Had dinner at Palo Santo this weekend. We decided to go early because we were famished and prefer to be done before the crowds roll in. We arrived at 6:15 (they open at 6) and were the first ones there. We were told that the kitchen wasn't open yet, but that we could sit. Okay, no problem.
We sat and they brought us water right away. Our server kept checking back to see if we had any questions about the menu. He could not have been nicer and I think was a little uncomfortable that we were just sitting there waiting. A couple of other tables came in, and waited.
About 20 minutes after we sat he took our order. Food came out quickly. We ordered a salad to start, two small plates, and two entrees. The salad was a grilled travasano with goat cheese and rajas. Tasty. Apps were ceviche and a poached lobster. Ceviche was actually pretty bad. Too much acid and lots of chewy bites of fish. Poached lobster, however, was delicious. Buttery with lots of thinly sliced pieces of radish.
Entrees were good as well. We had a whole grilled trout and griot (wild boar with pickled okra and cabbage). Both were good. Not amazing, but perfectly tasty. The only comment was that the trout came with the same vinaigrette as the salad and the same radishes as the lobster. Pretty much everything we ate had a lot of vinegar or citrus of some sort. Kind of made all the flavors mush together.
Dessert was awesome. We shared a piece of sorrell pudding pie with pomegranate seeds. Totally rockin.
Total before tip $81 (prices include ny state tax). They were packed when we left.