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King's Carriage House

George Lynch | Apr 29, 200111:27 PM

Four of us had dinner Friday night at King's Carriage House (82nd between 2nd and 3rd). I was not familiar with the place, but our friends said it had become a personal favorite, so off we went.

And all in all I'd have to recommend it, even highly. Fixed price menu at $39 seemed reasonable, and the wine list, while limited to perhaps 12 or 15 reds and whites each, was nicely eclectic (domestics from California, Oregon and Washington, and imports from South America, France, Australia and South Africa) and also reasonably priced.

For starters I had the duck salad, which I thought was as good as it gets. The duck was sliced and served warm, not hot, and it was terrific. It pained me to let Maureen have some. She had the melon and yogurt soup, served cold, which I liked but thought would have been better as a dessert soup. Linda had the same duck salad I did and Bill had the beet salad, which he said he liked very much.

For the main courses, Maureen had the filet mignon, as did Linda, while Bill had the lamb and I had the salmon. I thought the salmon was a little overdone, but not bad. I liked Maureen's filet, though, and I am not usually a filet fan.

The setting is a very comfortable townhouse with several dining rooms, each with its own personality. Tables are reasonably spaced and the room we were in (the main one) has a nice touch of elegance without being offputting.

The only real negative was our waiter, who appeared at table five minutes after we sat down, wanting to take our order. We told him we'd wait a while, but he was back in maybe 15 or 20 minutes, saying he had a big party in the other room and we should get our order in now. He had all the personality of an IRS auditor. It's kind of funny, in that he really didn't do anything wrong, but he didn't lend himself to the ambiance of the place at all. It was like he lost a bet and had to be a waiter there for the night. If they could teach this guy how to smile, even once, it would improve the overall experience dramatically.

But the place overall is really worth a visit.

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