It's off on a side street, so unless you are looking for it, it's not all that likely that you will find it. Even the entry, just one building in from Amsterdam Avenue, does't stand out. But once inside, the dining room is more than big enough to feel spacious, yet broken up into sections to make it feel intimate. Seating is comfortable, with just a bit more space than the usual NYC tight standard. Room is attractive, crowd comfortable and animated, a good time feeling is in the air. Noise level is up there, but no so much as to strain conversation. The help looks sharp, and the service is spot-on. They are there when you need them, the food arrives at the right pace, the presentation is professional.
And the best part of all is the food itself. To name a couple of plates, we had the wood oven roasted egg parmessean frisse truffle appy, which, may sound just a bit over the top. And it is, it is a bit of a surprise, an original, light, fun, and well worth it. Then there is the lamb shank. Looked too large on the plate, but when disected was just the right amount of food as at the core were 3 good-sized bones. The meat was cooked to be fork tender, the fat almost completely rendered, yet the the meat was fully firm with the intensive natural flavor intact. Spices and reduction as usual, but in addition there was a touch of orange rind adding a distinct highlight and just a bit of the right bitter kick. Couldn't be better.
As to prices, more than fair. The frisee egg $16, the shank $29.
A delightful evening all around. Recommend highly.
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