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Central on a friday night...

DCDOLL | Jan 13, 200805:08 AM

WEll we finally went to Central after making a res 6 weeks ago for this past friday night. Went to Proof first for wine & cheese which was great as always. Then cabbed over to Central. The din in the place was enough to give me a headache right out of the shoot...yes i know 7 on a friday is still happy hour but the acoustics of that place are NOT conducive to a date or get-together for people who want something of a calm and civilized evening. At least we got a good 2 top that wasn't smashed next to another 2 top which most people there had. Service was really good--- almost too quick though. We ordered a nice Syrah which was thankfully served at the right temp!! Then hubby ordered the cheese puffs which arrived almost instantly, which would have been nice if they had been hot or even warm. I suspect they had been sitting there waiting for someone to order them. They were tasty though but cold cheese puffs just don't cut it in my opinion. Main courses arrived almost right after that (could it be they were trying to move us thru quickly??) Hubby had the NY strip and frites, which came on a plate w/ a nice field greens salad. The frites were the best part of either meal. He said the steak was flavorful and done as ordered. I had the beef cheeks w/ tagliatelle which were marginal. The wine sauce was good, but the beef had alot of fat in it. The pasta was ok but lacked real flavor. For $28 i kind of expected the meat to be leaner. The good news was that by the time i found enough pieces that weren't fat, i didn't have enough for a doggy bag (which fits in w/ my new year's plans to only eat 'bad' one day a week!) I wouldn't go back. To sum it up: the good things were attentive service (but almost too quick), good wine temp, good frites and supposedly a good steak (although i didn't try it). The bad things were cold appetizer, a feeling of being rushed, marginal beef cheeks & pasta (lots of fat) and the NOISE LEVEL. We saw a couple a short distance away who appeared to be on a date, perhaps a first date, and i was like, oh my, how can they even talk?? Would i go back? No. I'm going to try Brasserie Beck next time i want a new experience since everyone seems to like that.

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