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Has anyone been to Off-Vine for dinner?

thegingerbreadgirl Dec 12, 2007 10:58 AM

I've only been for lunch, and was wondering what the vibe was like at night-time. It seems like a little country kitchen-ish inside, so I wasn't sure what to expect.... thoughts?

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  1. TBird RE: thegingerbreadgirl Dec 12, 2007 11:01 AM

    it's been years, but it's very quaint and intimate. i don't remember dis-liking(or liking, for that matter) the food.

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      WildSwede RE: TBird Dec 13, 2007 09:32 AM

      Same for me. Last time about 4 years ago (we go before a show at the Pantages). Food was eh to good, but they do have those dessert souffles which are awesome.

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      carter RE: thegingerbreadgirl Dec 12, 2007 07:40 PM

      There are probably 20 or so reports on Off Vine for dinner, so check the search function on this board and read what others have already said about the place - generally ok, inconsistent would summarize my rememberings. Folksy, yes, but my feelings are not in a good way, yet ymmv!

      1. PinotPlease RE: thegingerbreadgirl Dec 19, 2007 03:50 PM

        Just went a couple weeks ago. They were cool with us bringing in wine. Relatively low corkage. They seemed to be reaching a bit with the sauce/meat pairings which made ordering into one of those..."I want the lamb but I don't want chipotle mojo pineapple sauce..." kind of a thing. Service was nice, cozy as always and good soups. I'd say go for it if you don't want a whole Hollywood scene, but Bowery and the one next to it who's name I can't recall (is it Grace?) are also quite good too. I think the Hungry Cat is uncomfortable, over rated, over priced with bad service. Cheers!

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          imho RE: thegingerbreadgirl Dec 19, 2007 04:06 PM

          I haven't been for a few years, but it was cozy and comfortable when I went. I agree with most posters here that the food was pretty good but nothing spectacular. I do remember the waitstaff being friendly and accommodating which always helps the experience. You could also try Magnolia a block or so away which my friends have said is really good... but a little more scene-y.

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            hpcat RE: thegingerbreadgirl Dec 19, 2007 04:37 PM

            I was also there a couple of weeks ago and the food was fine. Maybe not the choices I would make (I didn't choose the place) but I enjoyed the meal. I shared the salad with spinach, goat cheese, walnuts, in vinagrette and it was good, if a little heavy on the vinagrette. I had the chicken crusted in pecans with a pear sauce. A bit too complicated for me, but the combination tasted OK. The accompanying carrots were perfectly cooked and the garlic mashed potatoes were fine. We had the chocolate souffle for dessert, which comes with creme anglais and a vanilla sauce on the side. Suprisingly not too heavy or sweet. The restaurant was packed and noisy but we were sitting on the side so it wasn't too bad. I like the house feeling, but I think that Larchmont Grill has better food and a nicer atmosphere for comparable prices.

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