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Cafe d'Alsace

MMRuth | Mar 27, 2006 08:17 AM

We went last night after several unsuccessful walk-in attempts since they opened on March 8th - we hadn't felt like waiting before. So, we arrived a bit early for our 7pm reservation and went to the bar where the bar tender guided my husband through the bar list and helped him to pick a beer to order when we were seated, which was shortly thereafter.

We were fortunate not to be seated at one of the "H" base tables mentioned in previous reviews and were perfectly comfortable. Noise level was lively but we had no problem hearing one another. Our waitress came over in a timely fashion with menus and we ordered drinks - a beer and a Lillet, which came in a lovely glass - almost like a mini champagne flute. Excellent bread. I had the foie gras, served with some sort of stewed apricots and a liquor based gelee - served with grilled pain de mie - excellent. My husband had the beef marrow which came with a hearty grilled bread - after the first taste he said "We're coming back here". I had the steak frites - hanger steak in a wine sauce with bone marrow on the side (which I gave to my husband) - and really good french fries. The mayonnaise that I asked for with them was brought quickly. My husband had a lamb casserole - with ox tail, potatoes and various other things I don't remember. We had a bottle of St. Emilion ($62). All in all - a great hearty meal. We decided to pass on dessert, though the apple tart and cookies we saw served to other dinners looked delicious.

The place was very busy - a mixed crowd in terms of age. The diners on either side of us when we were seated seemed to have had delays in receiving their food, as waitresses and others kept apologizing and comped cookies for them. Service was gracious and we experienced no untoward delays ourselves.

Definitely a prized addition to the neighborhood and one to which we will return. Total tab w/o tip was about $155.

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