I dined here on business with colleagues in February 2013
This is a famous chef restaurant, and has some of that inherent cockiness, but it's a nice experience overall.
The room is very modern and elegant, with lots of hard surfaces so it's a little noisy, but feels current and swanky at the same time. Lots of wait staff, it was a busy night, but my glass was never empty, and we had plenty of attention.
The bar is great, with an absolutely unbelievable selection. Their bourbon selection is extremely impressive, which you'd expect for a place named with bourbon in their name. No Pappy Van Winkle, but every other high end and boutique bourbon you could want, including Willet and Four Roses, which are hard to find even in nice steak houses.
Great wine selection, prices were very high on wine, but they were offering a 50% off any bottle the night we went, which made the price quite good.
If you like beef and lobster, you will be in heaven. If you want something lighter, go somewhere else.
We started with the complementary duck fat fries with sauces, and as always, they were tasty. I had the American Wagyu flatiron, and it was so delicious, fork tender and well marbled, and cooked perfectly. My companions had the skirt steak, and were raving about them. I also had a Tuna Tartar starter with quail egg and pine nuts, and would have eaten 4 of them it was so good.
Dessert menu looked great, but we passed.
There are lots of sides spinach and broccilini, and truffled mac and cheese, and potatoes, whatever you want and expect a nice steakhouse to have, they had.
After our steaks arrived, the waiter, the captain, and the maitre'd all checked on us to make sure they were to our satisfaction, so service is excellent and professional.
When it's time to order, these guys sell, so be prepared. You want a steak, they're going to offer additional "chef recommendations", no salad, they're going to try to sell you one. It was very smooth and professional, but slightly off-putting. It was also successful, we ended up adding a few things, and they were very tasty, but did bump the bill up. This is why if there was a 4.5 stars option, that's what I'd pick. It's not fair to give them a 4 raiting, as the food was truly perfect, and the service was fantastic, but I hate giving them the top rating when I felt a little bit "sold" when I ordered.
And about that bill....this is not a budget restaurant. We didn't have wine, had cocktails by the glass, and one of our party only drank bottled water, and bill for two starters, three mains, three sides, three coffees, and 4 bourbons was, pre-tip, $250 bucks. So, with tip $100 per cover, which is a little spendy, but I wouldn't say it's unfair. Just know going in, that while you will absolutely get your money's worth, you will spend some money.
PS: For my southern friends, one of the few bars outside of New Orleans that can make a real Sazerac. Other than Emeril's in Las Vegas, I haven't found another
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