After much hype in this forum about Payard, I finally went to try out Payard with much anticipation. We had reservations so being seated was not a problem. Our waitress was kinda odd b/c we told her we wanted the tasting menu and she was reluctant to serve us that, not sure why. she kept on trying to persuade us that the tasting menu is VERY HEAVY, and that there are 5 courses and we may not finish it. it's so weird, why would she not want our $68? She sounded offended that we didn't want to order from the menu, "we have alot of other things on teh menu that is VERY good, u can order 3 courses on the menu and it would be just as good as the tasting menu." we didnt know why she did that, but we insisted we wanted the tasting menu. B/c one of my friends was allergic to onions and garlic, we ended up not being able to get the tasting menu b/c all their sauces are made with a bit of onion and garlic. the waitress wasn't too friendly when she was explaining to us that the menu itself was not too bad. other than that incident where we felt the waitress didnt want us to order the tasting menu, the service on everything else was exceptional.
anyway... the food... i ordered the mesclun salad for appetizer, salad is salad, can't really go wrong. for my entree, i got this boullabaise with chilean sea bass, i thought the soup base was a bit heavy, other than that, the fish was tasty and fresh, just the soup that wasn't my kind of thing. By that time, nothing really wowed me, so i thought, the dessert is going to be EXCEPTIONAL b/c that's what they're known for. We ordered the Grand Tasting that came with a lemon tart, an apple tart, some chocolate cake and a mocha eclair. We also got the chocolate souffle with pistachio ice cream. Let me tell ya, everything just tasted like chunks of sugar to me. it was TOO SWEET. the chocolate cake was VERY CHOCOLATY and VERY SUGARY. it really did not WOW me. the souffle was nothing compared to the chocolate souffle at Roy's NY. their's was really good with a melting hot chocolate inside the souffle. it was exceptional. the one at payard's was just like chocolate cake with ice cream on teh side. ~eh~
so i dont think i would go back, too overrated, the desserts are way too sweet for me. but i must say, the service was really good, ppl were really nice there. still dont know why my waitress didnt want us to get the tasting menu. anyone know?