DAVID'S is a two month old restaurant near the old Beech St Grill. It is an ambitious place with the clear goal of elevating dining on the island. The owners have spent a lot of money renovating the place and i think they've done a smashing job. The bar is cozy but roomy and had a lone soprano sax guy playing light jazz which was just right (did I just say light jazz was ok?).
We had the amuse , tenderloin sliders, scallop "BLT" which was great, duck pot pie made with duck confit and petit filets with mushroom risotto....Cheesecake and cheese plate for dessert. Each was great. The risotto was just right..a rare thing. About the only miss was the lack of something sweet on the cheese plate. Forgivable. Wine list is on an iPad and not huge, but what I had was nice.
MERGE finally has a website but one still must call for reservations.
BEECH ST GRILL is gone. Word from waitstaff is that new owners ran it into the ground.
LE CLOS is still a great place. Reliably great bistro food.
CAFE KARIBO was a disappointment. It was a disorganized and grimy place when we visited. Apps were served after the mains. Cheeseburger was ok...fries good...tuna melt was skimpy and under seasoned.
Our table was made of old wood that had the finish stripped off. The boards had shrunk leaving big gaps that were filled with the crumbs of past meals. Ew. The floor was concrete that had had tile removed but the adhesive remained...just looked dirty. The flowers in a carafe were in murky water...gross. I know this place has a big following. I don't get it.