Just ate there last week, Seth, and it's quite, quite
good. "Global American" food with an Irish accent here
and there, effortlessly sleek (especially for a place
this new), and very comfortable. It'd be great for a
party, because there's a big swanky "Leopard Lounge"
upstairs. The dining area seats 50-60, and there's a
full dinner menu served 'til 4 a.m. However, it's kind
of pricey (for the East Village): appetizers are about
$5-15, and entrees are $13-24 (for lamb rack). But I
think you get what you pay for. The chef has some
unusual ideas (Cabernet roquefort sauce for the filet
mignon) and some very solid signatures--my favorite was
black-sesame encrusted rare tuna medallions arranged
around a mound of garlic mashed potatoes all scattered
with deep-fried spinach. The place feels well-heeled
enough to stay put long enough to attract the following
it deserves. After all, First (which, about a block
east, has similar inventiveness and prices) took several
months to find its audience.
Hope I've been helpful. Bon appétit!