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This is what drinking in the future looked like circa 1982, as envisioned by futurist and concept artist Syd Mead for the film Blade Runner

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A Restaurant For (Film) Geeks: This Is What The Future Looks Like

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This is what drinking in the future looked like circa 1982, as envisioned by futurist and concept artist Syd Mead for the film Blade Runner--one of the best science fiction movies ever made. It was dark. It was grim. It was always raining. Everyone walked around everywhere with neon umbrellas and ate noodles and shot at robots. Basically, it could've been Seattle on any Friday night. Minus the robots, of course.

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And this is Bar Basque, the newest Manhattan restaurant opened by Jeffrey Chodorow and designed by Syd Mead (who also did some of the conceptual design work on Aliens, TRON and Short Circuit). Here's another look.

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And another.

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It's pretty, I guess. In a very, very red kind of way. Pretty in the way that 2001 was pretty, or Gattaca. Sterile and smooth and rounded and clean. I mention it here in case any of you well-to-do foodies who got all excited about the French chef five-way at the James Beard House I wrote about earlier in the week also happen to be film buffs and are looking for a place to geek out a little before the big dinner in November. But also because I'm a huge fan of the kind of gritty, dystopic realism that Mead brought to his film work. I mean, I'd much rather go eat here...

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...the noodle bar from the opening scene of Blade Runner, but that's just me. One of the reasons I like running around the International District so much is that, on a good night, it feels like taking a step sideways in time and hanging out in Syd Mead's vision of what Los Angeles was supposed to look like in 2019.

One thing Bar Basque does have going for it, though? According to Gothamist, it has a glass enclosed lounge/terrace with a retractable roof that looks out (from the second floor of the Eventi hotel) over the park where the country's biggest flat screen TV stays on 24/7 showing movies, ads, and whatever else. Kinda reminds me of...

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But maybe that's just me, too.

 
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