UPDATE: MRPR certainly knows something about disappearing posts. For whatever reason, Frodnesor has removed his earlier post. So the link below is broken.
Frodnesor over at Food For Thought writes of a recommendation he had made to a New York food blogger that he go visit NAOE, which readers of this blog know has held the #1 spot in the power rankings since this blog debuted last November. I’ve fawned over it almost as much as I have Sakaya Kitchen. If I had two goldfish, I’d name one of them NAOE and one of them Sakaya. And then I’d eat them both.
Well, it turns out that this New York food blogger showed up late to NAOE. However, this restaurant has “seatings” and it only works if you show up on time. The way Chef Cory works is that he prepares the bento boxes at the same time and everything comes up fresh, the little fish still writhing from their dunk in the scolding oil bath. I understand that the concept of seatings may be a bit inflexible but if it does not work for everyone, then NAOE just isn’t for everyone.
In fact, I’d like to make that pronouncement: NAOE isn’t for everyone. There, I said it. It isn’t for vegetarians. It isn’t for people who keep kosher. It isn’t for unadventurous sushi eaters. It isn’t for anteaters (presumably, they just eat ants). NAOE just isn’t for everyone.
It should come as no surprise that I’m siding with NAOE in this beef. Chef Cory and Wendy, who manages everything front of house, are the nicest people you’ve ever met. To get under their skin takes serious effort. For better or worse, this blogger’s reputation precedes him, as Frodnesor sets out in his post. Head over to Food For Thought and read the emails that Frodnesor received from this blogger and from Chef Cory. And then let me know in the comments who you think got the best of it.