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Jan 14, 2008 07:49 AM

Degustation for Valentine's Day?

I'm planning to take my SO there for Valentine's Day ... is that a good idea? I've never been, but from what I've heard, it sounds like a nice, intimate place--and I'm fine with counter seating.

Also, would you recommend the tasting menu, or a la carte?

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  1. strangely enough, the place works for dates...even with the counter seating...i had a date there and we had a great time and barely heard other people's conversations next to us.

    im hit or miss on the go with a la carte. i think we shared 9 plates between the two of us and were pretty stuffed by the end. they have a great bottle of priorat.

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    1. re: sam1

      I found Degustation really romantic. I think the size and the setup makes it feel really unique. Just ask for a spot near the back so you're not getting blasted by cold air.
      I also went a la carte. I think we shared about 6 dishes and we'e comfortably full by the end. If they still have the cheesesteak, by all means get it. So tasty.

    2. It's definitely a romantic and intimate place -- perfect for dates. They're experimenting with a 10-course tasting meal. I would choose that one. There are items that aren't on the regular menu. We also received a few extra courses with our meal that the chef prepared because he thought we would enjoy it.

      1. Yes, absolutely! In fact, I might just steal the idea.

        1. There's only 16 or so seats so you might want to make a reservation right away . . . especially since Degustation's chef had a nice write-up in this month's Food & Wine. p.s. You might want to do a search of this site there are a lot of posts.

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          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            Yup, made my reservation this AM! Thanks for the tip--I did check out some previous posts, but figured I'd resurrect the place on the boards. Am getting excited ...

            1. re: Kanger

              Enjoy! We really enjoyed our meals there last year. One of us got the tasting, one ordered ala carte. Unless things have changed, dessert is not their forte.

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                I believe they have new rules. All members of a party need to do the tasting now.

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  I don't like rules . . . that's one that's especially hard for non-red meat eaters like me! Thanks, Miss Needle.