Anjou is one of those consistent places I fall back on - for a quiet dinner with relatives I haven't seen in a while - for a 6 pm dinner before the theater..when I want grilled calves liver...etc
It's quiet, with good unobtrusive service and they don't rush you.
Favorite on the menu
the Tournedos of Grilled Salmon and Tuna with Foie Gras
Although not earth shattering, Anjou is always excellent, fairly priced with great service. They serve excellent seafood cassoulet and fish with mustard sauce. I have a hard time saying no to the Tarte Tatin. I've been going there since it was Janot's and Mr. Janot dragged me in off the sidewalk while I was reading the menu.
Just got back from lunch there today, and we thought it was pretty good. Nothing earth-shaking, but good value for money in the downtown area.
M had the warm prawn and lobster salad with artichokes and grapefruit. Very nice--delicious dressing, with just the right amount of acidity. ($16, I think.) I had the sauteed calf's liver with smoked bacon, onion confit, and fries ($19, I think)--a shade more cooked than the rare I'd like, but I'd certainly order it again. We shared the house specialty for dessert, cold poached Anjou pears with a warm cointreau sabayon.
The place is small, with a distinctly French personality, professional service. A convenient place to come solo, as there were a few lone diners comfortably enjoying their lunches.
I think it's a very good place to go, especially for lunch near Union Square. They have "Express Lunches" for $16: soup or salad with a light main course.