I took my SO to Restaurant Gascogne (158 8th Avenue) last night in Chelsea and I just wanted to do a quick review.
We weren't that hungry so we didn't do a really big dinner but overall the experience was very good. We shared a mushroom tatin appetizer which was delicious. She had the filet mignon and I had a "duo de la mer" which was sea bass and swordfish. Both entrees were memorable and wonderful.
The appetizer was $10 and the entrees were $24. The regular menu isn't too overwhelming and they had a number of very good-looking specials as well. The service was good but not excellent. I got the feeling that they dote on their regulars (which makes sense) and we were new there.
We didn't stay for dessert wine (they come by with a big rack of bottles) or dessert itself but overall I'd recommend Gascogne to anyone who wants a quieter, more intimate dining experience. Because it was hot out, we stayed in doors, but they do have a very nice patio in back which looks inviting too.
It's sort of an oasis of calm in that part of Chelsea which is full of busy, loud, raucous restaurants.