Valley Table is running a replacement for the March HVRW, which got “postponed” on the very first day due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Unlike the $22.95/32,95 price fixed menus of HVRW, Time to Dine seems to be a “do whatever you want”, as it says on the website “Restaurants may offer any type of menu they wish—it does not have to be a prix-fixe menu. Be sure to contact the restaurant directly or check out their menus on The Valley Table website to see their offerings.”
So basically when you check their restaurant list and see a menu posted, you’ll see a combination of some HVRW priced 3-course menus, some with no prices, some at higher prices (I saw $36 and $45), and some regular menus with no obvious specials. Oh, and a couple of the menus are posted rotated, just to add to the “we have no clue what we’re doing” vibe.
Making matters worse, today’s Journal News/lohud has an article where an entire paragraph talks about HVRW pricing and the way I read it, at least, does nothing to say that it isn’t the case this time.
I spoke to a restaurant owner who I am friendly with who is not offering the price fixed menu (and who I made a reservation at before realizing it was not going to be price fixed), and he said that he would do one for me, but I feel guilty taking him up on the offer.
I welcome comments from others since I am wondering if I am the only one confused about this. Here’s the main site and list of restaurants (yes, they reused the HVRW list website). Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great to encourage people to return to restaurants if they are comfortable doing so. Personally, I am OK dining outdoors but not in a restaurant yet.