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Day 1-Upstairs

Joanie | Aug 19, 2003 09:47 AM

What used to be in this space before Upstairs on the Square moved in? It's an interesting room, both the casual funkiness of downstairs and the slightly more elegant funkiness of upstairs. We were seated downstairs where there was a small choice on the prix fixe menu as opposed to the one chicken entree upstairs. Fairly busy for a Mon. but definitely could have squeezed in some last minute reservations. Bartender was nice and didn't look down his nose when I asked about the cheapest glass of wine (most were $10 and more). Two of us got the cold melon soup w/ prosciutto and a parmesan crisp thing, one got the salad w/ beets. Even tho I'm not a beet person, that was the clear winner as the soup was too sweet. However, both entrees were excellent; either salmon w/ a pesto type sauce served w/ asparagus and wax beans or canneloni w/ some corn and I'm not sure what else but it was great. Only small complaint was that there was no rice or potato w/ the salmon. The one dessert was pound cake w/ raspberries and some cream, not sure if it was whipped or fraiche or what but it was a nice ending to the meal even if it's not what I would normally order. Service was fine, the big shots of the restaurant were out in full force. Mary Catherine could tell I was looking for the bathroom and pointed it out to me. I saw who I thought was Lorenzo coming down the stairs and asked if he was the wine guy, commended him on the cheap wine and he said there's nothing better in the summer than a cold clear crisp white like that. He was nice, younger than I thought he'd be after reading about him for so long. Gourmanda Eats can add the more descriptive stuff, but all in all, a good start to restaurant week. (Coincidentally, last nite I dreamt that I screwed up my reservations and was late or going places on the wrong night.)

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