I've always been interested in going to Cafe des Artistes on the UWS to see the murals, but I've never heard great things about the food.
Does anyone know of a dining option there that won't cost an arm and a leg? For example, is there a bar where one can gaze at the murals over a drink?
On another note, how does La Grenouille compare with the other top notch French places in town? (My favorite is Le Bernardin, and before it went out of business, I loved Lespinasse.)