My wife and I ate at Spago in BH last night for my birthday as a present from my business partner. I have to say after feasting at a place like Spago it is the cherry on top of the sundae to simply get up and leave without ever asking for or seeing a check.
This was our first time and we both thought the restaurant was very attractive, (and big). We had a table in the first room that was next to the patio. The patio looked lovely, and there were plenty of folks dining out there, (at least until the mini hurricane struck about 8:45 p.m., then they all abandoned ship like drowned rats).
The service was very good. Cool, competent and without even a hint of attitude, which in my book goes a long was towards making my night a most enjoyable one.
As to the food, I had the Hudson Valley Foie Gras (4 ways) and it was wonderful in every sense of the word. My wife had the pasta with wild and domestic mushrooms and it was delicious too. I had the Indian inspired lamb, (both chops and slices) with a side of basmati rice and the curry infused cauliflower. I like strong tastes and this hit all my spots. My wife had the grilled Cote de Boeuf with the Pommes Aligot, and while it was a nice piece of beef and was cooked perfectly, somehow it just wasn't very exciting, and Pommes Aligot is just sort of a weird concoction that seems like it would be better to use as some sort of caulking compound or as paste in preschool.
I would also like to say that Spago gives ample, to large, portions of everything, and for those of the big appetite, (like myself) it is nice to not feel like you are going to need to swing though Jack in the Box on the way home.
The desserts were both wonderful, my Meyer Lemon souffle and my wife's chocolate pastry with blood oranges.
I had the single most expensive glass of wine I have ever ordered in my life, and probably ever will order, with dinner. A 1996 Barolo for $18.
Just to contrast this dining experience with Josie I will say that Spago is like a big 5 star hotel and Josie is like a wonderful upscale B&B. I give the nod to Josie on the food, but not by a lot. I would go back to Spago and have just starters for dinner as I thought they out shined the mains. But again, it was a wonderful dinner and I recommend it very highly to anyone contemplating a special occasion dinner.
Mr. Puck did come by and shake my hand and ask my wife how everything was, and this without knowing who we were in any fashion.
Thanks again to my thoughtful and beautiful business partner for our most excellent evening out.