I had a bar seat in a familiar-looking (wood and iron work), yet beautiful, room. Great r&b music for most of the evening. The drinks list is extensive, including cocktail lists for “with food” and “without food”. I had the Rickety Fence (a take on apple cider with bitters) and some red wine later on. I started with the homemade bread (I couldn’t hear exactly what they were) with creative butters—yogurt, pork, and chicken. The olive oil-poached halibut was delicate and delicious. The sous vide then grilled pork jowl was also different. The pork jowl was good, but I’m not sold on the plum and pepper-scented oats with maple syrup the pork was on. I can see why this, with a poached egg, will be on their soon-to-be brunch menu. What I really enjoyed and was surprised with were the heirloom tomatoes, sorrel sorbet, fromage frais, and olive oil as dessert. Nice and light for what’s left of the summer. Other diners around me liked the more adventurous dishes, compared to my choices, like the lamb tartare, bone marrow, duck liver, and beef tongue.
No hiccups in service considering they just opened. Everyone was attentive and friendly, and the room got much busier as the evening went on.