NYC hound in Houston for business will want a proper meal Weds evening. Staying at the Four Seasons downtown (1300 Lamar). No car, though the hotel offers free transportation of reasonable distances. Last time I was in town we dined at Mark's, which I have to say, was a bit ham-fisted IMO:
"This sole needs caviar. And maybe a quail egg."
"Crabmeat, not rich enough? We should also mix in lobster. And a beurre blanc"
It was delicious but just "too much" and often overpowered the essence of the ingredients.
I also dined at Catalan and thought it had one of the best wine lists I've seen in a long time, and authentic and thoughtful tapas.
How about Voice or The Grove - very close to the 4 Seasons? Looking to dine alone at the bar with nice wines by the glass or half bottles.
Any ideas are welcome. Many thanks.