Had dinner tonight at Ribelle, the first night they are officially open. Everything was delicious, service was good, especially for the first night.
Atmosphere and menu are quite different from Strip-T's, but a worthy alternative. The men has a more Mediterranean bent, with several pastas.
There is a full and lively bar, a fairly extensive list of wines by the bottle, Wines by the glass are listed without names, such as "white #1, white #2." I found this a little precious and annoying. I ordered a white described as "dry as f**k". It turned out to be a dry Riesling.
DC and I split an appetizer of cherry tomatoes with stracciatelle cheese and figs, served with a vinaigrette. Very tasty, light, and summery. I could definitely see this at Strip T's.
DC had pappardelle with Bolognese, kale, and pork skin. I only tasted the pork skin and kale. Both were tasty. Pasta is made in-house.
For my main, I had swordfish with chanterelles, lard, and leeks. Very well done. All ingredients were fresh and worked well together. Fish tasted very fresh and was perfectly cooked.
Drip coffee and cappuccino to finish, no dessert. Both were fine.
So I realize that this sounds like less than a rave review. I would definitely go back, but I was somewhat disappointed by the limited range of the menu and the loudness of the room. This is an alternative to Strip T's, but not a substitute. Looking forward to hearing what others think.
The room is much bigger and the bathrooms is comfortable. The room is also quite loud. Set up is a little like Momofoku Ssam: a long bar/counter. Long table with multiple parties, a few deuces and fourtops.
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