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We ate at Meme for the first time Saturday night. When we arrived at 6 PM (we're early eaters) there were already several tables filled.

One change they've made for the better is the relocation of the entrance from the corner of Spruce & 22nd to the rear of the restaurant on 22nd St -- keeps the arctic winds from blowing through the room.

The menu is limited but there is something for everyone on it, I think. For apps I chose the sizzling mussels and my spouse had the scallops with butternut squash - we asked them to hold the bacon as we have to avoid sodium as much as possible. The scallops were perfectly cooked and delicious. The mussels were different from anything I've ever had -- and I've had a lot of mussels in a pretty long life, to date. They were out of their shells and served sizzling hot in a heavy metal open casserold -- very tasty.

My husband ordered the catch of the day, tilefish, and I had the chef's specialty, Moroccan lamb with apricots. The tilefish was excellent and I liked the lamb but thought it could have been a little tastier.

For dessert my husband had an off-menu special, baked Fuji apple with maple ice cream and I had the brown butter cake with pumpkin ice cream. Both were very good but the apple was really special.

We had loved his food when he was at Restaurant M in the Washington Square area, but that was much more elegant than this. These dishes are good but not as "haute" as at M.

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