I've heard so many good things about this restaurant on Chowhound that I tried it this week. Big disappointment but then again I'm only going by one visit.
There's a front bar that's very crowded with people who seem to work in the area (East 33rd St. bet. 3rd & Lexington Ave)and are basically there for a cocktail. The back dining room is dark in a gothic way with comfortable booths on the left side of the room, banquettes on the right and tables in the center.
My friend had a salad as she wasn't very hungry. It consisted of overcooked (too hard/crusty) goat cheese croquettes and mixed greens. She said the house dressing tasted like a bottled raspberry vinaigrette and it was too heavily smeared on the lettuce.
I ordered a crusted roast Alaskan salmon. The dish sounded appealing because it came with lentils, leeks, and wild mushrooms. Unfortunately, the lentils, leeks and mushrooms were all smooshed together suitable for a child's taste and were bland to boot. Personally, I just dislike ingredients that are described separately yet served in a heap. The salmon looked pretty and sat on a cute little cedar plank that it was roasted on. Bland. The dish was either $22 or $24 and I felt I could go to a better place for a couple of bucks more.
I usually notice bread and the one offered is a white sesame crusted sliced bread. A separate dish with pats of butter but no olive oil.
The pasta dishes sounded good on the menu so I'm wondering if we just ordered the wrong dishes. They also offer tasting menus and maybe that's the way to go. Would appreciate any comments and recommendations as I really wanted to like this place because there's not many good places to chow in the area.