We'd dressed up as much as we could, as we didn't realize we'd still be traveling on New Year's Eve, and we'd just been seated at a table in the furthest reaches of the restaurant after a brief wait at the bar. Approximately three seconds later, we realized we'd be suffering the whole meal -- a large and boisterous group was seated immediately behind us. The owner (?) discretely offered to move us to another room, and we reveled in the glorious silence at our new table. Thus ensconced, we proceeded to enjoy each and every wild and crazy course of the set menu -- a salad that included chestnut mousse, duck antipasti, oysters and tea gelatin (with collards!), and a wonderfully tender buffalo....as well as lots of things we could not identify. The one downside was our dessert being served with red velvet ice cream that had mostly all melted -- we'd forgotten it was supposed to be ice cream, so we didn't say anything, but we were reminded when the table across from ours was served an intact dish with a nice round scoop of ice cream. At a place where the meat is the focus, that wasn't a huge sin -- just a surprise and slight let-down. My petite sirah was not as good as the one I'd had the night before at Bistro Roca, so I ordered the pinot noir for my second glass. Otherwise, we had great service and a great meal, thanks to being moved away from the loud table!
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