Gabriel's - Disappointing Dinner
Went there pre-Lincoln Center last night and really was not crazy about it. So hard to find a good restaurant in that area before a performance. We keep on trying new places and have not hit upon the favorite yet. Have been to Josies, Fiorello, Pincholine, Sushi Go and O'Neals in the nabe.
We had the beef carpaccio, special app to start which was fine, nothing special. The papparedelle with roasted quail and shitake mushrooms was completely bland and devoid of any taste. There were bones in the pasta and it was certainly, not worth the price. The one dessert we had was good, a scoop of blood orange sorbet and pomengrante sorbet. Blood orange was excellent. Tables were cramped and service was extremely fast. We did not even tell them we were pre-theater. 6 pm reservations and we were done by 7pm. Prices were not inexpensive and certainly not worth what we received. Will definitely not be back, the question is where to go before Lincoln Center?
I don't see Telepan on your list. We finally had a pre-concert dinner there for the first time last week. Though I did have an issue with a lamb dish that was not hot enough, overall, I thought the food was creative (without being way out) and delicious. Excellent service and exceedingly pleasing ambiance, i.e., understated elegant decor and very comfortable noise level.
Also not on your list is Compass. Though it's been a while since we've had a pre-performance dinner there, I've always found the cuisine to be excellent. Neil Annis has returned to run the kitchen, and that's definitely a positive. Good service and very attractive, comfortable atmospherics.