Had a very decadent meal at Brasserie LCB (formerly La Cote Basque). Here are my thoughts:
1) Loved the seared foie gras -- a very rich appetizer; their portions are generous so watch out! Share with a friend or be prepared to be stuffed;
2) Cassoulet -- Again, very rich and filling; kind of salty, so a warning to those who are avoiding salt; the sausage and duck confit were quite good; I could not finish it -- was so big;
3) Ending with the superb Grand Marnier Souffle -- I LOVE this dessert; It has spoiled me for any other desserts; I split this with my guest;
Atmosphere: I do NOT like the lighting in this place; too bright and yellow-ey; I am sensitive to bad lighting, and generally prefer warm lighting.
Generous portions -- good for those with hearty appetites!
Waiter was good-tempered and friendly. Professional.
General comment about the bathroom: In general, NYC restaurants and hotels need to pay more attention to the cleanliness of the bathrooms. They are almost always in a state of CHAOS, which can certainly ruin a good restaurant experience.
Crowd is definitely older, which is fine with me. I'm not the type to seek the TREND-OID CROWD.
IN SUMMARY: I would come back here ONLY if I were seeking the specific French classics that I had (foie gras, souffle, cassoulet, etc.).
Its food DEFINITELY beats the pants off places like Les Halles, Capsouto Freres, JARNAC, etc., which serve similar dishes.
But I would NOT come back for a casual, relaxing meal to catch up with friends. I would definitely prefer a downtown scene for that (such as Peasant in Nolita, Malatesta in the West Village...)
Would love to hear others' thoughts on this place...