Had V-D dinner with the SO at King's Carriage House last night. Quick thoughts
Ambience: Totally charming. It's an old townhouse on the upper East side that has been wonderfully converted into a restaurant. It feels like you are in another world, a country B&B far away from NYC, but only a taxi ride away from your apartment. Think blue delft china, toile wall paper, and mounted deer heads on the wall.
Service: Wow. The owner seems to personally be involved in every aspect. The service is attentive, gracious, and non cloying. The stemware for the wine glasses is a little clunky, but the wine list is not overpriced, and has a lot of good value wines, which is surprising since it's an expensive restaurant.
Food: we started off with some amuse bouche of a mushroom puff pastry, caviar on crisps and something else which eludes me. They were charming and tasty. The first course was gigantic seared shrimp, crab cakes, and then lump crab meat on potatoe type chips. The shrimp were very good, crab cakes also excellent and the crab meat was interesting. It combined avacado with orange slices. Kind of interesting. Then we had an amuse bouche of champagne sorbet. For the main course the SO had the salmon in puff pasty, which was beautiful and tasty, while I had the rack of lamb encrusted in porcini dust. Mine was fantastic too. For dessert we had a Grand Marnier souffle and a layered crepe cake. Both were good, but not radiant. Looking back, I'm kind of surprised that we were not offered tea/coffee to close out, but that could have been because we needed to leave and rushed to get our check.
It's a very romantic place, but the tables are somewhat intimate, and if the couple at the table next to you is having "issues" that they feel they need to work out in public, it will be hard not to get drawn into their drama. I suppose some folks might find that amusing rather than annoying.
The place is great, but is very expensive, and is a bit over the top for a casual date.