Went to 360 (360 VanBrunt in Red Hook) last night and had a great meal. First the price has risen since Adam's review last week - it is now $25 for three courses - an incredible value - think it averages a little over $8.00/course when dessert alone at most comparable places would be $8.00. So, here's what we had: My husband started with a very good mushrooms in puff pastry and I had the roast beet salad. The latter was a little different from the normal beet salad. It was a compact layered circle - the first layer were small chopped beets, second circle was a layer of soft goat cheese topped with little chopped walnuts and fresh chives. It was not only good, but very pleasing to the eye. We both had the lamb chops (4 plumb rib chops) served in its natural jus with olive paste sauce on the side and a pleasing mound of ratouille. The ratouille was a little different from the standard, as the indivual ingrediants were more distinct - not mulch like as ratouille normally comes. The lamb was tender and flavorful. We ordered an extra cheese course ($10.00). Splendid selection served with bread and a very nice green salad. Last were both had the pleasing citrus panna cotta and black expresso style coffee (they don't have milk and we had to affirmatively request the coffee as it was not offered) But the coffee was actually fresh and quite excellent. The wine was great ($29.00) and the owner very knowledgeble. The wine ranged from about $16.00 - 34.00. My husband told me very good values for a restaurant. All in all $96.00 with tax but before tip.
The focus is on the ingrediants which were very fresh and well prepared. The owner (or its it owners? two of the guys there look related) is very focused on the food and wine - and unlike the anorexic world we live in , the two owners are big burly men who drink wine all night and look as if they love the food and wine they serve - a refreshing change. There are also a la carte offerings - short ribs with potato puree, oysters, cold corn soup etc. ranging from $5.00 - $13.00. For french food this may be the best value in the city.