Last night went to Bouterin. When I walked in, I thought it looked exactly like ABC Home...lots of flowers and tchotchkes and wooden furniture and that country-incense smell.
We were the only people there for the first hour. Apparently the restaurant does a lot of business with wedding parties in the summertime.
We enjoyed some wonderful Chardonnay, and the appetizers were really good...escargots in garlic butter which we sopped up with warm bread, and a salad with disks of warm breaded goat cheese.
I felt like things went somewhat downhill from there. The Grand Marnier souffle was an uncooked doughy mess inside.
But it's a quiet, pretty room and we could hear each other speak, which is sometimes rare in a NY restaurant.