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Oct 26, 2007 01:00 PM

Anyone been to Compass recently?

I am hesitating to go back to Compass since the departure of chef John Fraser. Has anyone noticed a change in quality since the former chef has returned?

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  1. I will be there Saturday night. I'll be sure to let you know how I think it compares (I have had dinner there probably a dozen times in the last year or so.)

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    1. re: selizara

      thanks so much. it will be great to get your opinion.

      1. re: rrems

        My parents and I dined on Saturday at around 5:45 (we had to get home in time to watch the Red Sox beat the Rockies!) Our waiter pleasantly asked us if we were making a curtain (no, but we hoped Daisuke would be making multiple curtain calls.)

        We all did the prix fixe menu. My mom and I had the smoked salmon appetizer, which was fine but nothing special. My dad had the cauliflower soup, which he at first thought was quite bland but once he stirred it around and incorporated all of the other things they added, he said it was quite nice.

        All of us had the hangar steak as an entree, and it was super. Beautifully cooked, great saucing, and the roasted potatoes had the added surprise bite of some salty olives that made them great. There are always entrees on the regular menu that look enticing, but you just can't beat the value of the $35 prix fixe there. Another development is that they have begun to list wine pairings on the menu with the prix fixe. The rioja paired with the hangar steak was good and also a great value ($9/glass but we got the bottle for $30.)

        Was it the best meal I have had at Compass? No. Was it a solidly good meal? Definitely.

        1. re: selizara

          I've wanted to try but have heard (even on this board) that the crowd tends to skew towards the, um, er, elderly? Perhaps that is the pre-opera crowd?

          Did you notice that? Hmm, probably yes at 5.45 on a Saturday, but stil curious.

          SOX WIN WAS GREAT!!

          1. re: chow_gal

            You are correct that the pre-opera/symphony crowd is generally older. I think it gets younger in the later evenings (and especially at the wine bar) but it _is_ the Upper West Side we're talking about.

            I'm 26 and do generally feel a bit young there, but not uncomfortable enough that I wouldn't go. Honestly, I already feel like I don't belong in the nabe, so it's not that much different from anywhere else.

            HOORAY SOX!

    2. i was there last night - i have never been there before so i can't speak for the quality change.
      i enjoyed the meal a lot. was in my top 10 or anything but very enjoyable pretty affordable meal.
      i also really enjoyed the wine - it was great for the value.

      1. I agree with slewlew. Four of us had dinner there Wed. evening and the food and service were very good, excellent value for the money. It also felt more professionally run than most restaurants on the UWS. The duck and foie gras entree was delicious. The extras such as the amuses bouches, petits fours and muffins to take home for next dsy breakfast were lovely touches. Added bonus: Sitting one table away from Alan Alda!

        1. Though John Fraser has departed, the kitchen is once again in the very capable hands of Neil Annis, who was executive chef there for several years. As the others have pointed out, his cuisine is delicious. So, although I have not been back since his return, I would have no qualms about recommending Compass.

          1. Thanks, everyone. I will plan to go back.