Hadn't been back since H. Ike, and it was past time. They've restored the same decor as before, a plus and a minus (see below). Still dark wood, still an intimate feel.
Filete de Carne Presidente was excellent--they even added a touch in the preparation that wasn't on the menu. Be sure to ask.
Dessert was disappointing. They can't do a regular mousse, even though all the ingredients are on the menu in other items. Guess the dessert chef isn't so creative. If you're a Rummy, ask about the under-the-bar exotics.
Service was wonderful, as before. Attentive, knowledgeable, but not intrusive. Side note: It's fun to watch the waitstaff swarm a table of 5 or 6, so everyone has their entree at exactly the same time. Did Paco learn that in Managua, or out on the East End with the mosquito patrol?
Downsides: Seating. 1. There's only one two-chair table, and it's stuck in a corner next to the bar. Don't accept this table unless you're desperate. In one chair, you could be smacked in the back from time to time; in the other, you'll feel like you've been sent to the punishment corner in first grade. First rule of Restaurant Club: No one puts Baby in the corner.
2. They didn't listen to previous comments. If you're disabled, this remains a very tricky floor plan to negotiate. Very cramped. If you're disabled, call ahead for reservations, and tell them you MUST have a table in the front or right on the main aisle. And not the corner table.
I'd like to give them 4.5 stars, but since that's not an option, and the downsides can be negotiated, I'll keep it at 5.
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