The feel here is of a beloved neighborhood restaurant, the neighborhood being East 58th Street so the crowd looks to be very much elderly attorneys and cardiologists with their elegantly draped wives with their expensive hats worn through dinner. The staff hovers over people who are clearly regular customers, but everyone else is also treated very well and not ignored. But don't let the stodginess detract from the excellent cuisine here, carefully prepared and courteously presented. Every thing we had was very good and a few things were exceptional (particularly the pear and pecorino ravioli). And I didn't so much mind the stodgy feel as this is not a place to bring small children, so the experience is relaxed and generally quiet. A huge wine list is heavily weighted with very expensive bottles but there are also more than enough selections starting in the 40s. I enjoyed this place very much, though I'm not entirely sure it's quite up to the very steep prices. But rent isn't cheap on East 58th.
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