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Degustation for Valentine's Day?

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Kanger Jan 14, 2008 07:49 AM

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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    sam1 RE: Kanger Jan 14, 2008 08:06 AM

    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 food...id 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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      wanderluster RE: sam1 Jan 14, 2008 08:12 AM

      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. Miss Needle RE: Kanger Jan 14, 2008 08:19 AM

      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.

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        erikka RE: Kanger Jan 14, 2008 09:02 AM

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

        1. financialdistrictresident RE: Kanger Jan 14, 2008 10:41 AM

          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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            Kanger RE: financialdistrictresident Jan 14, 2008 11:13 AM

            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 ...

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              financialdistrictresident RE: Kanger Jan 14, 2008 11:22 AM

              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.

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                Miss Needle RE: financialdistrictresident Jan 14, 2008 12:07 PM

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

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                  financialdistrictresident RE: Miss Needle Jan 14, 2008 12:14 PM

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

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