Restaurants & Bars 4

Tempo

Steve R. | Apr 19, 2005 08:22 AM

We went for Restaurant Week last night. They're usually closed Mondays but opened just for the $19.55 menu. On other nights during the week the entire menu was available.

At any rate, I was early & wound up at the bar for 45 minutes, trying one of the quartinos of white wine. At $11 for the almost 2 glasses in the decanter, this Spanish wine (I cant remember the name) was very good. We had a couple more quartinos (of red) with dinner and they were also excellent for the price. As it turns out, my wife and Tempo agreed to a 7:30 reservation, but I thought 7pm, so I got to watch the good part of Manchurian Candidate (the original, in black and white, with Sinatra) on the flat wide screen TV at the bar -- all in all, not bad. While there, I saw a # of others come in, some with reservations, some not: all treated very nicely. Friendly. Marty Markowitz would be proud: "no attitude".

We were seated at 7:30 & the place is still great looking. We hadnt been there since Cucina was going strong and I'd forgotten what a great addition a big, open room can be, given how tight most of our neighborhood spaces are. Service was excellent: waiter, waitress, and busboy all personable and filling in for each other throughout, without being overbearing. Professional. The food was excellent. My beet/bulgher wheat app was very tasty & my wife's duck roll was crammed with duck, and a great dish. My salmon was a large fillet, well seasoned as described, with a side of fennel/green apple that worked better than I thought it would. Her chicken was similarly well prepared, with (somewhat salty) chick pea "fries" a great addition.

Desserts were sorbet and gelati, all flavors of which were very nice. Chocolate was a little too rich for me but, since it was my wife's, I didnt get much anyway.

They ended by giving everyone a 20% off discount card for the next meal. Totally unnecessary. We'll be going back.

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