Others have already pointed this out: it's a cooking (they say culinary arts) school. That being the case, you have to expect some variability. I first ate at the new school about two years ago. The service was slow, the food mediocre. That was for lunch. A year ago my wife and I tried it for a Saturday morning brunch. The food was better, but the service was worse: 40 minutes to get a cup of coffee. My wife talked me into trying it one more time, for a Valentine's Day dinner. The pix fixe menue was interesting, and the food was very good. I had tomato basil soup (delicious), we shared the sweet potato gnocchi (unusual flavors and texture, but really good, and the not-too-bitter kale was a delightful surpise), and I finished with the rack of lamb over polenta. Lots of places try to do polenta - The Class Act can actually bring it off. And for once the server didn't ask how I would like my lamb, a sign of a restaurant that doesn't know how to cook lamb; it just arrived perfectly medium rare.
The service has improved. We were able to substitute chocolate cake for the advertised pavlova. In fact, I had only two complaints: the food arrived so rapidly that we felt a little rushed, and didn't really have time to savor each dish; and the server kept saying things like, "How are we liking the lamb?" First, "liking" isn't a verb; second, "we" aren't eating this meal, unless you're offering to pick up part of the tab. But neither of these complaints is serious enough to keep me from trying the place again.
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