Had dinner at Parkside last night. I thought it was very good. The waiter was new and had to refer to some of his notes on the dishes, but service was very friendly. Weds seem to be half price oysters and champagne. So I thought that was a very good deal. Our table of 3 order two Oyster platters to start with. Each of them came a dozen of assorted oysters from around the country which I thought was great. I had the NY Strip, which was pre sliced upon serving. I thought that was a little odd. Flavor was good. Others at the table had Lamb, and another had the Pork loin. Flavors were excellent, and the dishes were a little on the medium small range. We had several bottles of wine and thought the selection was affordable. After dinner, the cheese tray was top notch. We also enjoyed the brownie as well.
Overall we really enjoyed the dinner. They had several creative looking dishes on the menu that I would like to try on my next visit.
I went opening week (or the week after?). The food was pretty good, though mixed. We had a butternut squash bisque that was excellent (and I don't like butternut squash), and they had a couple of interesting entrees, including skate with capers and currants and some sort of fish with olives which I liked (surprisingly, as I don't like olives either). They also had a good beef rib with cilantro appetizer. If you like raw they do have quite a few raw things. We had the small raw sampler, but the only things on it I liked were the lobster and crab (but I'm not a big raw fan).
Their gnocchi was overcooked though, and their mushroom appetizer was mostly wood ears.
The main problem with them I think is portion sizes for the entrees, they were tiny, almost Uchi-sized, so if you have any appetite at all you end up spending a lot of money even though at first glance they seem reasonably priced.