Well, I've had dinner in this restaurant quite a few times over the last five or so years, and it has the makings of an appealing place to have dinner. And, to be fair, I've enjoyed each occasion when we'd eaten here. It was always with at least one other couple, but was usually more than that. But, on the last few dinners I...and each of the other people that I'd had dinner with on this occasion....noticed that this restaurant has become less and less appealing. I was really still not quite over what had been at my last visit there, the management's apparent experiment with offering "half-glasses" of wine at a premium price...Really????....Yes, really. I remember asking the waiter if Satan owned the restaurant when I saw that. Well, on my latest visit there, last week, that seems to be a thing of the past. However, the (full) glass of wine that the waiter brought me was hardly that...even in this day and age, the glass was absolutely less than a glass of wine. One of the people at the table remarked that his martini was also noticeably "skimpy," though I can't vouch for that since I don't drink martinis. My pre-dinner bourbon was ample. Back to the wine, though: I was just going to let it go (and consider never going back) but my wife was outraged at the shortage of wine in the glass and complained to our waiter. I can say that she did it very discretely, but the waiter obviously put off by this and didn't seem to even want to deal with the issue. But, he must have done something because a gentleman did come to the table and upon seeing the wine glass, did bring the bottle and fill the glass to a normal level.
As to the food...I had the bouillabaisse which was a "special" that evening. Now, there's a common wisdom that a proper bouillabaisse can not be made outside of France. I've had it in France a few times and enjoyed it a lot...and seeing it as a "special" made me fly in the face of that "common wisdom." I don't know if the "common wisdom" is true, or not...but the miniscule...ridiculously miniscule..and bland, tasteless portion that was brought to me, goes a good distance in proving that it is, indeed, true. And, if it isn't true, this restaurant failed in making their "special" of bouillabaisse a dish worth eating and certainly, in my estimation, shouldn't have even offered it.
The other three people at the table said that their food was "all right," with no one saying it was excellent or even "very good." This was on a weekday evening that we dined there and there's always a possibility that it was just an "off night." But, we all discussed it, and concluded that while the restaurant does have a nice ambiance and the food's, again, "all right," there's an unmistakeable sense there, that every single thing they bring out to the table was first thought about down to the penny...that feeling was actually palpable.
Another thing that we discussed is that there are other french bistros that are a lot more enjoyable that offer excellent food in Manhattan and that's we're well chose from next time.
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