Arriving post-theater at around 10:30p, the place is empty, with staff salsa-ing to the pre-recorded music in the bar. This is distressing, as the dining room stays open till 11p and the bar serves a lighter menu till midnight. We take a table in the dining room anyway, and have another lovely meal, starting with a complimentary amuse bouche of pureed spring vegetables and favas, light and delicious, on toast rounds.
Apps of a big, beautiful green salad with lovely bits of soft cheese (goat-y, we think), and a "salume" plate, a huge slice of Italian cold cut, perhaps mortadella, topped with fresh herbs, roasted pistachios, little bitty grappa-soaked currants, and hunks of firm Italian cheese (a peccorino of some kind, as I recall). Entree of Kobe sirloin (I think I got the end-of-the-evening bonus, two large 12-ounce slabs instead of one, cooked rare as ordered) with lovely mushrooms and pan gravy, and bland fingerling potatoes ($22, a scandalous bargain). Second-course appetizer of risotto with morels, truffle oil, and fresh favas, creamy and spectacular.
Desserts of a butterscotch-y parfait topped with an ultra-thin Florentine, and a plate of gorgeous homemade chocolates (favorites: the salty caramel, and the white chocolate with a firey jalapeno cream or jelly center, wow!). A $25 Australian Shiraz and a Taylor LBV port bring the total $96 with tax. Very friendly, attentive service, albeit with not many patrons competing for our attention. A superb value.
I was relieved to see a couple more parties come in during our dinner, but I'm still concerned that this place will go by the wayside without really being discovered, which would be a great shame. I have to shake my head at the crowds filling up the many inferior chain outlets nearby.
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