Wednesday nite at Le Biarritz, 57th St between 8th & 9th.
A nice, rather soothing restaurant. Typical French bourgeoise cuisine; I've been eating there on and off since the '70s, and I swear, the menu hasn't changed. Our table had crab meat crepes and pate for appetizers (there were about ten possibilities); then salad, then the entrees -- probably a couple of dozen to choose from. We had roast chicken in mushroom sauce -- excellent -- with undistinguised mashed potatoes and veg; mussels; sauteed frog legs and sweetbreads. I had the chicken but I'd have been as happy with any of the others. Desserts we had were apples on a puff pastry base, and a delicious (yeah, I know) chocolate mousse, and coffee or expresso. The menu was, God knows, not cutting edge, but for a more-than-acceptable meal for $25 all nite, how far wrong can you go?
Then Thursday at Indochine, before a (bad) show at the Public Theatre. The $25 prix fixe is from 6-7:30; we got there at 6:15 and by 7:30 the place was swamped.We had Pho and Indochinese ravioli for appetizer, and then the boned duck (an enormous portion), with sticky rice (of which I've had better; it was gussied up with dried shrimp and other stuff). Desserts we had were a caramel ice cream and an excellent chocolate cake. The service was very attentive (mostly because we were early eaters), and the waitresses (sexist me, yeah) were stunning to boot. The Martini was both large and excelent. Once again, for $25 it was well worth it - but reserve, and get there early.