I'll begin by saying that this dinner surprised me in the best possible way!
I've heard about this place from several friends and was skeptical of their rave reviews because I've eaten at the finest steakhouses in New York and Chicago as well as some incredible spots overseas. It started out negative because I couldn't even get a reservation two weeks in advance. But, the hostess told me they served food in the bar and I decided to give it a shot.
The bar was packed, but when my date and I found a spot where we could sit and eat, we began to appreciate the atmosphere. Not you're typical bar crowd - it looked like business men, travelers, foodies, and lots of incredible women - not too many of the 25 and under party crowd which was nice (for us at least). Although, you can tell by the Bentley's and Maybach's outside that this wasn't you're typical bar.
The manager (Andrew) helped us with a table and went over the menu with us. We started off with Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle by the glass and moved into a bottle of '97 Dalle Valle for the meal. The wine list is very nice; and, if I ever feel like going broke, they've got some really great bordeaux. My date ordered the Dover Sole and I had the steak tasting. I had never even heard of a steak tasting before, but it was incredible!!! Honestly, I thought that I had already had the best steaks around, but this blew them out of the water. It was easily the best steak I've ever eaten and my date's sole was outstanding. The sides and appetizers were insanely good as well - especially the bone marrow flan (seriously, who came up with bone marrow flan?) We were full before dessert, but didn't want to leave so we split a banana cream pie/creme brulee combination - really tasty!
All put together, it was easily the best meal I've ever had! We'll definitely be back. Mind you, I've eaten in probably fifty different Michelin starred restaurants - this one took the cake (though I'll always have a soft spot for French Laundry).
One piece of advice. Get to know Andrew (the manager). The guy is the best I've ever seen and knows how to take care of people.
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