Yesterday I finally had a chance to check out Mike's Bistro on West 72nd St. on the Upper West Side. My companion and I both started with homemade Gnocchi with Roasted Duck -- ooh baby, a taste of Moshiach! It was a very rustic Northern-Italian type of dish. Perfect for the winter especially and loaded with flavor. It was the last word in upscale comfort food, I'd go back just for that.
My companion and I each had fish dishes for our main course, I had cod served with asparagus, artichokes served on top of a small pool of lusty but light creme sauce. My man had the Snapper served Asian style with cabbage, coconut rice (maybe it was another type?) in a delicious broth. Meanwhile, Mike as in Mike the Chef looks totally Irish but alas, he's another "ish"... Jewish. He is also a riot, very New York, very no-nonsense. He trained at the CIA and knows his stuff, makes excellent pairings between ingredients, textures and is producing some very impressive food at his place.
For dessert, we ordered the creme carmel, prepared with fresh coconut and served w/ roasted pineapples, the custard was so firm and the consistency -- ooh baby -- great to share -- a very sexy dessert! The service was excellent too -- with a real waitstaff, no rookies or chas v'shalom, people that cannot communicate in English. During simchat Torah -- they're going to have pre-paid meals -- there's something fun about eating in a restaurant on Shabbat and Yom Tov! Check it out and report back! Order that Gnocchi!!!