Tuesday, September 8, 2009

NYC seafood restaurant tip from the US Open (Hospitality EVENTuality)

My husband just handed me a slip of paper. I couldn't read his writing, so he had to decipher it. But before he explained what he'd written, he divulged why he had recorded the information. Beaming, he proclaimed that he'd received a hot NYC seafood restaurant tip from "some foodie critic kind of person" at the US Open. Because she mentioned two restaurants that we had recently researched and visited--Les Halles...

and L'Ecole--he bestowed his culinary imprimatur on her.

In good faith, I pass along her/his tip:

For seafood that is deelish (but definitely, très cher), boost the economy at Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin. [sidebar: I don't know if he owns the restaurant or he's "just" the Executive Chef.] Check out the prixe fix ($68) lunch menu at www.le-bernardin.com.*

After receiving this insider US Open NYC seafood restaurant tip, we have pledged to indulge our palates there during our next visit to NYC.** I picture us as a middle-aged version of Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay--my marital heroes. After all, it won't be long until we are officially a Darby and Jane couple.***

*On our last flight back from NYC, I saw a Delta Airlines shopping magazine's advertisement for a little bank that tabulates your total as you deposit your change. At the time, I was tempted to spend about $30 on it. Now, I figure that I could save that $30 and come up with some equally clever way to save $38 more for my Le Bernardin lunch. I honestly don't know how my husband plans to fund his meal.

**Jude Law is playing Hamlet, starting Sept. 12 until Dec. 6, at the Broadhurst Theater. It doesn't get better than this.

***Darby and Joan: devoted old couple leading a quiet, uneventful life [from Wordsmith]

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