Any recent Anjou visits?
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.
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.
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