I haven't been to Grill 23 in quite a while but always enjoyed meals there and am headed back this weekend (after a painful stop at the ATM...). I am glad to see recent comments that are generally positive.
What are YOUR favorite specific dishes (apps, sides, mains, desserts) you have had there recently? Are there any disappointments to steer clear of? Any that are "do not miss for any reason"?
Also, are the cocktails good enough (by this I mean comparable if not quite as great as Drink, Eastern Standard, Green Street, and Craigie on Main) to merit the premium tariffs I am sure are attached, or should I stick to beer/wine for the evening (which is fine - I just hate to miss a fine cocktail if it's to be had)?
I am OK with a $15 Manhattan as long as it's good bourbon or rye with fresh sweet vermouth (ideally more interesting than M&R but that will do), proper bitters, and served in a well-chilled glass (a tasty cherry is optional but desirable) - is this expectation reasonable?