's the good and the bad:
THE GOOD - service was terrific from waitstaff to busboys. They are on it. They refill bread often, water often and you aren't looking around for them all the time as they appear just when they think you might need something. We never felt rushed (which was not the case last year when I dined at Sorrelina and they were clearly turning the tables every 45 mintues).
THE BAD - the table next to us whispered that typically RW portions are smaller than regular portions and they were right for the most part. I ordered two dishes that were very meager on the portions - the truffle pizza was the size of an english muffin, and the short ribs was one, smallish short rib. My DC has the tuna appetizer which was a bit more substantial and the bass which was also small but reasonable portion size. The food was acceptable but nothing that made me swoon. I almost wish we had gone off the regular menu as the thing about RW is that you THINK it is going to be cheaper but in reality once you have a glass of wine, coffee, it ends up being comparable to a regular meal (ours was $112 with tip). The dining room vibe doesn't knock my socks off either and feels like you are dining in a hotel.
You'd think these restaurants would wise up and make the RW experience the best they could possibly make it and a real value (ie regular portion sizes and don't rush people). For the two weeks they participate in this event you'd think they could suck it up so they would turn customers into repeat diners. Oh well...the experience didn't wow me enough to come back. Lesson learned.