We started the evening out by sharing an appetizer sampler at the Oxford, where the service was very friendly& attentive, but the 2 tiny crab cakes were soggy & didn't have much crab. They had shrunk the portions in the appetizer sampler so much that I felt we would have gotten more to eat if we had spent the same amount on 2 regular priced appetizers. Then we went to Binda Manda where the food was awesome, & the service & decor were great. I couldn't help but notice that some of the items offered in the $30 3-course prix fixe menu would have been cheaper if ordered from the regular menu. We tried to pick items that seemed the best value but we were served vegetarian summer rolls intead of the shrimp ones described on the promo menu, & the portion of the salmon entree seemed a little "scaled back." If we ordered the same items off the reg menu in a different week, they would have cost $28 or $29 instead of $30, & the portions would have probably been larger. Bottom line was we had a nice evening out and ate some great food, but Restaurant Week didn't provide any added value or promotional pricing.
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Great music. A bit disorganized. The location was easy to get to, but too small for the amount of people that showed up for this event. Also, not enough tables and chairs to accommodate all the people that paid to sample the delicious authentic Latin food. However, for just 3 bucks, it was a pretty nice event.
I saw this play last night. While Taylor Mac was absolutely astonishing as the Emcee, he practically carried the show by himself. The lead actress was a lovely singer but she had no chemistry with her love interest.
But the biggest distraction was the design of the production. If this was 1930s Germany there was hardly a clue to that in the costumes and staging. I was trying to figure out if they had tried to stage Nazi Germany in a different era. The chorus was dressed and coiffed in a style for some period I could not identify. I found the production to be entirely too American in feel and it distracted from the story,
Went to the 7pm show which lasted all of an hour. Band was not tight at all and to me sounded like they could crash and burn at any moment. Nic Payton is great even if he was just playing scales. David Sanchez sounded atonal and discordant whenever he played which was not much. Stefon Harris sounded pretty good and looked like he was having a good time. The percussionist and his vocals were almost embarrassing. The bass sounded very muddy and one note like a bad subwoofer which the sound system and mix was more to blame for than the musician. In this small venue I believe they could have pulled off an "unplugged" set and it would have sounded better. Disappointed in the amount of time they played, the sound and the performance.
The bronzed chorus rawk!!! They're gonna be the next Aerosmith!!!
My boyfriend and I were originally excited about going to this, as we love Delillo. We were sorely disappointed. Apparently, instead of rehearsing, the director has merely been marinating the actors in ham. It was truly ghastly.
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