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Bar Crudo report

Windy | Apr 14, 2006 04:10 PM

I was there last night for dinner, so it was interesting to read the various recent posts to see what to expect.

We shared the crudo sampler for two, the special crudo of the day, the San Sebastian platter (tuna, asparagus, roasted pepper, pan tomate), and a bowl of chowder.

We liked the tuna crudo and the Arctic char the best; the scallop seemed like a bad idea, and since the crudo for two only came with one scallop, we wondered what they offered for the $10 plate. I can't remember what the special was, although it was a generous portion.

The chowder was luscious but not in any way like a seafood chowder; more like a bacon cream sauce for pasta. The San Sebastian platter/salad was nice, like a Spanish nicoise, but nothing exciting.

He drank two Czech beers, and I had two glasses of prosecco. Total came to $89 plus tip, which struck us as a lot of money. Service was low key but attentive.

The upstairs was never more than half-full, despite the hot humid weather being perfect for sushi/crudo and the stellar reviews. Tunnel Top next door was packed with watermelon martini guzzlers.

It's interesting how many great reviews I've read, and then to find a reservation wasn't really necessary at prime time on a Thursday.

I liked looking down over the prep station, and didn't mind the pacing of plates, since the tables are small. The baguettes were much needed, but the crust was soggy, as if they'd been stored in plastic bags.

Overall, some excellent dishes, but expensive, and not as intimate ambiance as I had hoped.

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