So I got this e-mail about a month ago that LBF was starting a M-Th $39 3-course dinner. I called and made a reservation for last night, to celebrate end of Passover and DH's b'day. The nice reservation lady said the dessert cart was probably not included but it would be fine. It was more than fine.
The cheap seats are in the front room (and maybe the first two tables in the main room). Our menu was a one-page printed sheet (the big spenders get the leather binding). 5 choices each for apps and entrees, 3 for dessert. YOu can add the dessert cart for $12 (you don't need to) or a cheese course for $15. Wine is standard LBF prices (about $14-20 for a small pour of excellent wine).
We chose the scallops with caramelized onions and watercress, and the smoked salmon for apps. Other choices were a melon soup, a salad, and mushroom ravioli. Both apps were outstanding. The salmon is the same one you get on the expensive menu -- beautifully served. The scallop app was two large perfectly grilled scallops on a bed of luscious onions.
Our entrees were the braised lamb shank (fabulous, and a huge portion), boullabaise (five perfect mussels, big piles of salmon and monkfish, plus veggies in a great saffron broth), and a pork tenderloin (looked great but I didn't get a taste). There was also a chicken and a poached salmon available.
Dessert is a choice of creme brulee, frozen grand marnier souffle, or "petit sampler". Mom ordered the ps without chocolate. I ordered the ps "with her chocolate". DH ordered the ps. Mom got three large portions of non-chocolate cakes. Ed and I got three large portions of chocolate-based cakes -- including an incredible chocolate hazelnut thing, a chocolate and mocha mousse cake, and a napoleon.
Service was equal to the best of LBF, despite the low price of the dinner. We tipped generously. This has got to be the best $39 dinner ever. They are not stinting on the quality of food nor the service, nor the quantity. We certainly did not leave hungry (I couldn't finish my dessert).