It's my go-to upscale restaurant for business lunches and dinners, from intimate 2 people to the upstairs room for 25.
Last night there were 8 of us, and we went early for the pre-theatre $44 prix fixe. For an additional $15 you can have 3 wine pairings, and all of us but one went this route.
There was only one other table occupied when we arrived at 6, and when we left at 8 or so, only a few more tables had people at them. There were people at the bar, including the executive chef, Marco.
Tocqueville puts great items on the prix fixe. First, an amuse, which was a lobster tofu square. Tasted like a bit of pate to me. First course, I had six delish Fisher Island oysters on the half shell-- the wine pairing was a pinot blanc sparkling wine, French. Perfect way to start. Others had the pea soup and really loved it. White asparagus was also a favorite choice around the table.
For my main course, I chose the "confit of sea bass" served with a bit of eggplant almost ratatouille style. The dish was described as having a moqueca style, but the Brazilian expert in my group, just back from Rio, said he didn't detect much of the typical ingredient (onion, cilantro, pepper, etc). It was a great dish, though, and it went just fine with my Quincy wine pairing (though the Brazilian expert asked for a red instead, and his Sonoma Pinot Noir was spectacular). Others enjoyed the skate, risotto, and a veggie dish with ramps.
For dessert, most of us had churros with chocolate and other sauces. The wine pairing was a sweet sancerre. One person had thee selection of ice creams and sorbets, which she loved, and another had a cheese selection-- very generous and well chose, with a port to drink. Mini gardises finished the meal.
Service was perfect. We were able to enjoy conversation, great food with perfect pacing, and spend well under $100 per person all included. WOW.
I don't understand why Tocqueville isn't more crowded, or why everyone goes ga ga over EMP (which I also enjoy) but not over Tocqueville. On the other hand, I can get IN at Tocqueville when I need to!