We ate at Asti last night, 43rd at Duval. They had just introduced a new menu that day, but it has been so long since i last ate there i didn't know the difference. Perhaps it is cheaper.
The salad was hum-drum: mixed greens with a light vinegrette, a few pear slices, and one small crouton smeared with gorgonzola cheese, ($5). My halibut, pan roasted and served on top of a pile of sring beans and mashed potatos, was very tasty ($15).
I don't know about you, but I will be sooooo happy when the arbiters of cuisine decree that food no longer needs to be stacked to be "fine". My string beans were smooshed into my potatos, and what's the point? They really needed to be enjoyed seperately.
Also, do y'all agree that chowhounds fall into 2 categories: the "haute cuisine" and the "great grub at a cheap price" camps? I try to straddle, but really belong in the latter. Therefor I am off to my favorite chow palace: the Sunflower yet again.