A few months ago, Eric Asimov reviewed Le Tableau in
his Under $25 column. It's at 511 E. 5th, east of Ave.
This is a nice restaurant. Pleasant atmosphere, good
service, and excellent food. I stuck to the day's
specials, a lovely gazpacho with a pile of perfect
calamari in the middle, and then a roasted whole red
snapper with a sauce similar to putanesca. A friend
had another special, rack of lamb with Moroccan
seasoning, also excellent. The lamb was advertised as
coming with mint tabbouleh that turned out to be
mint-seasoned cous-cous, also good but not what the
Desserts were very good, especially the banana tart.
The wine list is interesting and varied, including
several good wines by the glass.
Either prices have gone up, or Eric's definition of a
meal is a lot leaner than mine. With appetizers,
entrees, dessert, and a bottle of wine split three
ways, it came to nearly $50 per person.