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capeanne | | Sep 10, 2007 06:36 PM

Had no problem landing a 730 reservation for 2 this evening on Opentable. Arrived a bit early , bar hopping , seated immediately in the first dining room against the wall. Decor did remind me very much of Brasseries in Paris .Really liked it even with early kinks . We shared a half carafe of sancerre ( more like a quartino at Otto's in NYC 1.5 real glasses). Tasty , dry enough and smooth at maybe $18. DH started with pate served with wicked mustard and cornichons . He was very satisfied. I started with onion soup ( was chilly enough outside) . Not too much bread or cheese and ladened with sherry . And there were several hunks of what I think were short ribs in there. Large serving and for an app I could only do half .I am an onion soup freak when in Paris and this would have made my top 5 list. DH ordered steak frites and was perfectly MR as ordered and frites ( agree with the McDonalds analogy) were hot and well seasoned . He said the beef was good and finished every morsel. I did the weiner schnitzel . Breading a little thick, veal tender and 3 thumb sized steamed potatoes which were fine but forgettable. Sauce ( blue cheese based ) was decadent and I too finished everything and enjoyed it. We went off the reservation with a reserve list bottle of Vosnes Romanee which doesn't count on the overall price to value calculation. It was delicious and worth it .Skipped dessert. I like the decor , yes it is loud and at times really a cacaphony of sounds ( music , laughter, plates etc) but again authentic for a Brasserie image. Server was more than pleasant and accomodating. I am not going off the deep end re service snafu's due to the youth of the place. ( no bread served, serious wait between water pour , menu delivery and ability to order and no one came back to check if we were needed anything after mains delivered.) Perhaps most egregious was that one of the bussers when cleaning off apps from table next to us dropped a used knife right onto my main plate was at the edge of the plate and the butt end and bounced off so I didn't get crazy but he also didn't offer to replace my entree,which I likely would have declined but still the clank and intrusion deserved more than a muffled " sorry". Think I was too shocked to react. All in all we will deinitely be back and if they keep the apps south of $10. and the mains south of $20. and the quality where it is I don't know how it can't be a keeper.

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