We were very fortunate in that we had the opportunity to dine at both places recently. I will preface this posting by telling you that I am not much of a food gourment, but like pornography, I know good food when I see it, or, in this case, eat it.
Our first stop was Matyson. We had not eaten there since opening night. It was last Saturday night, the night of the snow storm so we had no trouble walking in without a reservation. The food was superb. Outstanding. Robust is the word that comes to my mind. I had braised short ribs for the first time in my life. It was so tender with a rich brown sauce. My wife had the lamb special (30.00) which included a chop and the loin. It was a wonderful dinner and the check came to $90.00.
This past Saturday night we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with dinner at Lacroix. What an experience! We arrived at 7 PM and left 3 hours later and did not realize we had stayed so long. I had four courses and my wife had three. I started off with sushi scallops sliced thinnner then paper. It came with a broccoli salad that was really just one small broccoli floret. If you stacked up the slices of scallops they would have equaled no more then 1/4 of a scallop, but it was so delicous. Next came a seared foi gras over a marinated onion. It tasted better then sex! I loved it. I then had what I think was a roasted sucking pig ground up like hamburger meat. Not exciting, but good. Finally, I had a charcurtre (sic) of goose cooked medium rare. That was a delightful dish. Wife had duck consomme, roasted pear and lamb. I had a manhattan, a wine trilogie and a desert wine. The waiter made us feel like we were his only table. For desert we had the roasted bannana which was just fair. However, they did bring out two small chocolate cakes with Happy 40th Anniversary on the plate. A really nice touch. The check came to $230.00 not including tip.
So,how to compare? Well, you can't. If you go strictly by the food, Django was better then either of these places, but no BYOB can equal the ambiance, the service, the feeling of eating at a resturant like Lacroix. Unlike NewGirlInTown, it will be another 40 years before I can afford that experience again, but I can eat at Matyson regularly and will just have to learn to drink wine from their stemware.
I have eaten at Four Seasons, Le Bec Fin and now Lacroix. They are all worth the money they charge. Now if only I could afford it more often.