I wrote this for the AOL Travel Board but thought it was also worth sharing here. One man's opinion:
We've been to LBF twice before - for lunch - but not for 2-3 years. We went yesterday for my birthday (not really till tomorrow ). It was magnificent! And, even though price went up, it's still a bargain.
Because of the holidays and many large parties, they moved the 1:30 seating to 2pm. That made this an early dinner at 1/3 the price! We were not rushed and 2 ½ hours later were full. The portions are not huge but more than ample but the desserts fill you up as you will see.
I noticed very few changes on the dining room. It sure looks exactly the same size. The waiters all were professional though a bit more laid back than I remember. The Somelier has a very thick French Accent, which fits the mood.
For appetizers, my dining partner has the smoked salmon. It was delicious but to me there are more creative things than thinly sliced lox on a plate. I had a dish described as "Farfalle with Lobster and Beef rib". It was beautiful. On the left side of plate was a piece of short rib wrapped around some lobster meat with the lobster shell on top. There was a Rameikin filled with long, very wide, flat pasta in a delicious sauce with more lobster meat.
We both had the same next course: Rack of Lamb. Two chops done perfect in much reduced intense sauce. Served on top of Basmati rice with a small serving of minced lamb meat and what I THINK was a roasted leek. Delish!
And now for the dessert cart. They have not cut back. There are 20 different desserts on it and you are challenged to have as many as you want. I was up for the challenge. First we requested a sampler plate of all the desserts containing Chocolate. There were 12 and the waiter arranged them beautifully! Then I asked for the others. And made it through them. Oh yes, I passed on one: South American pineapple with ginger (the latter is not a favorite flavor of mine). The winner was the Le Bec Fin cake with three layers of Chocolate. With the coffee they then brought a little cookie plate sampler (which we decided to take home.. I had for breakfast today.).
The Wine list is immense. 30 pages! But there were at least 9 bottles in the $40-$50 range and we had a delicious 2000 Cabernet. Lunch is $45.00 price fixed. Dinner is 7 course and is about $100. more. I couldn't have eaten any more, believe me! (Sadly, lunch is only Monday-Friday).
George Perrier arrived as we were on dessert and came around to great everyone. There were, as I said, many office parties.
So at about $75.00 per person including tax and tip I think it's still a steal. Especially considering that that is less than a mezzanine seat for a matinee at Phantom of The Opera! (and you are still hungry after that!
Just know that reservations are required and far in advance if possible.
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