I’ve had this place in mind for at least 5 years (the gmail evidence only goes back to 2012, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I hadn’t read about it before then and neglected to write it down). It offers a reasonably-for-this-city priced brunch with drinks, and…actually, that’s all I knew about it.
By the time I finally got around to trying it out, the price had been raised $5.
Which wasn’t a big deal because it was still more affordable than many other popular brunch spots. But it was a pretty obvious example of what living in New York means in general.
There are so many things to do that it can take half a decade to do something you really want to do, and when you finally go to do it, you find that it’s either more expensive, or not the same as when you first heard of it, or closed down. When it actually lives up to your expectations, you wonder whether you’re dreaming, or whether you inadvertently lowered your expectations at some point to avoid being disappointed. Or maybe only I do that. Maybe you have no problem with keeping expectations at an appropriate level.
Luckily, the price didn’t put a damper on the day, and we were placed at a table pushed up against a fireplace, so even though the left side of my face was close to developing a light char by the end of the meal, it was lovely. (It was also freezing outside, so the flames were welcome.)
The food was really good, too. Though I ordered a dish with truffle oil in it so I may not be an unbiased judge.