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dkstar1 | Sep 13, 2004 10:23 AM

Waiting for friends to make it to the city Friday night, I stopped off at Cru for a glass of wine (we were seeing a band at Blue Note). I am one of the few people that had a decent experience at Waxman's Washington Park and was very interested in seeing what they'd do with the place. It is a bit different that's for sure. For starters, its kind of shabby chic (distressed walls) with very nice wood accents. The small dining area in the front of the house is now a wine bar. A handsome, comfortable but smallish (5-6 people can sit there) bar has been added and large, comfy chairs and tables dot the perimeter. A separate bar menu features smaller versions of what is on the main room's menu at astonishingly reasonable prices. (Apps were $6, entree's in the teens). The wine list was overwhelming. I can't imagine there is a larger wine list in the city - perhaps Veritas, but I'm not so sure. Apparently, a good chunk of it was bought from Washington Park, but the bartender (who I think worked at Washington Park(?) or somewhere else...I know I've seen him before) told me that the majority of the collection was the personal collection of the new owner. Whatever the case may was a daunting list. They do, however have a very nice by-the-glass menu of wines as well as "suggested bottles". I had a nice piemontese red called Il Favot something-or-other. I can't remember the year or the rest of the name, but it was very nice. The main menu looked good but looked way too much like the executive chef was out looking at the hip restaurants for inspiration. This is fine, but it looked too obvious. Granted, it was a summer menu, but items like Duck Papparadelle looked and were described way too closely to that of Hearth's Fall '03 menu and the Monkfish was similar to that of Blue Hill. But then again, I didn't try their version of it. And I probably will at some point..when the menu shifts to Fall '04. For those that use OpenTable, they are planning on signing up, as did Washington Park. That's all I got.

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