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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
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2013-07-25 03:44:33 PM  
7 votes:
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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 03:52:12 PM  
6 votes:

Hoboclown: 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.


I went with my father to a local restaurant that was extremely well reviewed. We get in and the place is deserted. We ask the hostess for a table and she says, "We only seat for those with reservations." We told her she obviously had open tables and unless she was expecting an entire football team there's no way they'd fill up before we were done. She insisted we needed reservations.

So I got out my phone and called the restaurant and made a reservation for 5 minutes after I called. Then I walked up and told her I had a reservation and that I was early.
2013-07-25 03:50:16 PM  
3 votes:
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."
2013-07-25 03:58:43 PM  
2 votes:
Next Article, "Brooklyn  Food Trucks cater to those waiting for a table"
2013-07-25 03:49:23 PM  
2 votes:

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 03:46:03 PM  
2 votes:

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 03:40:06 PM  
2 votes:
But guys, the the mud soup and charcoal arugula is outrageous there.
2013-07-25 03:33:00 PM  
2 votes:

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 04:43:44 PM  
1 vote:

UsikFark: I heard a radio-essay on NPR about how "New York was 'back'" because some black hipster got sprayed with bum piss.


I too am a big fan of the dadaist direction that Car Talk is taking.
2013-07-25 04:39:08 PM  
1 vote:

brap: 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.

Great, now I have to feel guilty about not living in the slums of Mumbai?


I heard a radio-essay on NPR about how "New York was 'back'" because some black hipster got sprayed with bum piss.
2013-07-25 04:14:20 PM  
1 vote:

tricycleracer: Many of these restaurants are owned by chefs with entitled rock-star attitudes who view you as a necessary evil to fund their practice of culinary art cocaine habit.

2013-07-25 04:03:13 PM  
1 vote:

Treygreen13: So I got out my phone and called the restaurant and made a reservation for 5 minutes after I called. Then I walked up and told her I had a reservation and that I was early.


I did this in DC recently. Walking around, see someplace that looked good, hopped on OpenTable and booked, then walked in the door, past lines and declared I had a reservation. Worked every time, and just made me wonder what the hell the people in line were thinking.
2013-07-25 03:52:35 PM  
1 vote:

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: 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.


used needles are a key component
2013-07-25 03:48:16 PM  
1 vote:
"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 03:41:44 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:41:25 PM  
1 vote:

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.
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2013-07-25 03:20:47 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:14:06 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:12:11 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:08:47 PM  
1 vote:
The whole point of reservations is so we don't have to wait. Why needlessly bring that back?
 
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