No, Remi isn't my favorite restaurant. In fact it wouldn't even make my list of a hundred favorite NYC restaurants. But the delight of this city is that you can list five hundred top restaurants and still have a lot left over that are well worth a trip. So if you are near midtown next week and want to try a new (or old) place, this might be wiorth a try.
Remi is one of those power places. It's Adam Tihany designed interior was very chic in the 80s. It's still pretty cool, the food is very good, and they have a $20 lunch. So that's where I went today. The main course was a slab of salmon crusted with crispy potatoes, a tomato stewed in spices, spinach, a big bunch of basil leaves, and a lovely red sauce made of peppers, wine and oil. Lovely. Of course, the potatoes here were thin sticks, and when they do a fish with potato crust in Fleur de Sel (which is my favorite), the potato crust is carefully sculpted to imitate fish scales. But I've had every dish on Fleur de Sel's long menu so I have to wait till next week when they change it.
Remi, 145 W 53 St, 581-4242