On Friday my husband and I decided to head downtown for an early dinner, but after crossing 86th Street to the UWS it occurred to me to see if we could get a table at Ouest, since it was just after 6pm. We've tried to go before - but they only serve brunch, not lunch, on the weekends and we'd not been able to get a last-minute dinner reservation in the past. I stepped in and was told it would not be a problem, and so had a (huge) vodka martini at the bar and some conversation with what appeared to be regulars at the place, while my husband found a parking space.
When they seated us I realized that I had no idea how large the place is, and what a lovely room - soaring ceilings, red banquettes etc. My husband ordered a Bitburger and we were immediately brought some incredibly crusty baguettes and a very tasty chickpea puree with olive oil and basil (I think basil). That disappeared very quickly and we were immediately brought another one. We ordered a bottle of Vecchia Storia Barbaresco ($60) and ate:
Goat Cheese Ravioli with Tomato, Pancetta & Basil ($13)
Frisée, Lardons & Poached Egg - it was a special and had something else on it that I don't remember ($14).
Stewed Honeycomb Tripe with Red Wine, Pancetta & Onions ($26)
Roasted Farm Raised Sturgeon with Seasonal Mushrooms, Soy Beans & Truffled Carnaroli Rice ($30)
The food was all absolutely delicious - my husband raved about the tripe all weekend. The place is expensive - $162 for two us (not including my cocktail or tip), but definitely worth it and a great dining option on the UWS. Service was excellent.