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  • Aaron Mar 28, 2000 05:53 PM
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I took my sister to Chanterelle for her birthday this past week and both the food and the service were superb. I had the potato risotto with fois gras (a very generous portion and no supplement) and she had japanese style salmon several ways to start. We both had a wonderful fillet of beef in a red wine sauce that was excellent. It came with a potato tart and some spinach. I had an incredible caramel quartet dessert that included: flan, icecream, napoleon and a carmelized pear. It was the highlight of the meal. My sister had a good valrhona chocolate cake & banana ice cream.
We shared the cheese course, but I don't think it was as good as at Gramercy Tavern. Personally I prefer medium and harder cheeses and most all of the cheeses were runny to soft.
We ordered wine by the glass and they didn't gauge us, which I was happy about. I was pleased to see that few items on the prix fix menu had supplements. It is a pet peeve of mine when most items on prix fix menus have supplements, it seems to defeat the purpose.
All in all it was a wonderful evening. Unlike William Grimes in the times, I would rate it a 4 star experience.

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  1. Agree with you about the stars. Although you can drive yourself completely insane if you try to understand Grimes's star philosophy. The place he reviews today, Meigas, deserves 3 in my book. There's absolutely nothing like it in NY, probably the whole country. (I've raved about Meigas on this board before and continue to encourage all Chowhounds who are feeling flush to check it out. You can spend the same money or more in a lot of other places for food that's not half as good or interesting.)

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    1. re: pete wells

      I was one of the ones to urge diners to try Meigas. I returned on a Saturday night myself and the restaurant was more than half full and service was already suffering a bit for the increased traffic. I still like Meigas, but a three star restaurant, no way. It's a nice restaurant and Spanish food of this sort is not often found in NYC.

      Link: http:www.worldtable.com

      1. re: bux

        I was amazed to see that the Times listed Meigas's noise level as "loud when crowded." When is that, I wonder? You may be right about the stars. I've lost track of the standards--not that they're really important.

        1. re: bux

          I was amazed to see that the Times listed Meigas's noise level as "loud when crowded." When is that, I wonder? You may be right about the stars. I've lost track of the standards--not that they're really important.

          1. re: pete wells

            The noise level was quite different on our second visit than on our first. Only a handful of tables were occupied on our first visit and at least half the tables were taken on our second visit and a few tables saw mre than one sitting while we were there. Nevertheless the room would have been noisy had only the table for six next to us been taken. They made quite a bit of noise and it's quickly apparent that the sufaces are all hard. the ceiling is way up there, but it's a painted plaster ceiling. The floors are uncarpeted.

            Losing track of standards is not to be defended, but losing track of stars is. ;-) Star ratings are interesting and bring a lot of business to a restaurant, but one is generally better off with a good review without a "star rating:" than with a star or number rating without a review. It also helps to be familiar with the reviewer's taste and standards. Taste in food is really quite subjective.

            Link: http://www.worldtable.com