Six of us had a late meal at Cafe Gray friday night. Very good meal, good energy in the restaurant and pretty good service.
Notwithstanding comments on this board about the brown leather, mirrors and brass etc., with the room full of people there was a less a '70s feel than just a bright, upbeat, lively restaurant.
Each dish was very good, starting with the bread, which had a great crust with an inside that stood up to the crust. Appetizers included the risotto w/mushroom that lived up to it's billing; yellowtail; beef consume; and shrimp salad. Everyone cleaned their plate and was happy with their dish.
We then had a red snapper with red and yellow pepper amuse that was good and sufficiently light as to not kill our appetites.
Main courses included the warm lobster salad (much loved), rice-crusted fluke, the bronzino with speghetti squash (which was excellent; each component was distinct yet blended nicely), beef short ribs (which were incredibly rich and had so much flavor), and the lamb chops, perhaps the best dish on the table.
While there was a problem in the kitchen with one order, the staff was appropriately apologetic and the item was not on the bill. Overall, the service met a very high standard and seemed comensurate with the quality of the food.
I think it is fair to say that it is the rare restaurant that immediately operates on all cylinders. If, after just five weeks, Cafe Gray is putting out such good food and such a good experience, it is probably a good bet that six months to a year from now it will be established as one of the go-to restaurants in the City.
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