I was quite impressed with the food at Black Market Liquor Bar (BMLB). A friend had mentioned this place and then my wife had this place bookmarked on Yelp as one of the places she wanted to try. So for a date night we ventured to BMLB and checked out what the good reviews were about. Note: there is no sign really indicating the restaurant other than the valet stand that said BMLB. It was a bit odd but then when we entered, it all made sense. The decor was impressive with the dark mood setting and the curved brick roof which made you think that you entered (wait for it...) a Black Market. We did not have a reservation but were seated quickly when we got there at 7pm. We were seated toward the back and close to the kitchen. Note: if you are not a fan of heat, you may want to sit toward the front of the restaurant as the heat from the kitchen and lack of moving air made it a bit uncomfortable. To our surprise, we saw a former Top Chef contestant and executive chef Antonia Lofasa expediting the food. I knew we were going to get good food seeing how she competed in the reality show. Our server was excellent and helpful with ordering the food. We ended up ordering the Chicken Bao, Short Rib slider, the corn dish, the mussels, the Korean kimchi wings, and the vanilla bean and Bourbon ice cream for dessert. No complaints about the food at all as for the taste but the portions are somewhat small. And the service is hands down excellent. I wish I could remember their names but our server and a gentleman who may have been the manager were very attentive and friendly. They and the other staff really made the difference for our experience. Even the chef noticed that we were waiting long for our mussels to come out and had sent over a dish of the deviled quail eggs (delicious) to compensate for the wait. Again, impressive. It is rare to go to a restaurant for the first time and walk away with a very positive experience.