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Cafe de la Presse

Jupiter | Sep 27, 2005 07:24 PM

So i went for lunch today.
Can't say that i have ever been there before, so we are judging this experience as a first timer. I hear that the ownership changed and they re-did the inside.
first off: expensive.
the burger my friend ordered was 12 dollars.
it was a good looking burger, but still it was twelve dollars and the tomatoes on the burger were soggy and semi rotten. she picked them off. she told me she couldn't eat tomatoes anymore due to heart burn. Now, i love tomatoes, and anytime anyone picks the tomatoes out of anything, i dive right in. but these, i let them linger on the bread plate unwanted and alone, and soggy.
I ordered the bavette steak and hot tea. the steak came, but my tea did not. so i tried again for the tea, i asked the server (not the same as our waitress) and he said he would see to it. I then turned my attention to my steak. it looked good. the fries looked great. nice and light and crisp and pretty much perfect. The steak, well the steak was good, but the sauces were overwhelming and conflicting. it was a heavy beef stock sauce thickened with butter, i guess, and filled with carmelized onions, that were at this point carmelized to the point of jam. would have been GREAT over mashed potatoes, but not so great over the steak. and mabye it was just me, but the overwhelmingly savory sauce seeping into my pile of fries kind of bugged me. it was sogging them all up! and i know that normally this is the way it should be, but today my ocd kicked in a little harder than normal and i got annoyed that my fries were getting all soggy, so i shoved a peice of bread between the steak and the fries to dam the flow of gravy.
literally, thinking back on it now, it was gravy. i hate gravy on anything but mashed potatoes.
oh well.

the steak was good though.
halfway through the steak my tea showed up. so i steeped it while i ate my meal and then enjoyed the tea for desert.
and a long desert it was, since it took the waitress well over 20 minutes to take the check off the table. she clearly wasn't doing well today. we witnessed her get reprimanded twice (once by the server and once by the maitre'd) while waiting for her to pick up our check for processing.

poor thing. she looked on the verge of tears so we tipped her 20%

tea, sparkling water, 2 entrees and tip: $45 and 1.5 hours.

If i had more time, and a better seat, i would have enjoyed this meal more, but the space is noisy and tight and the kitchen seems to be catering to the union square crowd that they assume won't be back that often.

so, that is my first impression. not bad, but not great. i have had worse for more money, but i have had a lot better for less.

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