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yvonne johnson | May 7, 2001 04:41 PM

43 e 20 st (b/w bway & park ave s.) 353-3700

very good, tho not spectacular, dinner last night.

A’s: simple lobster salad. Large pieces of meat with greens in vinaigrette. Shrimp ravioli with lobster bisque-wonderfully rich
M’s: I had halibut, sauteed atop white beans and herbs with broth. Fish maybe a tad overdone, and I’d have added a touch more of salt, but none on table--probably should've asked for some. I tasted the filet steak with creamed pots, green beans, but it was nowhere as good as the juicy strip steak. The reduction with the strip was more concentrated.
D’s: my rhubarb crisp was tart for sure, but not very exciting. Hazlenut tart was pretty forgettable.. Far away the best was the chocolate souffle, runny in center.
Three course prix fixe (quite a bit of choice): $68

This is a small place. The restaurant proper (there are a couple of tables in front) feels a bit like a narrow dark box. Comfortable leather chairs tho, tables fairly spaced apart. Service unobtrusive and efficient.

Will I go back? I know next so little about wine (the 1999 chablis, cote de lechet (tribut) worked fine with my lobster. 1997, red burgundy, moray saint denis, clos de la boussiere (roumier), a bit thin for my taste but very drinkable), so I can’t comment on the wine list (that our chum read for probably 20 minutes), and I understand the wines are for some the primary reason for going. The food? Imv, Scott Bryan is a very decent chef, but I don’t think he’s stellar. This was regular (and now too common) new american cuisine. blindfold I could’ve been at any number of manhattan restaurants. So the pull back to veritas isn’t that strong.

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