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erica Dec 19, 2007 03:28 AM

I read the posts here on Compass and was hoping to get a few more recommendations before I dine here this weekend....it will be my first visit to the place (selected by friends..)

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    rrems RE: erica Dec 19, 2007 04:39 AM

    Since it is your first visit, you may want to take advantage of the prix fixe. The cured salmon appetizer, the hake or hanger steak for main course, and either of the desserts are all very good and a great value. These are also available a la carte. On the regular menu I would suggest tuna carpaccio or foie gras to start, and for main courses the veal cheek, lamb, or rack of pork. All the other main courses are excellent too, so it really depends on what appeals to you most. Please post afterward and let us know how you liked it.

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      erica RE: rrems Dec 19, 2007 05:37 AM

      Thanks! Hopefully we will order a la carte (I will be a guest so will have to follow their lead, I guess..) (Actually I would be interested in people's views on this subject...if the hosts order the set meal, must the guest do the same??)

      The hanger steak and the hake do not sound very tempting!! But the foie gras and the rack of pork look good..also the stuffed skate (??)

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        rrems RE: erica Dec 19, 2007 06:41 AM

        I am a big fan of hake when it is prepared well, and I really enjoyed this one. Hanger steak is not a favorite of mine, but my partner loves it. I can't recall whether I have had the skate, but I am sure it will be good. I have never been disappointed in any of the food. I think if the hosts order the prix fixe I would be inclined to do the same, but that would also depend on your impression of whether they are watching the budget or just that they happen to prefer those dishes. In theory at least, guests should be able to order whatever they like.

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          erica RE: rrems Dec 19, 2007 08:38 AM

          Thanks, Rrems..I will report back after the weekend..

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            erica RE: erica Dec 23, 2007 04:19 AM

            Four of us had an early dinner here last night. The first plus is that you can actually hear your fellow diners talk! The restaurant was fairly crowded with what looked like an "older" local crowd. The space is kind of unusual...lots of seating areas on different levels. Decor is contemporary and again, ahem...unusual...reminded me of a futuristic airport lounge.

            Their wine list looks wonderful; they have citations from WS posted on the wall in the entrance. And on Sundays, wines are 50% off which sounds like a great reason to return on that night...

            Service is less than stellar but adequate and congenial. (Had to look around to find waiter to refill wine glasses, etc) No one ordered the prix fixe. I began with the foie gras torchon, a generous round of foie served with sliced figs and brioche toast. All drizzled with traditional balsamico. Very good!

            The lamb (three ways, of course!) was also very good. Excellent baby rib chop, a few slices of loin, and a somewhat dry (?) mound of braised shoulder meat piled on top of sauteed spinach and served with a quinoa/vegetable mixture that was very tasty.

            My partner enjoyed the rack of pork. The other couple ordered fish and were pleased.

            Desserts (we shared 3) were very good: A chocolate ricotta pie, a deconstructed key lime pie served with berry sorbet and fresh berries, and another one which I did not taste....

            If you want a quiet place in the neighborhood (or before Lincoln Center) I would say that Compass might be a good choice...

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      selizara RE: erica Dec 19, 2007 11:09 AM

      I second (third?) the hangar steak - it is excellently prepared at Compass.

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        rrems RE: erica Dec 23, 2007 07:48 AM

        Erica, I'm glad you enjoyed your dinner. I was unaware of the wine discount on Sunday. That's a very good thing to know about. I wonder if the imperfect service was due to it being Sunday, maybe they were short on staff? I have always found the service quite attentive.

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          RGR RE: rrems Dec 23, 2007 11:21 AM


          Based on the date stamp on Erica's post, she had dinner there last night (Saturday). Though we haven't been to Compass in quite some time, like you, we've always received very good service, but we've only dined there mid-week pre-Lincoln Center.

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            erica RE: RGR Dec 23, 2007 11:45 AM

            Yes, it was last night..Saturday. I am not saying the service was really bad..just not as professional or polished as at some other places with those price points..never came to ask how we enjoyed the meal, had to ask for the wine to be poured, things like that. I am not really a stickler for things like that but mentioned it here only to cover the topic as I know some might care more than I would...overall a nice place. Not sure what the bill was because we were guests...

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              G3B RE: erica Dec 23, 2007 12:18 PM

              I had dinner earlier this month and found service to be fine. We were a little late for our 5:30pm reservation and had a 7pm curtain. I let the waiter know when we ordered and he got us out on time without rushing. I was happy with the food, we had the chilean seabass and one of the highlights was the trio of sorbets for dessert. The pear and chocolate sorbet were one of the best I ever had. The banana saffron was interesting but not to my liking. My friend enjoyed it though. Since we were rushing we did not have the prix fixe, look forward to trying that next time since it seems like a bargain. Also the muffin that I had the next day was scrumptious, I almost want to go back just to get another one. It was so good.

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                erica RE: G3B Dec 24, 2007 03:27 AM

                I forgot to mention the muffins. I heard raves from the person who ate both mine and his the next morning!!!

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                  RGR RE: erica Dec 24, 2007 05:26 AM

                  The bread basket at Compass has always contained very delicious selections, and they have always provided breakfast goodie parting gifts, e.g., muffins, scones, etc., that are truly fabulous.

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          LolaNYC RE: erica Dec 23, 2007 02:33 PM

          I ate there recently. Service was very good. If I ate there again, I'd sit in the bar area. I like the atmosphere better.
          Had the beet salad and the skate, both good.

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