It takes a lot to get me to leave the house on a Friday night, but the effects of my long, long work week evaporated within minutes of climbing the stairs to the dining room at 80 Thoreau. We love to eat at one of the high-top tables near the bar -- a little more casual and great for watching the talented bartenders hone their craft. For a first course we shared the gnocchi with mushrooms and the tuna croquettes, both delicious. The croquettes were an elevated version of something comforting and familiar, really quite unusual. Now for the main course I was torn -- I enjoy duck, but so many times it is disappointing. Fortunately my faith was restored with by far the best duck I have eaten in years -- tender, perfectly rendered and served medium rare. The braised pig cheek was equally delicious, rich and luscious. Did I actually forget to mention the wine? Ian suggested a wonderful Cotes du Ventoux red from Fondreche that paired perfectly with our meal. We rounded out a delightful evening with panna cotta and a tiny sampling of Bual Madiera -- so yummy that I ordered a full glass. I immediately went home and posted to Facebook friends that they MUST go to 80 Thoreau.