Went there on a Tuesday night with my parents (who are from France). The place opens at 19:30. We were the first customers. First, the service as amazing. Professional, friendly, smiling, very high end without being intimidating--and our waitress was very cute too. The place is very nicely set up. Modern yet with a touch of class and tradition. Great view of the Avenue if you get a window seat. We went with the tasting menu which is a total bargain and an amazing experience. It started with a delicious "amuse bouche", appetizer, a fish dish and a meat dish, a "trou normand" (ice cream served between the fish and the meat to clear your palate and stomach). And desert. All dishes were fabulous, original in flavor and presentation, all with a heavy touch of Portuguese flavor. All dishes came from the main menu with smaller--yet sizable portion. The meal including a great French bubbling wine. We ordered a bottle of white Portuguese wine which I let the sommelier/waiter chose for us. It was perfect and very very reasonably price ($15 or so). You can trust the waiter will not take advantage of you.
My parents were thrilled by the quality of the whole experience which was equivalent or better to that of to a top restaurant in NYC. The killer was how reasonably priced the whole thing was. I cannot even imagine how they make money on this. It would easily cost twice or 3 times that in NYC. Try that tasting menu, you will not regret it!
Congratulations to the team at Avenue. You guys rock.
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