Normally I give a restaurant a few months before I venture out, but with Laurent Tourondel, I was willing to make an exception. My guest and I arrived last night around 7:45 and only had to wait a few minutes for a table. The service (including the women at the hostess stand) was some of the friendliest and most accommodating I have seen in New York in a long time.
The meal began with VERY garlicky but very delicious garlic bread (it was a good thing my guest and I are just friends). We then had the peel and eat shrimp and fried clams to start. The shrimp were a touch spicy but large and very fresh. The clams were not greasy at all, just crispy and light. My friend had the lobster roll, which was very generous in size. The sandwich was filled with huge pieces of lobster and not too much mayo. The french fries that came with it were crispy and thin, and were perfect with the malt vinegar left on every table. I had the swordfish with potatoes and spicy salsa. The fish was so well cooked and seasoned simply with salt and pepper that I didn't even try the salsa (it's presented on the side). The potatoes were crunchy on the outside, but moist on the inside..delicious.
My only complaint is that the space can get very loud, but for great fish like this, it can be forgiven. Can't wait for the upstairs to open.