Restaurants & Bars 3

MC2

Zach Georgopoulos | Mar 28, 2002 10:17 AM

I generally enjoy reporting on small holes in the wall, figuring there's enough info about high end places out there. But since I dropped good money on MC2 last night, I may as well report on it while it's fresh on my mind. I never went to this place in it's heyday, so I'm not sure in exactly what way it "reinvented" itself as the papers report. Anyhow, despite comfortable surroundings, the place was basically empty, which is always kind of a sad thing. Considering that I could not get reservations at Jack's or Kokari that same night for any time before 8:45, the fact that we could walk into MC2 at 8:00 and pick any table we wanted was a little odd. Interesting menu, with 1st, 2d, 3d and 4th course offerings on one side of the page, and wine pairings listed on the opposite page. As for fourth, or main, courses, they ask if you want the tasting size or the main course size. The table shared the fresh greens, the duet of American caviars, and the Alsatian pizza thing. The greens were a handful of Mesclun from the local supermarket, with a smattering of unremarkable dressing. Between three hungry men at the table, we didn't bother to finish it. The caviar was interesting -- I think it was a bit of sturgeon, and a bit of salmon roe, served with large capers and some smoked sturgeon. Good, but hardly the kind of thing you need a chef for. The Alsation pizza thing was darned good -- sort of a square thin crusted affair with lots of cheese, onions and pancetta. Main course for me was Angus beef -- very tender, medium rare, with some mashed potatoes and a nicely reduced sauce. Basically your standard filet mignon. All of this with three excellent bottles of wine that a friend picked and the names of which I can't remember, came to about $95 per person. Waitress was friendly and efficient, but then again it's not like she had much else to do in the all but empty restaurant. Can't say as I highly recommend the place, but it's not bad or pretentious, so it'll do in a pinch if you can't get reservations elsewhere in the area...

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