Is Fine Dining Dead?

Taken from Studio Kitchen’s Blog….  How do you feel??

New Rule #52.

Fine Dining is not Dead.

It is just being reconfigured, the usual bullshit trappings like fish forks, 12 kinds of bread options, American Waiters from Brooklyn with fake French inflected accents, table chargers, gratuitous floral arrangements, Michelin stars, table-side plating, flambeing anything anywhere on the premises especially the dining room, ad-nauseum celebrity chef restaurant type pre-dining instructions on how to consume dishes, the use of any phrase by waiters that starts with “chef prefers……”, solicitous eye contact, among several others.

Think on a case by case basis, a $125 tasting menu at Eleven Madison Park may be a better value than multiple small sharing plates at your “small plates tapas venue” after you factor in the 2 pizzas and couple of hot dogs you eat at Grey’s Papaya on your way home.

Fine Dining was and always will be about Fine Food.

What is happening is we are dispensing with the draperies, no more window dressing.

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