SO took me to Patina for my birthday last night and we had an excellent meal. I was a little concerned after reading some not-so-flattering posts here, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good everything was. I had asparagus veloute (chilled soup) and poached red snapper filet with potato dumplings and sauteed rapini, while SO had a market vegetable salad and lamb rib-eye with stuffed piquillo pepper and potato gnocchi. We shared a quartet of sorbet for dessert - cilantro, mimosa, yuzu, and strawberry. The veloute, I have to admit, was too salty, but everything else was spot-on, including the bread and butter, amuse bouche, and little candies at the end (I think those were special for my birthday) - and the lamb was nothing short of phenomenal. Not a cheap eat, but comensurate with other high-end restaurants in the city. Definitely a fun special occasion place!