Much to my surprise, last Monday I was able to get a same day lunch reservation at Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro Moderne, close to my midtown office. I can't complain about the meal, but neither was I bowled over. My starter was the baby Bibb lettuce Nicoise with tuna confit, green beans and cherry tomatoes–pretty good, but I don't turn cartwheels for salads. My main course was the beef short ribs raviole (is that French for ravioli?) with baby spinach, fava beans, button mushrooms and Parmesan. The dish was quite nice, the perfectly prepared vegetables making a nice ensemble with the ravioli, which, by the way, reminded me of upscale kreplach. The dessert, lemon-rasberry cake with raspberry coulis and vanilla chantilly was rather pedestrian. When you consider the fact that it's normally impossible to get three courses at lunch for under $50 at this restaurant it was, overall, a nice opportunity, but I'm not inspired to go back and "pay retail."
Granted, a Restaurant Week menu is not always the best indicator of what a restaurant is really all about, and that's one of the problems with Restaurant Week.