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Cafe Luxembourg now profoundly mediocre

roxlet | Jun 14, 200806:38 AM

Cafe Luxembourg was a restaurant we went to when we wanted some true bistro classics. Since we no longer live in Manhattan, we had not gone there recently, so when we had a concert to attend at the Beacon, we happily made a reservation at Cafe Luxembourg. My husband ordered the frisee salad minus the fried egg, and his assessment was that it was under-dressed and almost tasteless. I ordered the crispy artichokes with tapenade, and was disappointed by the bland, almost tasteless fried artichokes served with a ramekin of tapenade. Somehow I was thinking that it would more of a "dish" as opposed to a plate of fried artichokes. We both ordered the steak frites, mine was au poivre and my husband's was with Bernaise. Both were cooked more than the requested medium rare, and my au poivre was surprissingly bland and tasteless. Even the rolls served first seemed slightly stale and were almost tasteless. The frites were the only satisfying part of the meal. We were disappointed that our return to a formerly favorite haunt yielded a dinner that was something that we could make better at home. The sole high point was the service, which was attentive.

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