We had gone to the movies at BAM and were trying to decide on where to go for dinner. One of us wanted a light meal and the two others wanted a full course spread. After some discussion we decided to try Melt.
Sunday night was pretty cold and there were only two or three other tables occupied when we got there around 7 or 7:30. The place is spare but nicely appointed and has a soothing atmosphere. They were thoughtful too about seating us away from the big windowed front to a spot that would be warm.
We were discussing sharing two different salads - the special beet salad and the mixed green salad on the menu - when the waiter offered to combine the two and make it larger for the three of us to share. We agreed and a lovely platter arrived at just $1 more than the combined cost of the two salads. We each got a glass of wine - 1 chardonnay and 2 chianti. I can only speak for the chianti which was potable and palatable but nothing exceptional - but it was reasonable. The breads that were served - an olive bread and a sesame bread were fresh and good. Two of our group got the special crab stuffed sole w/hollandaise which they proclaimed delicious and I wound up with the pork tenderloin (no light meal here) which was delicious with creamy (very creamy!) polenta and well-prepared spinach. It was totally yum. We finished off with coffee and teas and one molten chocolate cake. The cake was exceptional - I was lucky enough to get a bite and the waiter brewed the coffee free for my husband.
The waiter was attentive - well, he should have been given that there were so few tables but that is certainly not always the case - and charming.
It was a pleasant and enjoyable dinner. The food was quite good and very reasonable. I think the bill for shared salads, main course, wine, tea/coffee was about $40 with tax and tip and I understand that they have a prix fixe on Tuesday nights for $20.
We spoke to one of the owners at the end of the evening and it was nice to speak with someone who so obviously cares about his restaurant.
It's a little off of Fifth Avenue so that may be why it isn't so frequented but it really deserves more business. I'll be back and others on the board should check it out imho!