I came here last year and it was a memorable meal for its civilized Parisian quality. So I was happy to return recently but was put off by the mixed reviews on this site. Perhaps the excellent chef, who had cooked for Ducasse had left? Perhaps there were new owners. I emailed the resto with a question and the chef himself responded. I did return and am so glad I did. First, when entering with my wife and two teenage girls, a friendly, warm though casual welcome from the maitre d' and the chef, who was cooking on a Sunday night (try finding that in NY). The entire front of the house is run by that same friendly maitre d' and one assistant, two consummate pros who never leave you looking for help and even have time to review each item on their lovely menu plus specials. It's busy but you don't feel rushed, rather like you are in the hub of a fun party. The meal here always starts with ham sliced off the bone, bread and sweet butter.
The ingredients are top-notch. Our standout dishes: salmon prepared as herring, Colvert duck pie, Tartare of fresh, not frozen, blue shrimp and a vegetable medley served in a small copper pot.
The food is indeed first rate but it is the entire experience that puts this place into the excellent category.
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