Last night four of us had a wonderful dinner at Friscos Brasserie on John. The hostesses were friendly and our table was ready when we arrived (on time). Since the change from Al Friscos, the interior is very smart ; having lived in France, I can say the décor is very similar to a French brasserie : from the copper trim to the red banquettes. Our server, Amanda (and her shadow/trainee) was very friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. We started with two draft Stellas, a Mojito and one kir. The four of us shared two appetizers : Belgian Frites with two aioli, and Chicken Liver paté with a brulée crust (served warm it contained whole peppercorns and pistachios, this was a big hit !).
Our main dishes were a goat cheese rigatoni gratinée (vegetarian), chicken rigatoni (double-smoked bacon, mushrooms, etc, in a cream sauce), duck Shepherds Pie and a Coq au Vin. We were all very pleased with our dishes, delicious and filling. The wine we selected was a nice, red Burgundy. After some conversation we shared a crème brulée and flourless chocolate cake, a nice way finish the meal. Tax and tip : $200.
The evening went off without a hitch ; we had a great time. The only negative thing we could say about Friscos was the acoustics were poor in the main dining room : all the tables were full, everyone seemed to be having a great time and you could hear it. It wasnt a problem for us, but I wouldnt recommend it if you wanted a romantic dinner for two.