My wife and I dined on a Saturday evening after making reservations on OpenTable that afternoon. The reservation went smoothly and we were seated promptly in prime time. Our table for 2 was tucked in a corner an quite small and upon asking to move to a larger deuce in the middle of the room, were accomodated graciously. The decor is sparse yet inviting and obviously with attention on trend setting decor. The restaurant is quite small with maybe only seating for 50 people tops, but very warm and with a nice sound level, although background music was NYC style electro-industrial.
We started with the the Daily Dip which was a wonderfully fresh hummus, very light, and with very nice hints of lemon and various herbal treatments. The romaine salad was unremarkable in its presentation (pleasantly devoid of ostentatious sculpturing) but was very fresh taking with its lemon-vinaigrette. There was nice continuity from the hummus appetizer.
miff had the horseradish salmon and I had the chicken. Both were infused with wonderful flavors, my chicken being a nice balance of savory and sweet, brought on by golden raisins (which normally I avoid, but were very nice here). My wife enjoyed her fish immensely although she thought the horseradish was too understated.
We enjoyed a couple of Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs by the glass and finished with cheese and port. Coffee was french pressed as the table and very delicious as well.
The service was fine, not overly engaging yet far short of pretentious which I had feared. However it was generally effective given there were essentially 2 servers working the whole room.
We did notice the bar never hit over 60% capacity from our 7-10 dining stint, but perhaps
it is a late night spot. The way the restaurant is laid out there is little interaction between bar and dining area.
All in all, we would definitely go back and recommend it as a New Haven eating destination. Bill was $182 for app, 2 salads, 3 wines, 2 entrees, port, coffee and 3 cheeses.