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mberniker | May 9, 2005 11:04 AM

Usually, fellow Chowhounders don't steer me wrong, so I was full of high expectations when I visited Town last night, given the raves it gets here. Unfortunately, the meal was slightly better than mediocre at best, and FAR behind recent meals at Lever House and Cafe Boulud. Service was also poor: server was overbearing when we needed her not to be (before we were ready to order,) and nowhere to be found when we needed her (when we were ready to order.)

I will say two good things about it 1) the room is beautiful and it is unusally quiet for a NYC restaurant, 2) the $71 3-course dinner is fairly priced, (although $6 for a cup of tea and $5 for a cup of coffee is a little high.)

I had a perfectly decent octopus salad, followed by a completely flavorless arctic char (the waitress had recommended,) which sat atop an unecessarily rich sunchoke puree. Compare this to the outstanding red trout I had last week at Lever House, and, well, there is no comparison. Deserts were good, but there are more items on the desert menu than the main menu...something wrong with that.

Anyway, felt it necessary to be a dissenter among the accolades, because even though I wasn't bitterly disappointed, I was disappointed.

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