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Next Dinner twice

Thraz | Dec 29, 2003 08:55 PM

We went to Next Dinner on South Street for the second time last night, and all that Robin M. said on this board is true: it is really an excellent place. The service was flawless: discreet, extremely courteous and capable. BYOB, but the wine was served well (good glasses, which they knew not to fill to the rim). The food was first-rate both times. Calamari salad: warm calamari in a light sauce, no batter. The mixed greens and goat cheese salad was excellent, same for the duck confit salad and the tuna carpaccio. Main courses: I can't say enough about the braised lamb with polenta (true Italians may not recognize the polenta as such, it has a lot of cheese in it but it's very good - anyway if you like lamb, try this). The duck breast was very good and properly cooked, as were the fish dishes (a halibut special, and the osso buco of monkfish on the regular menu). Very accomodating kitchen which works well with the waitstaff: the halibut special came with a sauce that has garlic, but they offered a made-to-order lemon-based sauce instead to accomodate a member of our party who does not like garlic. The decor is also very nice, sort of minimalist-but-with-furniture; this probably makes no sense and I'm obviously not a decorator, but it has a good feel. As for the wine, most (if not all) appetizers are white-wine friendly, next time I will bring a bottle of white to start the meal before switching to red. Check: $130 for four people with tax, before tip, with four appetizers, four entrees including two specials, two desserts and two coffees. We did not have a single dish that did not receive two thumbs up. A favorite.

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