As you might recall, I spent new year's here and raved about this place. After the debate over whether matyson was reasonable or not (that came out of my review) i decided to try it again and see if I was just wowed cause i expect so little on new year's.
Nope. It was fabulous. Stupidly my husband i parked the car on 20th street saturday night at 9pm (after watching the 2nd overtime of the rams game) with no reservations anywhere. We called bronzino, they said "impossible", then we tried matyson, they said they just had a canecellation, and would save the table for us.
It was cold, really cold. We got there and started with soup. Tomatoe with a large crouton (polenta i think) covered in cheese, and black bean with an avocado whipped creme (6 each). YUM. homade and delicious, we practically licked the bowl (forwarning, the soups are small, when we first saw them my heart sank, but they are so rich and wonderful, the portions were perfect!)
I had the striped bass (20) and hubby had the pork chop (16.50). Mine was fabulous, a nice meaty piece of bass served with vefggies salted cod, and chick peas. But my husbands was the standout. It was served with brussels sprouts, bacon and spaetzle in a sherry mustard sauce. We always only order pork chops at sabrina's cause they serve one of the best pork chops in town (chop is always good, and is served different nightly), but this one may relegate sabrina's to second. Fabulous.
we split the special desert (6) bananas foster shortcake. Wow this girl can make desserts. Carmelized sugar on the biscuit that was split in 1/2 and filled with foster.
lastly, not only did sonja (pastry chef and co-owner) remmeber us from nye and come over, but so did our waiter from that night (wasn't our waiter saturday) AND sonja had matt (chef and co-owner) come out to say hi. really really nice service and people!
58 total before tip was a bargain for this meal. Any day of the year (not just new year's).
I think you have to compare apples to apples. If you go to a more "reasonable" place (say la viola or bronzino) in the neighborhood and order the fish and a meat dish, you will be hard presse to get it for less than 20 and 16.50 respectively! True those places have 10 meals (mostly pastas) and if that is what you want (which i do often) then great, by all means. but if you are ordering entrees such as those offered at matyson's i believe their prices are inline with every other byob in town.
I'll stop now, i don't want to seem a shill for this place, but i really hope they do well (as long as i can still get in)
And here's the good news - regular menu on valentine's day (shhhh)
19th between market and chestnut.