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Why would you say that. I admit I'm no expert on Piantini but I've found the place extremely walkable on the limited occasions I've been there.
?? I walk the city 5 days a week. I love it.! the city blocks in Piantini are small with many blind corners. That and there are not many pedestrians. Other parts of the city like Belle Vista and the Sarasota Ave corridor all the way to the Presidents house have little parks that offer a wide sidewalk and stop lights. Still, one must be super cautious. My main concern is not robbery or covid, it's getting hit by a moto driving between stopped traffic,
 
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IMO many of the restaurants are more of a "to be seen" kind of thing rather than being known for good food. There are some good restaurants in Santo Domingo, however, most of the clientele would be considered "low key money types" (meaning they have money but are not there to be "seen"). So, these places you would not see plastered all over social media. Years ago, we used to like to go to El meson de la cava. Good food at the time, ambiance was nice, etc... Now you go and everyone is just taking photos for Instagram, that type of crowd. Just a different vibe now and the food is so-so. Of course, my favorite was always Vesuvio's on the Malecon. Miss that place.
Which so accurately describes one of my favorites......Vizcaya......and its still going after 60 years.

And I too miss Vesuvio.........it was, like Vizcaya, an absolute must while in SD.

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IMO many of the restaurants are more of a "to be seen" kind of thing rather than being known for good food. There are some good restaurants in Santo Domingo, however, most of the clientele would be considered "low key money types" (meaning they have money but are not there to be "seen"). So, these places you would not see plastered all over social media. Years ago, we used to like to go to El meson de la cava. Good food at the time, ambiance was nice, etc... Now you go and everyone is just taking photos for Instagram, that type of crowd. Just a different vibe now and the food is so-so. Of course, my favorite was always Vesuvio's on the Malecon. Miss that place.
Everyone has their "go to" spots for various culinary favorites. An evening with my girlfriend, for me, must have ambiance, good food and service. Girls like to dress up and look at the competition if you will. If I am going out with the fellows, I like Boga Boga. Great wine list and seafood. That place is as you put it "low key money". I also frequent Meson Cienfuegos, low key and super fab.
 
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Everyone has their "go to" spots for various culinary favorites. An evening with my girlfriend, for me, must have ambiance, good food and service. Girls like to dress up and look at the competition if you will. If I am going out with the fellows, I like Boga Boga. Great wine list and seafood. That place is as you put it "low key money". I also frequent Meson Cienfuegos, low key and super fab.

Thanks for these recommendations. I have been to Sully on Charles Sumner a few times recently, it's sooooo cheap (comparatively) and if you like fish or seafood it's a good option. Nothing at all to look at from outside, it's directly opposite Pricesmart.
 

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Thanks for these recommendations. I have been to Sully on Charles Sumner a few times recently, it's sooooo cheap (comparatively) and if you like fish or seafood it's a good option. Nothing at all to look at from outside, it's directly opposite Pricesmart.
Sully gets my vote as well. Great food, crappy parking
 

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IMO many of the restaurants are more of a "to be seen" kind of thing rather than being known for good food. There are some good restaurants in Santo Domingo, however, most of the clientele would be considered "low key money types" (meaning they have money but are not there to be "seen"). So, these places you would not see plastered all over social media. Years ago, we used to like to go to El meson de la cava. Good food at the time, ambiance was nice, etc... Now you go and everyone is just taking photos for Instagram, that type of crowd. Just a different vibe now and the food is so-so. Of course, my favorite was always Vesuvio's on the Malecon. Miss that place.
You go back quite a few years... late 80's, early 90's....? The ruin is still there, I always take a look when I pass by
 

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You go back quite a few years... late 80's, early 90's....? The ruin is still there, I always take a look when I pass by
I remember mid-eighties when they used to bring busloads of tourists there. No idea from where.

Vesuvio went under when the old man died. The kids weren't interested in keeping it going.

I ran into one of them a few years back in Agora Mall. She had a popcorn stand there. Anybody know if she's still there?
 

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I remember mid-eighties when they used to bring busloads of tourists there. No idea from where.

Vesuvio went under when the old man died. The kids weren't interested in keeping it going.

I ran into one of them a few years back in Agora Mall. She had a popcorn stand there. Anybody know if she's still there?
The old man was the best. He heard me asking for Tanqueray 10 one time and asked if I liked it for Martinis. I said yes and he told me next week we will have it. And he did all the time after. A great guy that was always around with a smile. Miss him.........
 

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I remember mid-eighties when they used to bring busloads of tourists there. No idea from where.

Vesuvio went under when the old man died. The kids weren't interested in keeping it going.

I ran into one of them a few years back in Agora Mall. She had a popcorn stand there. Anybody know if she's still there?
Could be an idea for Hrnos Villar, to rebuild the place? They also continue to expand....
 

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Finally got up to the 4th floor of the Blue Mall today. Was there between 1230 and 1pm. Very sparsley populated.

Ate lunch in the Hard Rock. Just an above excellent bacon cheeseburger. And after I called Citibank to raise my credit limit, I could afford to pay for it.

Seriously $24 was a bit too steep for me, but it was good.
 

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Finally got up to the 4th floor of the Blue Mall today. Was there between 1230 and 1pm. Very sparsley populated.

Ate lunch in the Hard Rock. Just an above excellent bacon cheeseburger. And after I called Citibank to raise my credit limit, I could afford to pay for it.

Seriously $24 was a bit too steep for me, but it was good.
So is the entire 4th floor Hard Rock or is Chili's still there?
 

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Finally got up to the 4th floor of the Blue Mall today. Was there between 1230 and 1pm. Very sparsley populated.

Ate lunch in the Hard Rock. Just an above excellent bacon cheeseburger. And after I called Citibank to raise my credit limit, I could afford to pay for it.

Seriously $24 was a bit too steep for me, but it was good.
I liked better the old location in the colonial zone. I thought it was a perfect spot for it.
 

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Does anybody really care about Hard Rock anymore? Seems like a Hard Rap Café would be more contemporary.
Hard Rock went to the Indians years ago, the Seminole Indians. These are the same ones that made a living 40 years ago selling tax free cigarettes out of trailers in Ft. Lauderdale. Now they are Billionaires.................
 

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Does anybody really care about Hard Rock anymore? Seems like a Hard Rap Café would be more contemporary.
You are right. And the food is not interesting either. I recently noticed Hooters was gone at the Acropolis Mall. Could it be Dominicans are loosing interest in this type of food. Burgers and fries etc. And what about Tony Romas ?
 

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Finally got up to the 4th floor of the Blue Mall today. Was there between 1230 and 1pm. Very sparsley populated.

Ate lunch in the Hard Rock. Just an above excellent bacon cheeseburger. And after I called Citibank to raise my credit limit, I could afford to pay for it.

Seriously $24 was a bit too steep for me, but it was good.
I should add to my last comment. People are loosing interest in overpriced burgers, fries and coca cola. Plus it slowly kills you.
 

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I should add to my last comment. People are loosing interest in overpriced burgers, fries and coca cola. Plus it slowly kills you.
Yea, but once in a while there's no harm in it. As Lindsey puts it, I am old but not yet worn out.

I think it's also an age/generation thing. To me Hard Rocks will always be iconic and a place to go. I'm sure that's not true to the younger generation.
 
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Yea, but once in a while there's no harm in it. As Lindsey puts it, I am old but not yet worn out.

I think it's also an age/generation thing. To me Hard Rocks will always be iconic and a place to go. I'm sure that's not true to the younger generation.
I also used to like the theme. When they opened up the franchise internationally at first it was a big deal.
 

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Yea, but once in a while there's no harm in it. As Lindsey puts it, I am old but not yet worn out.

I think it's also an age/generation thing. To me Hard Rocks will always be iconic and a place to go. I'm sure that's not true to the younger generation.

Me too. I remember taking our kids to the one on 57th street in Manhattan about 35 years ago, there was the back half of a 50s car protruding above the entrance. It was one of the first restaurants. Today they’re into casinos. They took over Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, and now Steve Wynn’s Mirage in Vegas.

I don’t see their popularity waning in DR or anywhere else. (But my favorite radio station is Classic Vinyl on Sirius 😂)