Hey folks, I'll try to be brief...
Enjoyed a very pleasent meal at Cendrillon (45 Mercer, bet. Broome and Grand).
It's phillipino, quiet, nice jazz in the background, exposed brick, cool sculptures on the walls, just something very zen and soothing about the atmosphere... an escape. There is a very sincere feel about it, too, ( and NOT in an annoying way) with the chef walking around and chatting with regulars. He was eating at the bar when we left and said good night to us as we walked out.
But, now for the food: we started with margaritas made with a special lime (Philipino, I think) kind of a like a key lime, yummy but for straight-up should have been colder.
Then the softshell crab appie: 1 big fried crab, expertly seasoned and lightly fried on a bed of perkily-dressed salad.
Then I had a special: skirt steak, marinated in lime and something else, side of basmati? jasmine? rice, mustard greens (light and a little garlicky) and the only diappointment: plantains which were sliced length-wise and roasted, just too dry and starchy.
My friend had the spare ribs, like sophisticated chinese-style ribs, came with a wonderful taro-sweet potato mash and the mustard greens.
Ended with a the Banana Bread Pudding with chocolate-whisky ice cream... little individual pudding with a nice crusty top, on a pool of creme anglaise. The ice cream was GREAT with a whisky kick at the end, and I'm not even a chocolate person. The pudding was oddly pineapple and not banana but it worked. Unfortunatly the pudding was a little too dry in some parts and just wasn't delectable enuf.
Very nice place, complete with dessert wine/port menu at dessert, etc. Prices were $18 for many entrees, can't remember much else re: price because I was being treated. Made a res. for 7:30 because we were warned that on weekends you should reserve but it wasn't necessary (or maybe the rain was keeping people away).
If you want asian-fusion food with someone actually thinking about how they are putting it together, relaxing atmosphere and a conversational noise-level, check it out...
P.S. The waitress said the spare ribs and the salt-roasted duck are what people always come back for...going to try the duck soon myself...