Has anyone been? My husband and I are thinking about going for lunch sometime...worth the drive from the Jersey Shore?
I haven't been since just after they opened, but I enjoyed it. I would say that they do well what they set out to do, showcase regional ingredients in well-executed dishes. It's not necessarily an innovative place or anything that will knock your socks off. If you happen to be in town, it's a good choice, but I wouldn't make a special trip for it. There are plenty of other restaurants in town that are worth that trip.
I completely agree with the post above. It's definitely a good restaurant with some great fish dishes. But, I didn't think it's a great restaurant. My husband and I enjoyed our 2 entrees but were not impressed with our appetizer and dessert. I just think there are better restaurants out there. It's pricey also... I did enjoy my glass of wine at dinner and it was fun having a martini while my husband and I sat at the bar before dinner.
Hm. I actually think the dessert is great at 10 Arts, fund and better than the entrees.
In any case, I think urbanfabric has the right of it - a good place that does what it claims but there's nothing particularly exciting there. Good food but not mindblowing food, which is about how I felt Jen's vibe was on Top Chef - she executes and is creative within the box but she's not that interested in leaning toward being completely innovative and out of the box (which is about how I'd describe 10 Arts as well).
I wouldn't travel for it, but I think I get my money's worth at 10 Arts.
I've eaten at 10 Arts a couple of times and was underwhelmed. Overall, food was just good. At its prices, I expected more.
If you're travelling from the Jersey Shore and are looking for your fill of Eric Ripert, why not go to Le Bernardin in NYC instead? I ate there a few weeks ago and had a fantastic meal for a $110 prix fixe. Unfortunately, Ripert's skill with fish is not evident at 10 Arts.
Now I'm somewhat disappointed (and I haven't left the house)! ;)
Have to admit that I'm a top chef dork and wanted to go to Jen's place...but if it's not that exciting...
as for going to Le Bernardin in NYC - I WOULD LOVE TO...but my husband HATES fish;) so...I've had to cross it off of my list.
I haven't been, but I have several friends who have gone recently. Every one of them saw Jen, so if that's your main motivation, it would be a successful trip. The reports back all make it sound like the bar is the place to be, both for the food and the vibe. I don't know if it's worth the trip, but my friends did all really enjoy it.
Le Bernadin might be the best meal we've ever had. 10 Arts is very good. The roast chicken with mashed potatoes and a nice red burg was insanely good.