I lunched at this restaurant, alone, mid-week, when I had a couple of hours to spare in New York City.
Upon entering the Sofitel it felt like something of a sanctuary; a stylish but also very comfortable enclave of elegance and sophistication in contrast to the brash and noisy environment of 44th street outside? The restaurant was similarly furnished, with an environment full of upscale appointments and up-market clientele. The atmosphere is quiet and restful, with no unwelcome distractions from your own thoughts or conversation.
I sat by the window on a comfortable French Brasserie style chair and table. The service was immediately prompt, and two waiters served my every food and beverage need throughout the meal.
A lobster salad, steak frites, cheese plate and coffees were all immaculately presented, European style, without too much fuss. All tasted fresh, authentic and appealing. The portions were right-sized, neither too big nor too small, and the meal felt well balanced and nourishing. My carafe of Cotes Du Rhone tasted like a true vintage French wine and was freshly opened and poured for me.
I had absolutely no complaints about this restaurant and feel its a very praise-worthy establishment, truly a little bit of France in Midtown Manhattan. Many French and other Europeans frequent the hotel and restaurant.
Finally, the bill was also reasonable and the rest-rooms were excellent in their cleanliness, style and comfort.
I was pleased to find Gaby and would certainly go back there and may well stay in the hotel on my next visit.
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