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Review - Park Avenue Cafe (100 E. 63Rd St, 212 644 1900)

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Review - Park Avenue Cafe (100 E. 63Rd St, 212 644 1900)
April 19, 2007

We had a small group dinner here last night and they gave us a great circular corner table in the back of the restaurant. I've always loved group dinners around big circular tables - it is much easier to speak to everyone.

They started by bringing us great baskets of bread (thin sticks, cornbread, and seeded rolls) while we figured out what to order. I started with the foie gras ($16), which was a pretty large slab/forchon with herbs on top. It came with ginger toast. Tasty and fatty; I ate all of it after passing some around.

My main course was the roasted loin of lamb ($39) which came with polenta and some olive garnish. It was a large piece and was tasty, but not transcendant. It's better at Aquavit in my opinion. We also had sides ($9 each) of french fries, mashed potatoes, asparagus and sauteed mushrooms. All of those were spectacular, in some ways better than the entrees in most folks opinions.

I was stuffed at this point, so I passed on dessert but most of the others went with the chocolate cube which was visually appealing.

This place has been around for a while, and attracts a staid blue hair crowd, but its actually quite good. A nice choice for reliable high end dining in that part of the UES, without much problem in getting a table. For wine enthusiasts, they may waive corkage if you bring a good bottle. Their stemware is excellent as well. Don't look at that as a money saving option though - this place will still be a rather expensive dinner.

I'll be back.

AKR

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  1. Never been there but you might save some money with their pay your age deal after 8:30. This deal might make it more expensive for the regular crowd, though...

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    1. re: ow77

      The ceiling on the pay-your-age deal is $65.

    2. AKR-

      I found it a bit overpriced, although a nice place for BYO. I will pay a premium for that.

      The chocolate cube looked better than it tasted.