June 18, 2014

The Reservation Complication and Other Thoughts on Technology

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For some reason, when people discuss “apps” in relation to food and dining out,  I almost always still think that we will be talking about appetizers.  Although I have a penchant for abbreviations and nicknames, my app confusion  belies my current anger at all of these new apps that impact the dining experience.  After checking […]

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April 25, 2014

Pants Rant- Avra

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This is less of a rant, and more of  a recounting of the most bizarre dining experience I have had in a while. What started off as a nice catch-up at a usually reliable, geographically convenient Pants go-to ended in pushing, pictures, and begging.  And this was in midtown! Daryl and I were meeting an […]

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December 10, 2013

Pants Rant: Perry Street, How to lose customers and alienate people

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Let me preface this with the following: You don’t mess with my Dad.  You just don’t. Robert is a West Village resident and loyal to a fault to his favorite places; his default dining spot for any occasion, or no occasion at all, is Perry Street.  He and my mom will sit at the bar […]

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September 24, 2013

Pants Rant: The Wicked Witch of Westville

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GRRRR!! School may be back in session, but that does not mean that I need an education on how things taste from an aggressive restaurant owner. I am very hesitant to send ANYTHING back, and very rarely complain about a dish, but sometimes, when asked, I will give my honest feedback if I didn’t like […]

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April 17, 2013

Pants Rant: I mind your manners

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And they say downtown is the where the wild things are! I was being all “ladies who lunch but actually cocktail” at Amaranth yesterday with a respectable member of the uptown scene and a regular diner at Amaranth. I was all dressed in my uptown boho look (think Rachel Zoe without a hat), and trying […]

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September 12, 2012

Pants Rant: Cafeteria- Nasty Waitress and Idiot Managers

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Seriously, is there any recourse or accountability for poor service?  Gratuities used to be viewed as a barometer of the service received and an extra thank you imparted to your server.  Now, if you leave a poor tip, the server just thinks that you are an asshole and uses anonymous websites to gripe about you.  […]

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May 9, 2012

Pants Rants: No Items For You!

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The following scenario happens to us all of the time at Babbo, to the point where we just continue to subject ourselves to rejection: You sit down, you look at an extensive menu, offering delicious and tempting fare and you try to narrow down what you want to order.  Then, somewhere yonder, you see a […]

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November 28, 2011

Pants Rant- High Pressure Salads

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There is nothing simple about getting your salad tossed these days.  I know that this is NYC, and especially at lunch time, people are not messing around.  That said, recent visits to places that specialize in custom salads- Chop’t, Just Salad- have left me in a state of anxiety akin to getting my shoes, sweater, […]

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November 16, 2011

Pants Rant- Blue Water Grill

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I get it…a lot of servers want to be actors.  I understand that acting like you are happy to be serving spoiled brats like me day in and day out could be great preparation for a role one day, and that acting happy to be in uncomfortable shoes for 10 hours a day could be […]

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April 20, 2011

Pants Rant: Reservations

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“Hello, thank you for calling X, how can I help you?” “Yes, hi, I wanted to see about making a reservation for tomorrow evening, for two people at 7:30”. “Well, we don’t have 7:30, we only have 7:20 or 7:40 available”. “Really?  There is no way you can put us in for 7:30?” “No, its […]

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