Friday, January 29, 2010

NYC Dining Critique From a Laymen

It would take me over 51 years to eat at a different restaurant a day in the five boroughs of New York City. I don’t have the time or metabolism to take on that challenge, but once a week for the next couple of months I will indulge in the many varieties of ethnic cuisines the city has to offer. From Abruzzese to Yemenite, each neighborhood brings a special contribution to the dining community and enthusiasts alike. I will critique on the overall experience of each restaurant based on a number of different categories.

Ambiance. From the moment I walk in the door I want to feel a sense of tone and atmosphere that compliments the palate. Second, prompt and diligent service with a knowledge of each dish is key to a smooth and carefree dining experience. With so much competition in the city, why return to a restaurant that does not value customer service? Finally, the most important aspect in any restaurant experience today is comparing price to quality and portion. There is nothing I hate more than to leave a restaurant with an empty stomach and an empty wallet.

I would like to stress to the public that I have no background in culinary arts or restaurant management. I’m simply an average person who loves to dine out, but so are most people who take advantage of the wealth fine cuisine the city has to offer. I promise objective criticism that will value visitors and city residents.