This is a restaurant associated w/ the French Culinary Institute & has dishes made by students along w/ the instructors.
First, the bad. No lunch seating after 2PM when I had lunch (multiple people walked in & were turned away. Limited Menu-it's a limited prix fixe type of menu. Many of the lunch & dinner dishes overlap. Not cheap (though I think a good value for what you get).
This is one of only 2 places I ate at more than once during my last trip. It was conveniently located near my hotel (Broadway & Canal), but also good food. Service is very good. Very helpful & accommodating. Attentive w/o being hovering. I didn't ask for any, but ask for some free bread to take home. Baguette is pretty good. The menu is a bit limited (prix fixe) & some of the lunch & dinner dishes overlap (I went once for lunch, once for dinner), though there is enough variety that you don't necessarily have to try the same thing if you visit more than once. It is by no means cheap budget dining, but considering it is French fine dining in Manhattan, it is a great value for what you get. Everything I had, food & beverages, were delicious & well paired. It has a nice atmosphere. Though it is nice fine dining quality & you will likely see some diners dressed up, I came in very casual, some others diners are very casual, & there was no snobbish picky raising elitist vibe. Presentation is nice, but not unnecessarily over the top like a stacked building or Jackson Pollack painting on the table. When casually asking about the student rotation, the host offered & gave me a nice little tour. I met Jacques Pepin while I was having lunch. Nice old guy.
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