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Very satisfying lunch experience at ARTISANAL (kind of long report)!

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Very satisfying lunch experience at ARTISANAL (kind of long report)!

Cheese-aholic! | Feb 21, 2005 05:37 PM

Since I have had a string of bad luck at NYC restaurants lately (Les Halles, for one), I was pleasantly surprised at the friendly, competent service and satisfying food at Artisanal.

Both hubby and I enjoyed their satisfying, hearty lamb cassoulet. A hint of spiciness in the dish warmed us up on a cold, grey winter day. What's more, we were quite full from the portions -- no need to add appetizers or desserts.

Also had a French red from Artisanal's "Exotic Wine" list. Took a chance on this wine --neither of us had ever heard of it. Boy, was it good. (Tasted like a cross between a Cotes du Rhone and a spicy Shiraz.)

Service was friendly as well as competent from beginning to end. Our waitress was a sweetheart.

Nice young crowd. Looked like quite a few regulars who work around the area.

We were curiously checking out others' dishes: all the cheese-related items (fondues, their macaroni and cheese) looked scrumptious.

Overall couldn't have asked for a nicer experience...hope to have plenty more like these. (Want to try JARNAC, as well as the tasting menus at BOULEY and ANNISA soon...)

Happy Eating to All!

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