It sucked! Never go there! JUST KIDDING! I just want to keep it for myself!!
THIS PLACE IS AMAZING!!!
I took notes!!!
It's cool AND romantic all at the same time.
The food was fantastic. We started off with a drink at the bar (GREAT martinis- cheap too and they are huge), and ended up STAYING there! The bartenders are very cool, and really knew the wine list well. The bar has this beatiful old liquor store sign that glows red and makes the bar area look great. The bartender set us up with proper settings and laid out linen (I hate when they dont do that at bars) and it was better than being at a table. Fun too.
We had a fantastic Grilled Diver Scallop appetizer, and the Pan Fried Artichokes. The artichokes are my new favorite salad in NY! We also split a Seared Tuna app. It was dark and seared on the outside, and beautiful and rare inside. Beautiful plating.
Entrees were a Braised short rib (boneless) and Hangar steak combo (unbelievable flavors) and an Atlantic Salmon dish that was candied with something wonderful and served on a bed of black asian rice. Wonderful flavor combo's!
Even though we were stuffed, we had desert. We split this chocolate tasting thing (big enough for 2) that had a selection of house made gourmet chocolates with a chocolate pot (very french). Another find. The bartender said they have a great Marscipone cheesecake too with "Bruleed Figs." I guess they are torched like a creme brulee...
While the place wasn't really crowded, it was obvious that there were a lot of Tribeca regulars there. It's a spot for those in the know. Even though it seemed everyone knew each other, we were made to feel a 'part of the party.' We are surely going to be regulars now. It looked like they keep the wine flowing for the regs. I think the bartenders are more liberal with that than the waiters. He came over with a free "taste" of a Cambria Pinot Nior when we had finished our wine with a little dab of food left.
Wine: We drank a rediculously cheap Shooting Star Aligote (like $32) that was fantastic. The bartender turned us on to it instead of trying to sell us a pricey bottle. We had a bottle of red with our entrees. A Justin 'Justification' 99, for $50. I know and love this Merlot/Cab Franc blend and have seen it as high as $90 on wine lists before.
The bartender explained that you will be rewarded by the list by choosing more esoteric wines instead of the well known ones, because they like to get people to expand their horizons. People in the know will see some REAL bargains. Nice glasswear too if you buy a bottle. Reidel. They had a Peter Michael Les Pavotes 98 for only $150. I think it's usually a $200-$250 bottle. Corect me if I'm wrong big spenders!
Please excuse my grammar and spelling, I'm really busy today but wanted to share.
Place is on Varick just below Canal....
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