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Blackfin report

Joanie | Jan 12, 2004 06:55 AM

Started with a drink at City Bar in the Lenox Fri. nite which was fun. Nice room, nice bartender, some rich guy next to us talking about restaurants and stuff. Then the brisk, cold walk to Blackfin on Huntington which used to be Ambrosia. We had called to say we'd be a few minutes late and the place was packed but we were seated right away. Next to the window which in the summer would be good, not on a 0 degree nite. Even tho the heater was right there at the baseboard, too much got thru the window and my brother had to wear his fleece vest and hat, another guy kept his parka on and women had their coats around their shoulders. The waitress said they'd talked to someone to try to fix it but it wasn't the best of conditions to eat. The room hasn't changed that much but it seems like they've crowded in a bunch more tables than Ambrosia had. Our waitress was nice but a little too much, explaining things like we'd never gone out to dinner before. A grade of C for that side of things.

We had a good time tho and the meal was good esp. the appetizers. 6 oysters were market priced at $12, 3 Wellfleet and 3 Salutation (I think). I had one of each and they were fine, served with the usual cocktail sauce, lemon and horseradish. I got the crabcake w/ some greens in a pesto like sauce ($11). The crabcake was huge, pretty perfectly done, we both really liked it. I got the monkfish w/ green beans and scalloped potatos, bro got swordfish with same sides. Both were $23, fish prices were fairly reasonable. The monkfish was a little dull tho, a fine piece but nothing to distinguish it. He really liked the sworfish and the sides were good altho I wouldn't really call those scalloped potatos. They were cut into chunks, almost had a home fries look, and tons of bacon in it which wasn't advertised. A bottle of Chimney Creek fume blanc ($48) was our wine, bro says it's hard to find. I had the warm choc. cake w/ espresso ice cream and he had creme brulee which was a thin one with good crust ($8 each). Overall, we had fun but don't go if it's cold or you want a meal with some privacy.

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