Avenue (Columbus & 85th)
I read one good review of Avenue in Chowhound. Thinking of taking my mom, sister and brother-in-law there. We usually go down to Chelsea to eat because we have not found good mid-to-expensive restaurants on the UWS. They are fond of French food, too. Has anyone been to Avenue recently? Did you like it? Thanks in advance for your input.
Avenue is one of my favorites for dinner and for weekend breakfast/brunch. The food is really great. I never seem to have to make a reservation and can still get a table. The people who work there are very friendly. My only complaint is that the tables are a little too close for comfort and the place gets extremely loud. The energy is very high.
Can't comment on Avenue, but if you want a terrific UWS restaurant, check out my husband's place, La Grolla, at 413 Amsterdam (at 80th Street). The food is really outstanding -- not French -- but from the Val d'Ostan region of Italy and very authentic and friendly. Give it a try!! You can check out the review in the NY Times, where Mr. Grimes gave it one star.
I'm very fond of Avenue.
Scott Campbell makes a great crab cake. His devils on horseback (scallops wrapped in bacon) are also terrific. And, his fried calamari is tender and completely greaseless.
As entrees, roasted duck is always a safe bet and his lamb shank is also very good. On a more seasonal note, his fish dishes are also very reliable. Of course, the steak frites is quite good, as well.