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May 11, 2008 07:18 AM

One if by land two if by sea

Was the biggest let down in years.
Anyone that calls this rude and “common” place romantic should go back to school and learn what the word Romantic means .
I found it to be just another rude restaurant lacking good service.

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  1. Was the food any good? Had read one recent report that was marginally positive about it since the new chef started. Not inclined to go myself, but people do seem to ask about it because it is thought of as being romantic.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Only fair, I wouldn't write home about it

    2. Not to say we told you so but...did you do a search on chowhound before going?

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      1. re: a_and_w

        Oh, I knew this, I haven't been there in years, I just wanted to warn everyone else.

        But thanks

        1. re: the queen

          The place is pretty and we've been waiting many years to hear it is worth returning to. Darn shame. Any way we can storm it, torches in hand, wipe out the current management and install some decent help?

          1. re: addictedtolunch

            It's such a charming space that it is a shame...

            We went just for drinks one sunday night and were happy. Cocktails are expensive ($12), but we got a couch by the fireplace near the bar and it was pretty quiet and relaxing. The bar menu looked temping, but we didn't try anything other than the free marcona almonds on the table.

      2. We had guests in from out of town who had heard great things (likely from an earlier era) and were quite keen to try the place. We hadn't the heart to steer them elsewhere and agreed to go with them. We happened to go when they were doing a special five course $55 tasting menu affiliated with some Zagats promo and I must say I was quite pleasantly surprised. Based on the comments I had read here I was expecting the worst. They had just finished a rennovation and we were seated on the ground floor towards the back next to a window with a beautiful view into the backyard. I had never eaten there before so I can't speak to whether the rennovation was an improvement

        I agree that service was inconsistent (the sommelier was out to lunch, we poured our own wine and had to ask a few times for water) but not much worse then you find in a lot of manhattan restaurants. The kitchen paced the courses well and there were several that I thought were really delicious, including an apple cheddar soup, a perfectly cooked shrimp appetizer, and a very interesting take on beef wellington. Each piece came cooked en croute in its own pastry with a rich but delicious foie gras sabayon. What I loved was that when I cut into it my beef was rare and tender, just the way I like it. It was the first time I'd had wellington that wasn't dry and overdone by my standards.

        In the end I had to give them credit for pleasantly exceeding my (albeit managed) expectations. I am not sure that the normal menu with fewer courses would warrant the price tag that they charge but could see myself returning to the bar area and ordering one of those wellingtons on a cold day.