Thank you Renee, Fishfork and Lucia for your replies! Our Friday night dinner at La Grenouille was better than I expected. The room was gorgeous with winter berries and very few pollen-filled flowers (and i had taken an extra Allegra just in case). The portions were small, but excellent and filled us up just enough. Since I'm not a drinker, my honey ordered wines by the glass for every course. The cab was super caramelly. Champagne was best by the glass we've had (and reasonable at $14/glass) Delish! We had a great table in the back corner. The maitreD was charming but the staff a little out of it (we had to refill our water glasses a few times).
but onto the food.
> Bread. Olive was a little salty, but good. Plain sourdough was wonderful. The mini elephant ears that tasted like sesame were our favorites. I devoured 4 pieces of bread excluding the elephant ears. normally i have a tiny piece of one.
> Amuse - celery and pear puree. two tiny sips. ok.
> Appetizers - He had lobster and tarragon ravioli in tarrogon sauce. lovely 4-5 pieces. My quail appetizer was better though. tiny skewer of meat, mushroom, and onion in a balsamic port wine sauce.
> Entrees - I had the better entree as well, braised oxtail wtih celery/potato puree and burgundy red wine sauce. Rivals some of the best in France. He had a lovely cote-de-boeuf. Good but boring.
> Dessert - We both had special desserts. he had a fallen chocolate cake with chocolate and vanilla ice creams. the cake was good, but dish was too chocolatey overall. My tarte tatin was perfectly flakey and apples were tender.
> Tea - He had the mint tea and it was one of the best, and strongest we've ever had. I am in love.
> Petit-Fours. Good strong brown tasting tuiles. OK madeleines.
Overall, wonderful upscale bistro food in a gorgeous room. We may even go back for the dover sole. but i think our next venture uptown may be per se or le bernardin. :)