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Amateur Night (long)

chicgail | | Feb 15, 2008 04:55 AM

So last night Mr. CG and I went out to celebrate Valentine's Day. Now I know that, next to NYE, V-D is probably the worst of all possible nights to go out.

And to make matters worse, Mr. CG didn't get around to making reservations until 3:30 pm on the day-of. He found something at Green Dolphin Street at 7:30 and since we live in the neighborhood and had never tried it, it seemed like a good idea.

GDS greeted us, had our reservation and a long-stemmed red rose for me. So far so good. We got escorted to our table and discovered, not surprisingly, that they had a "special" menu for V-D.

We were served slightly stale cold rolls with wrapped pats of butter a-la Mitchells for breakfast.

The menu included a spinach salad with fruit or a spinach salad Cesar (that's what it said); a sorbet intermezzo; entree choices were salmon or fillet or a veggie plate.

They took our drink orders (no onions for Mr. CG's gibson so he had a martini) and a rather sweet cosmo for me and immediately took our dinner orders. Ok, not much to read; not much to choose from. We both chose the spinach Cesar and the filet.

Salads came immediately. Not spinach at all, but, (appropriately) romaine -- with olives(?). A nice touch was a toast point topped with a fresh anchovy instead of croutons.

Bus persons very eager to pull the plates away when we paused and then, before we had finished the salads, delivered two asian-style spoons filled with huge scoops of sweet strawberry sorbet. No way to taste the "intermezzo" without making a mess, so I requested spoons.

Quickly on the heels of the sorbet -- they were eager to turn those tables -- came the entree and then the waiter wanting to know if we wanted wine. Not for me, a little too late.The filet was cooked as ordered and topped with dry blue cheese. Asparagus spears and a tomato bruchetta also on the plate.

Dessert plates followed with a dry chocolate cake, two de rigeur chocolate-covered strawberries, an ice cream profiterole and a waver filled with sponge cake topped with sliced strawberries, mango and starfruit.

Now here's what I want to know.

1) Who else had a restaurant V-D experience worth talking about? Either a great one or a total disappointment.

2) Was our experience at Green Dolphin Street a typical, albeit exaggerated example of what to expect there or should we try it again on a quieter night?

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