Went to 5 ninth last night. It was surprisingly full at from 8:30-11:30 considering how nasty it was outside. if i hadn't had a friend in from out of town, i would have gladly curled up with a take-out noodle soup.
General comments: decor was warm and inviting - could be romantic. staff, nice but a little ditzy. food ok, but overpriced.
the farmer's cheese to start was creamy, fluffy, and just the slightest bit spiced. the busboy called it goat cheese.
The braised short ribs were sold out by the time we sat down :(. he ordered house cured anchovies which were pretty briny, but looked fresh and tasted very strong. 8 anchovies with a little frissee on the side. i ordered a special salami (forgot the name) which came on some bread. normally i'm a big pork fan, but even this salami was too thick and fatty for me. it felt like i was eating pure fat - mostly white parts of a salami. however, the fennel gratinee on the side was very good. but then again, how bad can bread crumbs and cheese taste? entrees were slightly better. His halibut was fresh but nothing more. my duck breast with foie gras and marinated cherries was pretty tasty. for dessert we shared the 2-person cobbler with brown sugar ice cream as well as the chocolate mousse. both were good, but nothing to spectacular. the cobbler itself was delicious, but heavy. the brown sugar ice cream was good at first, and then seemed too watery and did't stand up to the heavy cobbler.