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European Union (E.U.) - Report

randymac88 | Oct 30, 200601:42 AM     5

Went for a sunday dinner with my parents - had just re-opened on the previous Friday. I have to say up front however, I had been to the E.U. in April during the liquor license controversy (smuggled in wine), and had a good experience. I have had high hopes for this place for several months as I live in the area.

Well, the grand re-opening of E.U. seems to have been a success. We had a great night. First of all, the space is great...kinda of Assenzio meets Balthazar meets Schillers (I think you'd have to go check it out to understand what that means).

Wine list was not available yet - only the bottles offered "by the glass". However we found a great bottle of Greek wine that, for $44 in a restaurant, was a great deal.

As for the food, I had the Deviled Eggs tapas for an app which was just okay. Others in the party had Pickled Herring (good, albeit served to a herring lover) and the Romaine salad (rave reviews).

There were definitely issues with the timing. We waited a full 30 minutes for appetizers. The restaurant was not very crowded, so we really wondered what was going on in the kitchen as they definitely were not cooking for many others. However given the recent opening, we gave them a free pass. We were all in a good mood anyway.

Entrees were short of spectacular, but excellent nonetheless. I ordered the lamb "casoullet" which was really very good. Others ordered a Wild Mushroom/pasta dish (described as excellent) and the steak (also very good). Sides: Boiled Potatoes w/dill and horseradish (possibly the best of the night - great), pumpkin squash (awesome), and pomme frites (french fries, nothing to see here).

Chocolate cake w/absinthe, cheese plate for desert which were both very very good.

All in all, we had a really great dinner and walked out feeling like there was significant value given the quality. Waitstaff was friendly and attentive. And very cool space - I think that alone is worth the trip. Thumbs up, a great addition to the NYC roster, and definitely will return.

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