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Allen and Delancey - a review

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Allen and Delancey - a review

rrems | Jan 24, 2008 03:50 PM

My partner and I had dinner last night at Allen and Delancey yesterday for the first time. Over all, it was quite good and we will return. We made the mistake of reserving for 8pm, as earlier parties were just beginning to vacate and we had to stand for 20 minutes before our table was ready. I would advise going at 8:30 or 9:00 as it seemed more settled by then. Based on what I had read on this board, I was expecting something quieter. It is noisy, a "scene" and is so dark we had to use candles as flashlights to read the menu. Ah, but what a menu! I had the bone marrow appetizer and the pork belly, both excellent, and SO had the sweetbread raviolo and the beef with cabbage and onions, both very good. We shared a dessert of French toast with banana, which was very good. I was surprised that the wine list was not as interesting, but delighted that they had a great selection of serious beers. We tried the porter and the oatmeal stout and they went really well with the food. Service was pleasant and very efficient, but we were not rushed. The chairs are seriously uncomfortable and we found the decor almost macabre, but we will return because the food is well worth the price. Comparing with other similarly creative restaurants that we are fond of, I would rank the food equal to Perilla, and not quite up to the level of Dovetail, but it adds one more interesting option to our list.

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