We ate downstairs in the Monday Club, where Susan Regis is preparing smaller and less hearty plates of food than Amanda Lydon is preparing at the more formal and more expensive Soiree Room upstairs. Both rooms take reservations, and both rooms are a visual delight. A really fun place to eat. Particularly downstairs, where we ate. So many colors, mirrors, chandeliers, colorful drinks, etc. Like Alice in Wonderland for adults.
But, to the point: THE FOOD!
We never remembered to ask what type of oysters ($12) they were. But, perhaps that was because we were too busy being wowed by the way the their extreme brininess played a perfect counterpart to the tart lime sauce.
The warm endive salad with chopped bacon and a lightly poached egg ($12) proved that there are exceptions to Bart Simpson's claim that: "You don't win friends with salad." For me, this dish was the highlight of the night. Fat and salt.
The grilled cheese of the day was a mozzarella grilled cheese with basil. It came with ($11) or without ($7) a small saucer of tomato soup. We chose "with". Good choice. A gussied up version of a childhood favorite.
Finally, there was orechiette with veal and pancetta meatballs and asiago cheese($15). A very rich dish with a gooey cheese sauce. Perfect dish for a winter evening by the fire. Which is where we were.
The manager, Lorenzo Savona, formerly did the wine at Sommelier so, there are lots of well-chosen wines by the glass. But, just as was true at Les Zyg, he seems to be partial against American wines, as none of the 25 wines by the glass were American.
The waitress, the hostess, and the table next to us all urged us to try the butterscotch pudding for dessert, apparently the house favorite. Alas, we were stuffed with food and wine and decided to leave it as an incentive to return soon. Not that we needed one. What a fun place.