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Riverview, LIC

Monkey Man Jake | Dec 2, 2006 03:26 PM

In one of those high rises, those appalling high rises... we were definitely impressed by the food. However, I get the feeling that it's an audition for becoming a Manhattan chef, not sticking around to provide eclectic bistro food in a neighborhood that needs it.

Maybe I'm paranoid. But as a Sunnysider who got his hopes up for Bliss and Quaint... when I see creative American food, I fear it's not long for the borough, particularly with the portentious view of the boro that is stealing some of our chefs.

So, try it while you can...

Crispy tuna appetizer. Sort of sashimi spring rolls. They were mild, served on a bed of julienned chinese vegetables. A really neat idea that didn't quite work... the tuna was too mild for the julienne and the kick of wasabi drowned out the tuna even more.

Beetroot salad. Beets, haricots vert, blue cheese and walnuts. Really nice. The beets were sweet, the french green beans were crisp and tender... and the cheese was ripe. What more can you ask for?

And Branzini. This was a *real* treat. Served with a kind of eggplanty/babaganoushy spread and roasted potatoes. The fish was perfectly done, the garnish was to die for. Loved it.

And the wine list is extensive - with a nice by the glass selection. I had a reserve salice that was velvet in a glass.

And the martini was huge and the gin unbruised. Huzzah!

So go before the chef buggers off to Manhattan - it's a nice view, there's a good bartender, and the food was reasonably priced, if you choose to go after he departs. <--- if yer in the nabe or near it...

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