I dined there last night with a party of 10. We sat in the front, elevated part of the restaurant. There was a big party upstairs and we made a late reservation, so we were told (in advance) that the only way to accomodate us was with a price fix and everyone should order the same thing (options given in the morning for us t decide). Given we made a reservation Thursday morning for ten on thursday night, I had no problem with the arrangement, especially since we split the bill anyway, this prevents some mamzar from ordering the most expensive item and not offering to pay more....
Gnocchi--Delicious as usual. Wish I had a drop more, but I wish I had a drop more of alot of things in life...
Squash Soup: Big hit. Really tasty and really was perfect with my Lagavulen.
Short Ribs: Everyone knows how good they are. Extremely soft and tender, delicious marinade, but not overwhelming--side of mashed p and veggies were great too.
Comfort: Great--we essentially had our own room. Lookng around the restaurant, the tables seem well spaced and I imagine we would be comfortable wherever we sat.
Overall: Great night, great dinner, great everything.
Price: We really went to town on the booze, and our custom is to pay for birthday boy, so although it came out to 100 a head, you must consider that e/one had scotch, wine, beers...I think our liquor bill was 250-300!!
When we go out for birthdays, we usually go to La Marais--they fit as many as we want on late notice, and you know you are getting a good steak...but the place seems to be getting more and more crowded and less comfortable... for 10-20 extra a head, Mike's is a superior experience.