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so we tried Bin 36

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so we tried Bin 36

messycook | Mar 18, 2004 12:05 PM

I know there has been a lot of wondering about this place lately - we tried it last night. Overall I think it was really good.
The wines by the glass were great - just as most have mentioned. The descriptions of them were a bit cheesy, for example: "if you lose your mind when you drink big, jammy wines like this then don't say we haven't warned you" type thing. We tried St.Emillion, a Zinfandel, & a pinot noir (can't remember names right now).
We shared the soup of the day - butternut squash with roasted walnuts in it, which was really good. A bit out of the season but since it was snowing yesterday it tasted nice. I had the mussels appetizer for dinner, and it really was enough to make me full because it had many, many good-sized mussels and the bowl was filled with anise-y slices of sausage and some fresh green onions. I had frites on the side (4$ for a huge dish of them) which were light, crispy, thin, and skin-on. They were excellent to soak up the broth. Other dish was roasted chicken with nice crispy skin, creamy polenta underneath and a walnutty-type (must be a walnut overload in their kitchen) of sauce that was well done.
Had a glass of Sauternes at the end, that was lighter than others I've had; almost a minty nose to it.
I can see why people think it's too loud, it is a cavernous space with little to absorb noise but we were in the back part where the walls are covered with cork and the ceiling isn't too high. I could hear everything he was saying (and I'm a bit hard of hearing).
So-I recommend it.

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