Baton Rouge is a recent entry to to the Harlem upscale dining scene by the poepl who brought us Mobays (I love Mobays @ 125 St). Physically, it is a cute, homey spot in a well renovated multi-floor Brownstone. The rear courtyard is quite a nice hideawy. The food concept is new Orleans Cuisine. I had such high hopes for this place we held our Mother's Day dinner there. It was a disaster in terms of food taste and service. The food dosn't live up the physical quaintness of the place at all. My Salmon was not good at all and the grade of the Salmon seemed supermarket quality. The cashew rice and spinach sides were completely flavorless. The service was inattentive and clueless. On the way out I spoke to some other patrons who thouight their meal was lackluster and too expensive and they commented on the very slow service they received. Our server even got our bill wrong. In sum, sadly, I cannot recommend this restaurant as there are far better choices in the Harlem market. We regretted having our special occasion meal there.
PS--Oddly, our server told us that Food Network will be filming a show there--I guess due to the Brownstone feeling of the place which is nice. I hope they aren't using the Chef we had on Mother's Day---the food is simply not good, uninspired and not plated well at all.