Eating at La Belle Vie is undeniably a wonderful experience: The setting is the ground floor of an old hotel, but the restaurant is only one smallish room. The lighting is muted, although they need more table-level light, as opposed to ceiling-level light. The overall feel is dated. The service is outstanding--possibly the most professional I've seen in years. One of the servers (oh, yes, there are multiple) has to tell you what's in front of you. Our party of five had the five-course tasting menu. It wasn't enough food, but it cost $70 a person. The a la carte section was tiny, and I have no idea what size those portions would have been. So, to leave not hungry you have to have even courses. One of the reasons I would have liked bigger portions was to be able to appreciate the complexity of flavors better. It's hard to get all the nuances in one bite. The poussin (young hen) was phenomenally tasty, and you could get about four bites from that dish. The wine list was not surprisingly short on affordable wines, but I did find a Chianti that served us well enough. Altogether, a top-notch place, but, at $3.50 a bite, not for everyone.