Members and their guests wander throughout the brownstone – in the high-ceilinged first floor lounge, the lantern-lit back garden, and the swankier third floor bar area. All of this provides plenty of creative space for aristocratic artists to play catch-up on their strange activities such as attending the odd artist festivals world-wide or even deer hunting in Scotland. The service is good, which it should be considering the thousands of dollars the members pay annually and the $20 drinks.
Monthly Archives: January 2009
Priorities for the bar:
Just to be sure that I would like to try to help him in his endeavors, we planned another dinner for next week! This time he will be serving pesce (fish)…I think it is only necessary for me to try both land and sea dishes.
I have heard the word “Michelin stars” thrown around a lot in the restaurant industry, but I never actually looked into the source. I thought, for sure it wasn’t actually related to the TIRES! Boy, was I wrong…Michelin stars are given by the Michelin Guide, which is a rating system sponsored by Michelin, the tire company. Once I learned this, I had to do some research.
-The quality of the products
-The mastery of flavor and cooking
-The “personality” of the cuisine
-The value for the money
-The consistency between visits
Two stars = excellent cuisine, worth a detour, with specialties and wines of first-class quality.
Three stars = exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey, where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. The wine list features generally outstanding vintages and the surroundings and service are part of this unique experience, which is priced accordingly.
1 head of cauliflower
202 is a restaurant inside of a high-end store for clothes, housewares, and antiques from Paris and the South of France. The idea was London designer, Nicole Farhi – she also has a store in Notting Hill with the same name. The menu leans British and Mediterranean, with dishes like warm goat cheese salad with salty prosciutto, sweet figs, and toasted pistachios to English favorites like fish and chips. Their signature cocktails include honey mojitos, which have conjured up quite the talk around town.
From what I can gather from others who have been there, they either love it or they hate it. I guess some people don’t want to browse the blouses while chowing down on a salad. To each is own!
I will be going to 202 this evening to meet up with my ‘pumas’ – I am sure I will enjoy one of those mojitos and maybe try a dish, but in this economy I’m likely not to buy a Nicole Farhi item. At least this restaurant/store concept gets you for one or the other!
75 Ninth Avenue in Chelsea Markets
@ 16th St.
I have even found myself looking for a more genuine, honest, and economical reality. I have found a place in NYC that offers these exact qualities: Joe – the art of coffee.