Well, the good news is that the service wasn't nearly as bad as experienced by Gourmet2 last month. And, as noted by nearly everyone, some gorgeous decor; the deep blues looked great with the polished wood of the tables and floor.
No one replied when beret asked for recommendations on 11/3. Well, I certainly don't have any! First complaint: hot bar scene, but no draft beer! Not expecting Bud Light but a microbrew or two isn't too much to ask these days. Appetizers from the oh-so-trendy raw category are beautiful to the eye but range from pleasant (char) to bland (snapper with crispy skin). The plateau is an embarrassment compared to what's available down the street at Balthazar; an anemic $62 presentation of 6 Kumamotos and 6 from PEI, a faceless crab salad, a few limp cocktail shrimp and a half-dozen cherrystones. From the Board, a poor grilled dorade completely pummelled by an overcoat of lime bits and "chili". Shoulda kept it simple.
Desserts were just alright, another key lime tart and the chocolate pudding with bananas and candied pecans noted below. Bottom line: not worth the huge check. Luckily our server noted the price of an appetizer special: toro three ways, $31!! Skipped that one...
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