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Odeon - Still Great After All These Years...


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Odeon - Still Great After All These Years...

BrookBoy | Sep 21, 2012 08:22 PM

We had an appointment in Union Square this afternoon, and afterward my wife and I went to Odeon for an early dinner.

We've been going to Odeon off and on for a long time, maybe 20 years or so, and we were once again impressed with how well Odeon has maintained its very high level of quality. If I recall correctly, Odeon was either the first, or certainly among the first, of the quality/destination restaurants to open in Tribeca. This was before the area was even known as Tribeca, and at that time it was pretty much a wasteland.

When Odeon opened, it attracted crowds, mostly the glitterati of the time, but Odeon delivered on service and quality of food. As the years have rolled by, Odeon still delivers and is still worth a visit. Very much so.

My wife, Maureen, had the heirloom tomato salad as an appetizer and a cheese omelet as her main course. I had the frisee salad with a poached egg to start, and then had the hangar steak. Hardly ground-breaking stuff, but, my oh my, was it good. Maureen went for the omelet because she had it on our previous visit, a few months ago, and was still thinking about it.

I feel the same way about that terrific frisee salad. I've had that salad, with the poached egg, every time I've visited in the past 20 or more years, and that poached egg has been warm and runny every single time. Yum. Again, Yum.

I went with the hangar steak because of how much I have enjoyed it in the past, but I thought long and hard about getting the corn ravioli instead. Hangar steak to me is a perfect bistro meal (which is what was the deciding factor for me), and, as usual, it not only didn't disappoint, it was terrific. Medium-rare, it had good chew and great steak taste. I could eat that thing every night.

Service was top-notch, as usual, and we thoroughly enjoyed our bottle of California Chardonnay. Odeon still has the good sense to provide an ice bucket filled with ice water, placed near the diner, so that you can pour our own if you wish.

It is a real pleasure to be able to report that there is this ongoing oasis of dining and drinking pleasure, even after all this time.

You could do a lot worse than making a reservation at Odeon and stopping in for a very enjoyable visit.

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