Reviews from a Boston hound's weekend of eating:
I thought Balthazar was excellent, and the fact that it was a bustling "scene" made it all the more enjoyable. Yes it's noisy, but I found it to be in keeping with the idea of a brasserie. Spectacular oysters, with a remarkable selection of both east and west coast oysters. The Balthazar salad with truffle oil had delightful texture and contrast, and the goat cheese tart appetizer was smooth, creamy with the exquisitely delicate pastry surrounding it. Excellent cheese course... nicely paired with Port. Had one of the most spectacular and unusual desserts I've had -- banana ricotta tart (covered with caramelized sugar-coated bananas) on top of a scoop of banana ice cream. Everything was well done. Service was brusque but efficient and competent.
Harrison was also top-notch. Great service and extremely friendly, competent bartenders! Enjoyed the salmon blini with caviar appetizer (nice mix of flavors -- creamy, salty, sweet) and the jamon serrano in particular. There is also a wonderful spinach risotto on the menu. There was a salad (I believe it was called the sunflower salad?) that was incredibly fresh, interesting, and well-dressed. The fried clams app was a gargantuan portion but as a Bostonian, I found the clams themselves to be a bit small, more breading than clam.
"Good" is nice place for brunch with some interesting latin american influenced options. I thought the cheese grits and the buttermilk biscuits were the standouts.