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Avec vs. Blackbird

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Avec vs. Blackbird

phr208 | Jul 28, 2008 12:14 PM

My family and I (party of 5) had a great meal at Blackbird over the weekend. We didn't get seated until 20-30 minutes after our reservation time due to the previous party at the 5-tops taking their sweet time. Apparently they were there for 4 hours. As a result, the staff was truly apologetic and understanding towards us, doing everything they could to speed things along. When we finally got seated, we were greeted to a free round of champagne! Without getting into details about the food, everything was outstanding, namely the veal sweetbreads, suckling pig, and pork belly. Additionally, we got 3 desserts completely COMPED...another nice gesture from the staff since we had to wait awhile for our table. In total, we paid $300 (incl. tax/tip/3 cocktails). Of course, it would've been slightly more if we had to pay for the 3 desserts.

We want to try Avec sometime soon, so my question is how does Avec compare to Blackbird in terms of price/portion sizes? The prices at Avec certainly look cheaper, but how are the portion sizes? Would we expect to pay the same amount of money to be equally satisfied and full as we were at Blackbird?

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