A party of six of us ate dinner at AOC Bedford last night. Although the restaurant has an interesting wine list (including some high-end $1000 Bordeaux), on Sundays (and I believe Mondays as well) they have a BYO/no corkage policy. One of the members of our party is a wine fancier, and brought some excellent bottles along.
The restaurant, in the West Village, is small and cozy, with an inn-like feeling to it; soft lighting and a chanteuse/jazz soundtrack were quite amiable. The staff was pleasant and quietly efficient; we felt warm and welcomed.
The food was quite good, overall. Highlights for our party included appetizers of shaved black truffle on a warm potato salad and Serrano ham. An eggplant/goat cheese app was OK.
For mains, two of us (myself being one) shared a house special of roast suckling pig (min. two person order). The shining haunch was carved at tableside, and served with dates and braised endives. Everything about it was exceptional - moist, sweet meat and crackling skin set off well by the bitter endives and the candied dates. Those who ordered the duck breast with poached pear were also very happy with the results. The lamb chops were perfectly good, but not as outstanding as the other two mains.
Desserts included the by-now cliche warm chocolate cake on creme anglais (but a nice rendition for the chocolate lovers), a creme brulee that was torched at the tableside and provided a great aroma of burnt sugar, and best of all, good old-fashioned crepes suzette. These were also prepared tableside (whooshings of flaming brandy punctuate the evening, along with wafting scents of butter and orange), and were just fine.
All in all, a lovely evening and certainly worth a revisit. My thanks to the hounds who offered suggestions last week.