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Ribelle: Early Bird Bargain

teezeetoo | Nov 6, 201304:40 PM

Ok, we've had the four star discussion, and the "just opened not quite grown-up" discussion. This was my third visit: met friends for an early dinner to test out the 3 items for 30.00 dinner which is served I believe if you come before 6:30. Four of us shared 12 dishes, each of us had a cocktail, and we split a bottle of wine: tab was $240.00 before tip. We were so stuffed we actually left some food (and we're all seriously eaters). In addition to what we considered a bargain price for the food and drink, every dish was either super good or at least very good (none of us are knocked out by the deserts though they were perfectly acceptable). The duck mousse came with the best breadsticks, the pasta dishes each had superbly made pasta, the rigatoni and octopus was even better than my first time with it, the riff on toad in the hole (egg encompassed in fontana cheese toast with shisito peppers) was both delicious and made you smile, and the marinara sauce with the garlic knots was so good that my companion, an excellent home cook as am I, was disgruntled: she glumly admitted it was better than hers. Our cocktails were very good (my From the Hip was yummy, with mescal, campari, mint and something else). Service has dramatically improved from our August visit and even from last week's stop at the bar and was relaxed and attentive. It was still loud. Very loud. Oh well - I'm still thrilled to see it coming up and quite happy to be a neighbor.

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