Due to the really high praise on Trip Advisor, my husband and I decided to have lunch here while in New York earlier this month. The ambiance of this small restaurant is cozy and intimate. There are maybe 12 tables at the most, and there isn't much space between you and your neighbors. The service was excellent; our waitress was very warm, friendly, and helpful. She was a gem!
The food was good, but not the best we had while in New York. I ordered the romain and palm hearts salad and a side of polenta with mushrooms. The salad was a bit on the salty side and although it was tasty, it wasn't anything to write home about. The polenta, on the other hand, was amazing. I wish it came as an entree, not just a side dish. I could eat a large quanity of it! My husband had the lobster risotto. He enjoyed it, but said it wasn't the best risotto he'd had. For desert we ordered the beignets in chocolate sauce to share which were very good.
Along with our food, we ordered one drink each. The total (with drinks and tip) came to around $100. We thought it was a bit on the high side, especially for lunch. Was it our best meal in New York? No. Did we enjoy the ambiance, service, and interesting menu? Definitely. If you're looking for a quaint neighborhood restaurant with charm and character, that's a little off the beaten (tourist) track, this one is hard to beat.
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