My boyfriend and I arrived at August at around 9:30 tonight expecting the worst since this restaurant does not accept reservations and was recently positively reviewed in the NYT, yet hoping for the best since it was the first summery holiday weekend and a lot of people presumably went away. Luckily, we were quoted a 20 minute wait, and that was about exactly as long as we waited in a nook across from the bar and oven area before we were seated in the greenhouse-like, glass-ceilinged black room.
August's bread basket deserves special mention--the delicious bread (nice crust, creamy center) was served warm with butter served at a spreadable temperature. It was hard not to fill up on this. My entree was the soft shell crab grenoblaise--2 soft shell crabs served over wilted greens. The crabs were nice, but the croutons/sauce they were topped by was unpleasantly vinegary. The vinegar theme continued with my boyfriend's lamb salad. The lamb was a delicious, obviously high-quality piece of meat served barely seared. Unfortunately, the lamb slices were arranged around some vinegar-soaked bread topped with a mound of vinegar-dressed salad.
I finished my meal with the toffee pudding--not a pudding, but a soft cake served in a pool of toffee syrup. I really loved this dessert.
While I wasn't blown away by some aspects of this meal, I appreciate August's high-quality ingredients and attention to preparation, and I'd like to return to try some other items that might not be as vinegar-based.
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