Hi All. We recently had the opportunity to dine at Blackbird, Blackfish and L'Oca.
Details to follow but of the three Blackbird and L'Oca were top notch, worthy of a destination dining experience. Blackfish was just ok. We would dine there again if we lived in the immediate area or were in the neighborhood.
Blackbird - We dined early on a Sunday evening. It was almost empty. The service was warm and professional from start to finish. For apps we had thai chicken spring rolls, squash bisque and shrimp crusted with Aborio rice over avocado salad. All were fabulous.
For entrees we had the striped bass over crabmeat risotto and veal t-bone over mashed potatoes. For dessert we had the gingerbread with carmel sauce and the cheese plate. Everything was fabulous. Of particular note was the the food wasn't prepared with lots heavy cream and butter. It's nice to find a chef that doesn't rely on cream and butter to flavor the foods.
L'Oca - we went very early on a Saturday. They don't take reservatons so go early or be prepared for a 30 - 45 minute wait. This was our second visit to L'Oca. The first was soon after they opened. Things have really improved. The service was good. They have installed some noise absorbtion tiles which really made a difference. We had bean and atrichoke soup, grilled veggie and antipasti platter and fresh anchovies. For entrees we had pasta with scallops and wild mushrooms, bunny stuffed with artichoke pate and cheese and roasted chicken. For dessert we had capagiro gelato. All except the scallops and gelato were wonderful. The scallops were very gritty and the gelato suffered from time in storage. The nice thing about capagiro is that they serve fresh gelato every day. That said even less than fresh capagiro was worth of ordering again.
Blackfish was just ok. Without elaboration the food suffered from a very heavy hand. My "surf and turf" scallops and short ribs had a great flavor and would have been fine except the mashed turnips were laden with heavy cream. Way too heavy as an accompaniment for the short ribs. No one wanted dessert after dinner because we were all ready to hurl. The service was not professional. The low point was when the server described a dish as a "melange of delishiosity" yuck. Then she stated that she considered it a personal failure when we didn't order dessert.