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Feb 15, 2008 06:57 AM

Restaurant Eve Tonight

Hi all. So tonight, the gf and I are finally going to Restaurant Eve, sitting in the tasting room. Can anyone make some recommendations? Should we do the 5 or 9 course tasting? Are we better off just ordering from the bistro dinner menu? Our reservations are at 9:30 so we will likely get there early for a drink. Anyone have cocktail recs? I know they are well known for doing some innovative things in that department. Any help you can give is appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. All the cocktails are so good the sweet basil is good, the foam ones are good, if you like bourbon the bourbon with maple syrup is really good. There really isn't a Todd Thrasher cocktail I haven't liked, which I cannot say for a ton of other places. Order something you normally wouldn't is my only suggestion and get different ones because you will want to try each others.

    1. We were there recently and did the 9-course menu. The food was fabulous, but we were there almost 4 hours. Because your reservation is later (ours was at 7), they may speed up the service... And honestly, there were a few glitches in our course delivery, so the duration may have been a one-time problem.

      1. I've got a pretty hearty appetite and I barely made it through the 9-course. For most people, the 5 course would be meal enough, but everyone should try the 9. On a Friday/Saturday night though, the service might be a little slower than you're used to. Plan accordingly.

        There's no such thing as a bad Todd Thrasher cocktail. I prefer the pickle martini, but I'm partial to pickles. The new age gibson is clean and strong. The tomato water bloody mary is a great take on a classic. You really can't go wrong with anything.

        The "OOO" soup is delicious (onion, oyster, osestra caviar) along with anything that's been braised. If you like sweetbreads, Eve's is first class. And if you don't like sweebreads, theirs will make you love sweetbreads.

        1. Had a 9:30 reservation and it was well after midnight before we got out of the tasting room, with the 5 courses. The service was surprisingly bad -- I was thinking the bistro might have been a better bet. But so many people love it so much, this was just one night and it was over the holidays, so they might not have had the regular staff on? No complaints about the food (well, maybe a couple of small ones), but the servers were very awkward and it was such a long wait between courses, and since it's a tasting menu, you finish a course in a few minutes and then sit there and sit there.... (again, just one experience).

          The cocktails were wonderful, the highlight of the evening. They're seasonal, so might not be serving some that have been recommended.

          1. The five-course meal is more than enough, especially starting at 9:30. If you are in the tasting room, the bistro menu is unavailable.

            13 Replies
            1. re: Dakota Guy

              We're going to Eve on Saturday night. 9 course meal taking 3 hours would be unacceptable. Is this still the norm?

              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                If you didn't like Komi, what makes you think you'll like Eve?

                1. re: Pappy

                  I never said I didn't like Komi. There are certain dishes I didn't like at Komi but overall I said their food is better than CityZen & Citronelle. I do have a discriminating palate and I expect that I will not like every dish at Eve either.

                2. re: Ericandblueboy

                  What time Saturday? My experience has been that the later you get there, the longer it takes. I did the 9 course in around 2 hours, but I got there at 6. I did the 5 course around 8pm and it took just as long. YMMV.

                  1. re: Ericandblueboy

                    Patrons order either five courses or nine courses depending on their own preferences, not the preferences of the world wide web. If you already know that the nine course experience is unacceptable, then obviously you would want to go with the five course menu. Which is lovely by the way.

                    Two hours for a five course meal at the Tasting Room is a nice leisurely pace. Don't forget that there may be other small "bites" coming your way, plus perhaps a cocktail before and coffee and drinks later.

                    Having just survived 2.5 hours sitting in the movie theater watching one of this summer's big action blockbusters, I think two hours at Restaurant Eve on a Saturday evening is perfectly acceptable and highly civilized.

                    1. re: Ericandblueboy

                      What I'm hearing is that you're looking for a 9 course tasting meal from Eve in under 2 hours on a Saturday night, one of their busiest nights. My experience has been that that is not the norm. You may be able to pull it off before 7pm. You may be able to get that on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

                      I usually budget 2.5-3 hours for the 9 course and have had no issues. I relax with a cocktail, order a few glasses of wine, enjoy the company, chat with the servers. If Todd Thrasher's in, I have him recommend a drink.

                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                        eat whatever they have that's pork!

                        1. re: 561723

                          Definitely. I've never gone wrong with any of their braises, pork belly, or otherwise. Don't know why people bother ordering a steak at Eve, then complain about it and try and get them to take it off the bill. It's not a steakhouse.

                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                            What would you order off the sample 5 course menu? I'm assuming that there are some dishes that are never off the menu, such as the foie gras and poached lobster?

                            1. re: Ericandblueboy

                              Wanted to resurrect this thread.

                              I am going to RE tonight. Planning on doing the 5 course tasting menu. Would anyone recommend doing the wine pairings as well?


                              1. re: dbound

                                Yes -- absolutely. And I'd stick to the 5. I found the 9 to be too much food the last time I was there. Excellent meal, though. And if you can start or end with a drink at the PX, it's just about a perfect evening.

                                1. re: dbound

                                  The sommalier's are well trained under Todd Thrasher's tutelage. You couldn't be in better hands, pairing wines to dishes. Just tell them what you don't like, what you do, and they'll pick something excellent.