Archive for February, 2010

NYC Winter 2010 Restaurant Week: The Bar Room at The Modern

February 17, 2010

We tested out New York City’s Winter 2010 Restaurant Week at The Bar Room at The Modern and weren’t disappointed. As advertised (or relayed in revered reports) every aspect of a Danny Meyers experience is good one.

From the moment we enter and are greeted by friendly-but-not-overbearing hosts whisking away coats, leading us to our table, we agree venturing out during RW is worth it. And we haven’t even tasted the food.

Moments later, we’re sipping bubbly beverages — craft beer for Eric, sparkling wine for me. (On a side note the wine list declares a RW special –20+ bottles of wine for $40 each.) In fact, the entire menu is set up for Restaurant Week, which is a welcome treat. Many participating restaurants offer a separate prix-fixe menu in addition to their regular menu, so it’s easy to feel like a cheapskate for sticking to the RW menu, even though it’s the entire point.

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Mini Lotion & Potion Hoarder

February 2, 2010

It’s the middle of a workday afternoon and I’m sitting on the bathroom floor of my small Brooklyn apartment. I’m on deadline but I’m compelled, anyway, to sit on the cold tile and stare accusingly at the contents of the cabinet under the sink.

I’m a neat-freak by nature. I find clutter mildly suffocating and harbor a hatred for knick-knacks that confounds the women in my family. But after stumbling upon an Oprah episode on “hoarders” I’m suddenly filled with anxiety about my dirty (or clean?) little secret. Taking up every cubic inch of this cabinet, threatening my identity as a non-hoarding neat freak, wire mesh containers overflow with hotel-issued shampoos, conditioners, gels and lotions.

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