What a surprise. We hit this place completely by accident on Father's Day and had the best meal I've had in a year at least (with one small, but huge, unfortunate incident). Its incredibly and conveniently located at Manhattan and Manhattan with a few hidden public parking lots behind it. Inside is a wonderful open and modern decor (with the biggest ceiling fan my 3 year old has ever seen), rather noisy, but not terrible, and a small but seemly efficient bar area with about 8 stools directly at the bar and a good number of high top tables to the side (however, they appeared to be reserved seating as well - not a bar seating area).
The winner was the food. They are a small plates joint, and we ordered 7-8 different things. While I agree that the prices are high, the quality was unmatched in my experience with this area (with the exception of one sushi place that I just remembered from about 6 years ago, so who knows if its even still there).
Cheddar and Bacon Biscuits with some delicious maple and something butter
Pear pot pies, which were basically turnovers (not at all to detract from their incredible quality)
Sausage with a kale-like green in an incredibly hot pan (this might have been the least impressive item on the menu, if only because it was partially burned)
Truffle honey Fried Chicken with a dash of slaw
French Toast stuffed with ricotta, cherries and marcona almonds
Ivan Drago - a cocktail (gin I think) with ginger, mint and yuminess
No need for me to go through each item. No joke, we agreed that each order kept getting better and better. I'm sure that in any order, we would have felt the same.
The ONLY gripe I have is about a server that was not even ours. Ours (Rachel, I think) was fantastic. However, here is a large male server there - goatee I believe, and just a big dude. He may be a great server, but as I was guiding my 3 year old out of the place, weaving through the tables as you must, this guy turned around after clearing some plates off a table, with a dinner knife (not a bread knife, but one with a sharp point) in his fist pointing forward from a stack of plates in his arms. If you can imagine this, at the farthest point forward on his person was this sharp knife. And he was turning left and right, reaching and returning upright, with that knife - RIGHT AT THE EYE/HEAD LEVEL OF MY THREE YEAR OLD - jutting forward, retreating, and SWINGING back around. I was furious and tried to say something as I literally jerked my son back from him, but he was completely oblivious and kept clearing a table. I chose to get away from him and out instead of insisting that if he was not a complete fool he was doing a great impersonation of one. However, this was very enlightening. Beware parents, there is serious danger everywhere (if you are a parent already, you are likely well aware of this).
This small episode was nearly nightmare inducing - if just for the realization of how dangerous the safest of places can be, and how completely unthinking people are. (A child, a pregnant woman, and a wrong turn - for god sake).
EVERYTHING ELSE - other than this completely dopey waiter - WAS INCREDIBLE.
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