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Sep 9, 2006 12:12 AM

360 VAN BRUNT :: Is it really good? Worth the trip?

We have been thinking about trying 360 VAN BRUNT. How is the food? Service?

It seems like a good value Prix Fixe at $25.

Any tips will be appreciated.

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  1. one of the best deals around. the menu changes daily (prix fixe portion) and has been great each time I've gone (have been 4 or 5 times). a bit of an attitude from the owner, but not enough so to keep you away.

    1. One of my favorite restaurants. We've probably been ten times or so over the past few years. The wine list is incredibly esoteric and somewhat hard to decipher -- I usually ask for a rec and haven't been disappointed. They are passionate about their food and wine - if you ask what's best, they'll give you an honest appraisal, and steer you in the right direction. I think you can get around the service issues by asking for recs and being somewhat deferential. As for what's best, the last time we were there, they were offering pork served three ways, and it was one of the better dishes i've ever had there. Also, the chicken is always a safe bet. As a general rule, I don't order chicken in restaurants, but I make an exception here. They use Clonshee Farms chicken, which is just a superior product to begin with, and the preparation (which is constantly evolving) is usually pretty interesting.

      1. I agree that it's worth the trip. I was just there this weekend and we had a delicious meal. The gnocchi with lamb ragu appetizer was especially tasty and complex. We were also confused by the wine list (mostly obscure labels), but were offered a great recommendation when we asked.

        The desserts were a little boring, but at $25 for 3 courses, it's a good deal.

        We didn't experience any "attitude" at all -- we found the staff very friendly and pleasant.

        1. 360 seems to get better with age. I've been there twice in the last 2 months and dinner was miles better than when it first opened in my opinion. I had an amazing braised berkshire pork entree last time that I can't stop thinking about. The wine list is amazing and I always get excellent recommendations from the waiter.

          1. The food is good, especially at that low price. The ambiance is definitely lacking.

            If the prices weren't so low, I wouldn't think it was worth a trip.

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            1. re: Fleur

              Lacking how?
              It's a pleasant, dimly lit, quiet room with a knowedgable staff.

              1. re: EJC

                The food is actually quite good, but the room is kind of dank and dark. The presence of crying infants and toddlers at a late hour on a few visits is another turn off.