New York City, February 20th, 4:30 p.m. – Wanna Meet Up?

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 13.266% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

So February 20th is going to be a hell of a day for us, thanks to our new plan of romance.
See, Gini and I spend so much time visiting with people that we don’t get any time for ourselves; our 14th anniversary passed last year with zero fanfare.  And we’ve also felt a lament because we love fine dining – some of our fondest memories are at the Aureole in Las Vegas and Victoria & Albert’s in Disney.
So why not combine the two?  We decided once a quarter, we would travel to a Michelin-starred restaurant and do what Michelin says a Michelin star is for – eat a meal so good, it was worth planning a trip there just for the experience.
And so, on February 20th, we’ll be in New York, eating at Joe Bastianich’s restaurant Babbo for lunch.  (Why Babbo?  Because we’re addicted to Master Chef, because his book Restaurant Man is the second-best book I’ve read on what it’s like to run a restaurant, and because of his New York restaurants it has a slight edge on the best food.)  We’ve decided to go all-out and book tickets to The Book of Mormon in the evening, because why not do a Broadway show?
But that does leave a gap – and when our dear friend Nex0s asked, “When can I see you?”, rather than scheduling a million individual dates with all the people we want to see in NYC, we figured we’d do the Jay Lake thing and show up in a public place.  Want to meet a Ferrett and a Gini?  Then come to us, we’ll welcome you with open arms.  No prior physical meeting necessary, as we live largely online.
The problem is, I no longer know New York well enough to know where that place should be.  I need someplace flexible enough to allow an unknown number of people to hang out, close enough to Broadway that we can stay fairly late there and still get to our show on time, and warm.  Some munchies for folks would probably be nice, but I assume I’ll still have the warm afterglow of Babbo.
a)  If you’re interested, lemme know.
b)  If you’re local and can suggest a venue, that would be awesome.
(Future plans: Graham Elliot’s restaurant Graham Elliot, Chicago’s Alinea, and Philadelphia’s Morimoto.  Other suggestions within a six-hour drive welcomed.)


  1. Trevi8
    Jan 22, 2014

    It is at the high end of your 6hr radius but if you ever care to come towards Washington DC, I can recommend some amazing restaurants out here. I’d even volunteer my services as tour guide for our gorgeous monuments.

    • TheFerrett
      Jan 22, 2014

      I know Washington has some excellent restaurants; it’s just hard to deal without the Michelin stars to tell which ones are really worth the trip.

  2. nex0s
    Jan 22, 2014

    Email & suggestions sent!

  3. Jim Ryan
    Jan 22, 2014

    I’d look forward to seeing you here in my town. See comments via other channel for questions that would affect logistics.

    • TheFerrett
      Jan 22, 2014

      Thanks, I’ll look it over with Gini when we get the chance.

  4. Alba
    Jan 22, 2014

    Sign me up… I’ve followed you on Fetlife and your blog for about a year now and would love to meet Gini and you. How do I find out the location?

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