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(New York Daily News)   If you want to eat at one of Brooklyn's ultra-hip restaurants, prepare to "pre-eat" and wait in line for two hours, because many don't take reservations   (nydailynews.com) divider line 182
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2013-07-25 02:47:37 PM
"pre eat?" fark you. seriously. fark you.
 
2013-07-25 02:51:08 PM
Everyone interviewed for that article needs a punch to the face.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-25 02:55:05 PM
Stop feeling so special. Long waits are not an exclusive Brooklyn thing.
 
2013-07-25 03:05:10 PM

ZAZ: Stop feeling so special. Long waits are not an exclusive Brooklyn thing.


Very true.  Hell, I was out with some people after a work thing and they wanted to go to dinner at Olive Garden afterwards (it was a group consensus and I figured it wasn't worth the fight).  We got there and were told it would be at least an hour to get a table.  Thankfully rational thought prevailed and we just went to a brewpub down the street instead that had much better beer, better food, and no wait.

I'm not against no-reservation policies.  It seems the fairest way to do things - the people that really want to go and are willing to wait can do that, the ones who aren't that invested in the place will go somewhere else.  The restaurant doesn't have to worry about no-shows and empty tables, and diners don't have to worry about being hurried out of their seats to make room for the next reservation.
 
2013-07-25 03:07:30 PM

FlashHarry: "pre eat?" fark you. seriously. fark you.


Yeah, THIS.  Fark that noise.  And I can almost guarantee you that what we "pre-eat" at my house will be better than what the restaurant is serving, though probably not nearly as precious.
 
2013-07-25 03:08:44 PM
no food, anywhere, is worth a 2 hour wait.

These crazy farks that wait hours for these Cronut things are insane.  Those farking pastries better cute cancer!
 
2013-07-25 03:08:47 PM
The whole point of reservations is so we don't have to wait. Why needlessly bring that back?
 
2013-07-25 03:11:39 PM
This sh*t is common in DC too. Many of the hottest restaurants in town don't take reservations. One of them I used to go to when the waits were only 45 minutes. The restaurant was above a bar, and they'd just text you when your seat was ready. So you could just go out your name in, then go downstairs and have a few drinks first.

Sadly, the wait had doubled, so it's just not worth it anymore.
 
2013-07-25 03:12:11 PM
People are dragging themselves to Brooklyn and waiting 2 hours in line at a pizza place? I'm not saying these people should be killed, but they probably deserve a knee-capping, at the least.
 
2013-07-25 03:13:45 PM
/CSB

Incidentally, I went to Dinosaur BBQ with my wife and some friends.  we were seated in about had our orders taken in about 20 minutes.  after 45 minutes of waiting for food, the waiter comes over, said they ran out of pork and would we want anything else.  We decided to leave, but my wife raised a shiatstorm with the manager, and we ended up getting a comped dinner out of the deal the next time we are there.

/CSB
 
2013-07-25 03:14:06 PM

ManateeGag: no food, anywhere, is worth a 2 hour wait.

These crazy farks that wait hours for these Cronut things are insane.  Those farking pastries better cute cancer!


If you can stop by, put your name on the list, and then wander around town for a bit, grab a drink or two, etc, it's not so bad.  Maybe the next big thing in Brooklyn could be a tapas culture - lots of little places in a neighborhood where patrons can walk in, have one or two small plates and a signature cocktail or drink, then go onto the next, with most of it being bar/counter service with maybe some tables in the background.  You get some people together and hit up several places throughout the night.
 
2013-07-25 03:15:37 PM
Christ! That reminds me that we have to go to Toronto on Sat. & have din-din with my son & his fiancee.

`Don't you just love coming to the big city? This must be so exciting for you.'

`Um, no. Is that waiter ever coming back? We could have easily starved at home - for a lot less money, I might add.'
 
wee [TotalFark]
2013-07-25 03:20:47 PM

Slaxl: The whole point of reservations is so we don't have to wait. Why needlessly bring that back?


Because making people wait adds the perception of value.  Its like those stupid chain restaurants (Islands, Cheescake Factory, et al.) that always make you wait a little while.  They're trying to make you think you're getting something your not.  Why people would go to Brooklyn to wait in line is beyond me, however.

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah, THIS. Fark that noise. And I can almost guarantee you that what we "pre-eat" at my house will be better than what the restaurant is serving, though probably not nearly as precious.

 
My thoughts exactly.  I made sous vide scallops pan seared in beurre noisette the other night.  No reason to eat out, definitely no reason to wait two hours to do so, unless it's for something I can't (or won't) make at home.  French Laundry or whole-hog BBQ come to mind.
 
2013-07-25 03:29:04 PM
Al Di La is pretty excellent as is Roberta's.  Have I ever stood in line two hours to eat at either of them?  Hell no.

But Al Di La is good enough where if I'm walking by it and it looks fairly empty, I will eat there without a second thought.
 
2013-07-25 03:29:12 PM
Pre-eat.

Kill yourself.

I can see waiting 2 hours if I can have cocktails and a table while I wait, but that would be the only exception. No meal is worth that kind of wait unless somebody is making it at your house without a sous chef.

I can see pre-drinking before going to a club, because that's just good economics. We call that "priming the pump."
 
2013-07-25 03:31:24 PM
If the wait is more than 45 minutes, I'm not waiting. Especially if there is no room at the bar.
 
2013-07-25 03:31:51 PM

wee: Slaxl: The whole point of reservations is so we don't have to wait. Why needlessly bring that back?

Because making people wait adds the perception of value.  Its like those stupid chain restaurants (Islands, Cheescake Factory, et al.) that always make you wait a little while.  They're trying to make you think you're getting something your not.  Why people would go to Brooklyn to wait in line is beyond me, however.

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah, THIS. Fark that noise. And I can almost guarantee you that what we "pre-eat" at my house will be better than what the restaurant is serving, though probably not nearly as precious.
 
My thoughts exactly.  I made sous vide scallops pan seared in beurre noisette the other night.  No reason to eat out, definitely no reason to wait two hours to do so, unless it's for something I can't (or won't) make at home.  French Laundry or whole-hog BBQ come to mind.


So do you have a dedicated sous vide machine, or did you make one yourself?  (SO jealous, I really want a sous vide.)
 
2013-07-25 03:33:00 PM

ManateeGag: no food, anywhere, is worth a 2 hour wait.


Well, if you're waiting on a game trail for it to walk by, well, that's not all that offensive to me.  In fact, I rather enjoy it.
 
2013-07-25 03:33:20 PM
Dear Brooklyn: get over yourself. You're just not that cool.
 
2013-07-25 03:35:07 PM
I like the concept of having food served to me in the comfort of my automobile. I can belch, fart & scratch my genitals without incurring offence to other diners.
It's a win-win for all concerned.
 
2013-07-25 03:40:06 PM
But guys, the the mud soup and charcoal arugula is outrageous there.
 
2013-07-25 03:40:19 PM
yeah, no

if i have to pre-eat, i'll call it lunch and come home, get comfy, and make what we like - never a wait for a table
 
2013-07-25 03:40:20 PM

Slaxl: The whole point of reservations is so we don't have to wait. Why needlessly bring that back?


Reservations sometimes cancel, this prevents being stuck with an empty table.

The owners want to prioritize local customers who can just put their name in, then come back later, or patronize other businesses while they wait, either way locals who know the area will find it easier to gauge the line, the wait, and find things to do than people from elsewhere.  They're also likely worried that if they open it up for reservations it will be all people from Manhattan booking it up, and then the locals will feel pushed out, which won't be good for long term business when the hype dies down.
 
2013-07-25 03:40:32 PM
Brooklyn is a place for people who want to experience gritty urban authenticity.

Of course none of these people know what gritty urban authenticity is, or how farking unpleasant it is for real.
 
2013-07-25 03:40:41 PM
And I fark it up by stuttering at the beginning.

Have a nice day, everyone.
 
2013-07-25 03:40:47 PM
People are so stupid that they believe somethign is good just because you have to wait for it. Critical thinking is dead.
 
2013-07-25 03:40:52 PM

ZAZ: Stop feeling so special. Long waits are not an exclusive Brooklyn thing.


shiat, we used to wait an hour for a table at Outback when I was a kid.
 
2013-07-25 03:41:16 PM

ricewater_stool: Dear Brooklyn: New York get over yourself. You're just not that cool.

 
2013-07-25 03:41:25 PM

TuteTibiImperes: ManateeGag: no food, anywhere, is worth a 2 hour wait.

These crazy farks that wait hours for these Cronut things are insane.  Those farking pastries better cute cancer!

If you can stop by, put your name on the list, and then wander around town for a bit, grab a drink or two, etc, it's not so bad.  Maybe the next big thing in Brooklyn could be a tapas culture - lots of little places in a neighborhood where patrons can walk in, have one or two small plates and a signature cocktail or drink, then go onto the next, with most of it being bar/counter service with maybe some tables in the background.  You get some people together and hit up several places throughout the night.


(AssholeFoodieMode ON)

Tapas?

How early 2000s quaint.

You may as well go out for sushi.

(AssholeFoodieMode OFF)

I'm sure there are quite a few tapas bars in Brooklyn who haven't gotten the memo that their cuisine is no
longer fashionable.

I predict The Next Big Thing will be seating you in front of a retro-styled industrial fan that wafts the aroma
of food over your table.  For the reasonable price of $45.95 per person*

*Does not include 20% Service fee, of which only 2% goes to your server as a tip.
 
2013-07-25 03:41:44 PM
No, you need to go there on Tuesday and stop going on Friday and Saturday with the 9-to-5ers and the chicken-eaters.
 
2013-07-25 03:43:15 PM
They're called Waiters for a reason.
 
2013-07-25 03:43:20 PM

Tigger: Brooklyn is a place for people who want to experience gritty urban authenticity.

Of course none of these people know what gritty urban authenticity is, or how farking unpleasant it is for real.


When I hear "urban authenticity" I think urine-tinged parking garages.
 
2013-07-25 03:44:33 PM
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New York's hottest restaurant is SPEE-LUNK.  This eatery literally has everything: Pork Knees, an Ethiopian guy who begs for your food while salsa dancing, and for dessert, they offer a tiramisu that you have to make yourself and then serve to other customers. Make sure you eat before you go, however, because head chef Carlos Dangeroux is known for his WILD OUTBURST as much as his Air-Grilled Salmon Flakes!
 
2013-07-25 03:45:50 PM

vernonFL: If the wait is more than 45 minutes, I'm not waiting. Especially if there is no room at the bar.


True, but sometimes it's worth the wait...
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admittedly, this is not a Brooklyn restaurant, but my local Girl & the Goat in Chicago... still pretty posh.
 
2013-07-25 03:45:51 PM

PainInTheASP: Tigger: Brooklyn is a place for people who want to experience gritty urban authenticity.

Of course none of these people know what gritty urban authenticity is, or how farking unpleasant it is for real.

When I hear "urban authenticity" I think urine-tinged parking garages.


And hobos shiatting on bus stop benches.
 
2013-07-25 03:46:03 PM

DjangoStonereaver: I predict The Next Big Thing will be seating you in front of a retro-styled industrial fan that wafts the aroma
of food over your table.  For the reasonable price of $45.95 per person*


i'm pretty sure they already do that at alinea in chicago.
 
2013-07-25 03:46:20 PM
If the hipsters "pre-eat," pretty soon they won't be able to fit into their skinny jeans any more, so it's best for them to just starve themselves for two more hours.
 
2013-07-25 03:46:22 PM
You willing to wait AND pay just to be trendy, you deserve to wait twice as long and pay twice as much.
 
2013-07-25 03:46:29 PM
If I can't be seated in 10-15 minutes, I am out of there. I once waited for a half hour at one of those "you gotta  eat there!" restaurants in St. Augustine. What a pathetic disappointment.
 
2013-07-25 03:46:54 PM
I never understood what's the incentive for a restaurant to take reservations in the first place.   So a potential table just sits there empty bringing in no revenue while the reserving party is late and/or no shows?   The fact that they have to take reservations suggest they can't meet current demand of waiting customers.
 
2013-07-25 03:47:01 PM

Treygreen13: [img2.timeinc.net image 612x340]
New York's hottest restaurant is SPEE-LUNK.  This eatery literally has everything: Pork Knees, an Ethiopian guy who begs for your food while salsa dancing, and for dessert, they offer a tiramisu that you have to make yourself and then serve to other customers. Make sure you eat before you go, however, because head chef Carlos Dangeroux is known for his WILD OUTBURST as much as his Air-Grilled Salmon Flakes!


Well played.

i lol'd
 
2013-07-25 03:48:13 PM

wee: Because making people wait adds the perception of value. Its like those stupid chain restaurants (Islands, Cheescake Factory, et al.) that always make you wait a little while. They're trying to make you think you're getting something your not. Why people would go to Brooklyn to wait in line is beyond me, however.


We had a French bistro in town for a while that would give people a 15-20 minute wait when there was nobody actually in the restaurant.

Obviously, that shiat didn't last too long.

/ Food sucked, too.
 
2013-07-25 03:48:16 PM
"This meal had better change my life," griped Matt Devereaux, 28, of Murray Hill, who only schlepped to Roberta's due to "peer pressure"

You need to find some new friends, Matt.
 
2013-07-25 03:48:49 PM
Maybe I'll just go and eat at Red Lobster.....ironically.
 
2013-07-25 03:49:03 PM

ManateeGag: no food, anywhere, is worth a 2 hour wait.

These crazy farks that wait hours for these Cronut things are insane.  Those farking pastries better cute cancer!


WTF is a Cronut?  Off to google.
 
2013-07-25 03:49:23 PM

FlashHarry: "pre eat?" fark you. seriously. fark you.


Yep, I pre-ate and now I'm full, so let's just skip the restaurant, shall we?
 
2013-07-25 03:49:31 PM
My dad and I went to some place that supposedly had the "Best Lobster Rolls in Boston". We walked in and the waitress said with a straight face that the wait was two and a half hours. They also took no reservations.

We walked literally one restaurant down, were seated immediately, and ate some pretty damn good lobster rolls. Considering the ingredients are lobster and bread I can't imagine what might have been so much better at the first place that's worth waiting so long.
 
2013-07-25 03:50:10 PM
The shiat people will put themselves threw in the name of trends and so that they can be on top of the latest trends.

I also love the people that are sitting there complaining about the 2 hour wait. If you don't like it, don't wait.
 
2013-07-25 03:50:16 PM
Article proves foodies are stupid.
 
2013-07-25 03:50:16 PM
Talde chef Dale Talde insists his no-reservation policy helps the restaurant remain a local joint. "We decided not to take reservations because it was really important to us to make the restaurant a true neighborhood spot, a place where the locals could always pop in and grab a bite to eat," he wrote via email. "That's why, even when there's a two hour line out the door of people waiting for a table, we'll always escort locals right to the front and seat them immediately. We want to be a part of this local community, this neighborhood of assholes."
 
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