Had the folks in town this weekend so i did a fair amount of dining and here is my report.
Thursday night we went to Tocqueville and overall i was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, i think they are a top notch restaurant that takes their food very seriously. To start it off, my mother had flight problems so she was late but they very accommodating in terms of seating us and making sure she got served quickly when she finally arrived. The service was also solid although i have a pet peeve when a place has more than a handful of special and goes on to explain them in great length without putting them on the menu or on a specials board/insert. i just hate hearing a waiter drone on for 5-10 minutes about every detail so that by the time they finish, i forget what the first two dishes were. well back to the food. for the apps, i sampled the tuna sashimi, the salad with cheddar, and a clam chowder. the sashimi was good, the salad was boring, although the cheese was good, and the clam chowder was not a chowder and was way to briny. for the mains we had the 60 second steak, which was amazing, a cod special which was good, a risotto which was also good, and another fish dish that wasn't great. all the deserts were good but overall i wasn't as blown away by my meal as i thought i would be given all the praise and hype.
Friday day i went to business lunch at Vine (their pick) and had a great lunch. The services was absolutely horrible. even though there were only a couple tables of diners, they couldn't get anything right. the food, on the other hand, was surprisingly good. i had a sashimi style appetizer which was solid. for my main i had a chicken dish which wasn't anything special but did get a taste of the monkfish which was wonderful.
Friday night we met some friends and went to Beacon (their pick) because it was close to their apt. I'll save the commentary given that it wasn't worthy of much. the place serves simple grilled dishes which are forgettable.
Saturday night, we went with a group of 8 to Jefferson in the west village. I was a bit worried about this one, given the mixed reviews but given the large group size i was having trouble finding other places that could accommodate us. Overall, i was pleasantly surprised and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves. the food is a bit on the asian side of things but very interesting. for my appetizer i had a yellowtail sashimi which was very fresh and had an interesting wasabi glaze on it. i also sampled the edamame ravioli which i would highly recommend. for the main, i had a snapper done up in a coconut type foam and was topped with persimmon which was absolutely amazing, a very interesting dish that i would come back for. also sampled the sea bass, and the lamb which were also solid but not nearly as good. The room is sort of sterile and hip looking but surprisingly noise wasn't a problem. there also seemed to be a busy bar scene so it seems to be a good place to stop by and grab a cocktail and a snack.
I finished off my weekend of dining with brunch at Blue Ribbon Bakery. BRB is one of my favorite places and have been there many times, but never for the brunch. overall the brunch was good, although they seemed a bit overworked given that we were the first seating. the eggs with chorizo has were excellent but the service was not up to the normal BRB standard i expect.
Overall a solid food weekend
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