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Jan 17, 2009 03:40 PM

What's the plan for restaurant week?

Anyone have their plans in place?

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  1. have reservations at town, olana, and le cirque.

    am most optimistic about olana since their $35 prix fixe is supposed to be extremely solid all the time. most apprehensive about le cirque.

    what do other people have in place?

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    1. re: vatl619

      I've done RW at Town a few times and it has always been great. I have not heard good things about RW at le Cirque and will be interested to hear about your experience. One friend told me that the tables were only in the cafe area and that there was a sort of promo video playing during the meal. Also that the food was very skimpy, not interesting choices, and mediocre quality...but plenty of attitude.

      1. re: City Kid

        Wow, that didn't happen to us at all. We had a lovely, well prepared meal in the main restaurant area. The wait staff was less than friendly, but they're getting less than 50% of their usual tip -- to be expected.

        1. re: lawstud

          I don't agree that you should expect less than professional service. For one thing, I don't tip strictly on the RW menu amount because I don't think staff should be shortchanged. For another, RW is an introduction to new customers so restaurants that view it as an opportunity to put their best foot and food forward (a la Danny Meyer) are smart, and many do!

          1. re: City Kid

            Guess the much praised Applewood doesnt follow that model. Our first meal there was brooklyn's RW, and it was so off we never returned. Waitstaff even signed to us, at the table , 'we're just not equipped to do this kind of thing." Sheesh!

            1. re: bklynbiker

              funny, I had a great RW meal at Applewood, so good I was actually shocked it was RW.

              1. re: ginsbera

                This year or in the past? Just wondering. Ours was about 3 years ago. Actually it was "Brooklyn RW," now that I think about it...

      2. re: vatl619

        I had a RW dinner at Le Cirque last fall. Sitting in the cafe area felt a bit like exile, but service was courteous and attentive. While not a negative experience, portions were fairly minuscule and not very imaginative. Overall, a lukewarm experience.

      3. I have reservations at Park Avenue Winter, Perry St and the Modern. I've been to the Modern before but not to the first two. I can't wait!

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        1. re: StellaArtois

          Are you doing lunch or dinner? How was The Modern? I see that they're only doing dinner.

        2. We're going to The Modern and Convivio, both for dinner. Never been to either, very excited. I am curious, for those that have been to The Modern for RW, how's the menu?

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          1. re: ShanDeez

            I did the Modern Bar room for RW this past summer and it was wonderful. They offered more than three choices per course and the food and service were both outstanding. ! I'll never stop thinking about the blue cheese flan I had with my steak - it was slammin'.
            Here are some photos!

            1. re: bosun

              I ordered the steak with blue cheese flan, as well, last RW. I've got to agree -- it was amazing! One of the best RW experiences I've had.

            2. re: ShanDeez

              Just got back from lunch at Convivio. The dishes I really wanted to try weren't on the RW menu, unfortunately (I was hoping for the tortelli amatrice!), but what I did have - duck sausage with lentils, a bite of my friend's pane cotta soup, orichette, and cannolli - was excellent. I'd absolutely reccommend it.

              1. re: Emmmily

                I went to the Bar Room at the Modern last night. I love that so many of their signature dishes (duck breast, tarte flambee, arctic char tartare, alsatian sausage, etc.) are on the RW menu. I've dined at the Bar Room several times, so it makes it doubly difficult to choose from old favorites vs. trying new dishes.

                I chose to start with the arctic char tartare because I love the contrast of the fresh micro basil, briny caviar, and succulent, fatty fish, whereas my fiance went with his 2nd favorite thing there of all time, the duck breast. The duck breast was particularly fatty (in a good way) last night, the apples were tart and crunchy, and the truffled pistachio dipping sauce was as usual, divine. I had to restrain myself from dipping some of the warm rolls into it!

                Our mains were also quite good but slightly less impressive than the appetizers. He had the short ribs which were kind of a standard preparation but delicious nonetheless and very tender (he mopped the plate clean). I loved my cavatelli of snails, pancetta, and mushrooms, in a wonderful cream sauce with just a bit of thinly sliced scallion on top for contrast. The snails were perfectly cooked and some of the most tender I've ever had (I hate when they are rubbery). This was excellent.

                For dessert, I chose the pistachio dome for dessert, which was good, but the pistachio ice cream on the plate stole the show. They were also kind enough to let us order some of their hot, fluffy beignets for a $10 supplement even though they weren't on the menu. I never can get enough of the caramel sauce, mango chutney, or maple ice cream they provide with them. (When you dine at the Bar Room they present you a modified version of their regular menu that has been edited for RW, there is no regular menu to choose from.)

              2. re: ShanDeez

                I did The Modern last night, it was great. They have 10 options each for the 1st and 2nd courses, and 7 options for dessert. Most of these dishes are off their regular menu.

                Course One: Upside Down Tuna Tarte was fresh and crisp, with a subtly sweet crunchy top. The Grilled Shrimp was okay (bf's dish) but I'd go with something more inventive on the menu. I would have liked to try the Duck Breast or the Tarte Flambee.

                Course Two: Swordfish was accompanied by an "eggplant caviar" which added a nice acidity, the tomatoes were also good, but I would probably go with something less predictable. The bf had the Short Rib Pot au Feu which was also mediocre, cooked well with a salt crust and some root vegetables but just nothing you haven't tasted before. If I had a second time, I would probably try the Pork Belly or Duck Confit.

                Dessert: Both the cheesecake and the apple streudel were delicious. I would definitely do either of those again they were really very good.

                1. re: kimsy

                  I did RW last night at the Bar Room and those exact dishes were in the menu.

                  Did you dine at the Modern?

              3. My husband and I went to Convivio for dinner last night, but we ended up ordering from the regular prix fixe menu because it looked more interesting (I posted my review in a separate thread). Am also going to i Trulli for lunch and North Square for dinner.

                1. I am going to check out Quality Meats b/c I haven't tried it yet. I might even end up ordering off of the regular menu - that QM 2lb lobster roll has been calling to me.

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                  1. re: bosun

                    By the way, I got the QM RW menu:


                    Caesar Salad
                    Butternut Squash Soup
                    Steak Tartare
                    Seared Diver Scallops, Grapes, Candied Pecans


                    Mediterranean Salad with Seared Yellowfin Tuna
                    Hanger Steak with Brandied Cherry Sauce
                    Open Faced Shrimp Salad Sandwich
                    Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Apricots


                    Choice of ice cream (5 diff flavors)
                    Orance Creamsicle Sherbet
                    Chocolate Rum Raisin
                    Pomegranate Pear Sorbet
                    Double Fudge Mint Chip

                    Looks good to me!!

                    1. re: bosun

                      I went yesterday. Got the scallops, which were ok, not great, and a very small serving. Others in my party got the Steak Tartare, which was excellent. Large serving, quality meat (no pun intended), and served nicely with mix-ins on the side so you can make it fit your taste. We all got the hanger steak. It was a relatively small portion, but big enough, and cooked to a true medium rare, but we all agreed the sauce was a bit sweet for our tastes. The ribs looked great as they passed by on their way to another table, wish I had ordered them. The ice cream was good, and a large portion as well. All in all, I thought it was one of the better Restaurant Week meals I've had and I definitely left full.