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Tom P | Jun 11, 2001 06:25 PM


Wow. What a great restaurant. I love the interior - spacious, romantic, lots of wood and soft lighting. I went with a friend of mine who came up from DC and we both felt it was the best meal, best restaurant we have experienced. The 7 course Spring Vegetable Tasting menu looked amazing to me, but we dined there rather late, so we opted for the three course meal (which we turned into four course by experiencing the cheese course, more on that later). For the first course, we had the Fondue of Main Crab, and a Spiced Roasted Lobster with Green Tomato Chutney. Both were just excellent. The crabmeat was divine, as was the lobster. And the chutney that accompanied the Lobster was out of this world. For the main courses, I chose the Braised Shoulder and Roasted Loin of Lamb, and he had the Roast Sirloin of Beef and Braised Shortrib. Again, they were both superb. Neither of us could get over how good this food tasted. The waitress was taking great care of us. My friend was having a cocktail, so she brought me, the wine lover, various tasting sized selections of wines with every course. The choices were perfect, I loved each one. (I fell in love with one of the reds in particular; she appeared later on with the label from the bottle, stuck to a card, so I could find it when I returned to LA. It was this kind of attention to detail, and care for the customer, I found with every employee of Danny Meyer's restaurants. You can't trade that kind of service for anything). We were having such a good time at this point, and so totally content with the food, that we decided to try the cheese course. I have never experienced a cheese course, at least in this 'high-toned' way; I reccommend it to anyone who loves cheese. She rolled out a beautiful cart with many cheeses and took an extraordinary amount of time to explain each one, where it came from, how it was made, and what it was like. We tried about 8 or 9 of them. It was just heaven. We did not even use the bread or the crackers that came with the cheeses, they were too good not to be eaten alone. For dessert, we had the Coconut Tapioca, and the Lemon Souffle Tart with Ginger Ice Cream. Again, both were superb. This is a stand out restaurant in every way. I'd fly back to Manhattan just for a night to eat there again.

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