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Nice dinner at Sibling Rivalry

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Nice dinner at Sibling Rivalry

Joanie | May 23, 2005 08:01 AM

Started with drinks at the Oak Bar Fri. nite which was pretty packed (plus some proms were going on in the hotel). My friend got a plain ole Beefeater w/ olives and our waitress (who was great) approved of my made up "martini" of Stoli vanilla, midori and a little pineapple juice. Nice dish of mixed nuts, jazz in the background if you like that (not my thing and a little too loud) and then the sticker shock came, $14 and $16 (!!!). Wow, what more can you say.

Seated right away for our 9PM reservations by the window in the middle room. I don't think that left room is as bad as everyone else. Our seats were a little chilly (had this problem with hot and cold in the bar before) and we kind of wished we'd grabbed a seat at the open kitchen bar to watch them cook, but it was fine. Good service altho they forgot to bring the bread til after the appetizers were served. The duck confit didn't look like your typical confit but it was good. Even better were the crispy sweetbreads with mushroom ravioli in a great sauce. Those crisp little nuggets could convince the most scared eater that organ meat is just fine. We shared a sole w/ lobster ravioli that was served with a nicely crisped outer layer so it looked almost like crab cakes. Portions were small to medium, appetizers were about $14 and the fish was $26 I think. We chose two from one column and one from the other, can't remember which chef did what but it was all good. Dessert was a rich warm chocolate cake with a caramel profiterole looking thing and a pot de creme. With a glass of red and white it came to about $80. Place was very active, they were pleasant and accommodating with me forgetting a gift certificate, interesting menu, I like the place.

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