Dinner with four guys in the seafood business and one guy in the meat business in town for the Boston Seafood show. To say they were under the critical eye was an understatement.
The good: The food is incredible. The grand shellfish platter was all very fresh including lobster, island creek oysters, crab and littlenecks. You can't go wrong with Island creek even if they are my biggest competitor. The $64 Painted Hill Ribeye was the second best piece of meat I've ever had and I've had a lot. The meat guy explained that it's grass fed but finished with corn so you get a much better after taste. For sides we had lobster mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and asparagus. All of which were devoured. Others in the group got the painted hill sirloin. I learned that a sirloin and a NY sirloin are two entirely different cuts of meat.
The bad: The ambiance of that place is a cross between a morgue and cheap south florida motel.
When I go to a steak house I want oak and lots of it. I want to feel like I'm sitting in a library in my english country manner about to enjoy a scotch and cigar after my slab of beef.
The end result: I would go back but it wouldn't be my first choice. I would take another meat aficionado there. I looked on the painted hill website and there aren't many restaurants on the East coast using their meat.