Went to Lyric to celebrate a birthday a few weeks ago and am tardy in posting a review.
Sunday evening, no reservation (1st choice was overflowing) so called to see if anything was available at around 7:45 - the hostess said "sure.come on over".
Having enjoyed the older and renovaved Abbicci several times, we were disappointed to see that the beautiful marble bar had been removed and replaced with a grand piano, but having heard later that the owner is a singer and entertains often, that softened the loss of such a beautiful piece.
We were seated in the room on the left, at a table for 2 in the corner so off to a good start. The room was a little more than half full, and a little loud at first. Unfortunately the table of 4 across from us were several drinks into their evening and felt the need to have an unbearably loud conversation about something that cost $25K (I cared not to know) - thankfully our waiter noticed the pained look on my face when they broke out in yet another bout of loud laughter and asked if we wanted to move. We promptly agreed and were whisked off to the other side of the room (just a wall apart, but a world's difference) where we could sit an enjoy a delightful meal.
We both ordered special appetizers - husband had a yellowfin sashimi with a crab/ponzue salad. The sashimi was paper thing and arranged on the plate in a circle like a flower, with the crab ponzu salad in the center - very unusual and delicious.
I had the zucchini flowers, stuffed with an herbed ricotta mix and fried in a tempura batter, served over an arugula salad with mango - it was a perfect way to start a meal, delicious!
Main courses were pan roasted halibut with blue peruvian potatoes for DH - the potatoes were just ok but the fish was perfectly cooked.
I had another special - grilled bluefish served over a corn, fingerling potato and bacon saute - this was a match made in heaven. The strong bluefish with the sweet corn, just tender fingerlings and super smoky bacon were a delight.
Our server was thoughful (I think we would have been in and out in 45 minutes if we stayed at our original table) and attentive.
All in all a pleasant surprise - I had viewed the menu online and wasn't overly blown away by it so thought we were taking a chance on this Sunday special dinner. But we'd both recommend and return to Lyric, and will hopefully get to hear some of that piano!
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