This restaurant clearly caters to local residents and Columbia and Barnard students' parents, according to our Barnard niece, who enjoys the food.
We were neither impressed with the service nor the food. Our beet salad was delicious but it took over a half hour after that to get our main courses. My rare lamb was charcoal black and the presentation was lack luster. They advertised half price wines the night we were there, but the modest bottle we ordered could not possibly have cost $52 full priced.
I like they take advantage of the neighborhood good will, and for expensive prices in a university environment, one should expect more. As the NY Times recently discussed, the descriptions far out weigh the food itself. It is too bad. I hope they will work toward being more consistent.