Tuesday, July 11, 2006

This comes highly recommended

I have a confession to make: I've now been to three out of three restaurants recommended by one of my more recent friends here in the city, and have loved every one of them. Tonight? It was 7A. (I had the chicken stir fry with brown rice from the "24hr menu"—it absolutely hit the spot!) You can just go ahead and guess the intersection where this place is located. (Hint: It's in the East Village.) So yes, if you are out there reading this, and I think there's a chance you might be, then I admit it: You have wonderful taste in restaurants. It's not that I don't try out places on my own, without being recommended to them by someone. It's just that I've had such good luck with places that people in general suggest to me that I pounce upon any good notice I hear. It may just be that long-ago bit of advice passed along to me—back before I'd fallen in love with New York, before I even imagined myself living here—from a New Yorker at the time, now living in Europe. She said there are thousands of places to eat here in the city, and not all of them are good, so it's best to keep an ear out for the ones that are worth your money and time, so you won't waste too much on the bad ones. The other good thing about taking recommendations from people is that you can start to associate eateries with people. The person who first introduced you to a place. The person with whom you first shared some place. The people you're with when you're the one doing the introduction. And I'm not saying it's a one-way street. I get as much pleasure out of sharing my favorite restaurants with others as I do upon discovering new ones. I sometimes mention places around Hudson Heights, Washington Heights and Inwood that I enjoy. Perhaps it's time I typed out the contents of a little black book I keep with the names and locations of my favorite places in other neighborhoods, too.

3 comments:

Jaime said...

do people actually recommend bad restaurants?

Jeremy said...

Well, people could have different tastes, different priorities. But I guess you're right. I did write this post after I'd had a few drinks last night at the Three of Cups Lounge ...

Spectator1 said...

I have come to love recommendations by others, especially when I'm traveling.
Speaking of which, I'm traveling to NYC next month and I'm looking for some restaurant recommendations. :) We're staying at the Hilton near Rockefeller Center. Will likely venture to the village one night to go to the comedy cellar, so any village suggestions would be handy.