We are trying to make our Christmas Eve.dining decision, and are leaning toward either Kitchen or Cinquecento. (We were also considering Forum, but I'm not sure how cozy the space is). There will be five of us, with one vegetarian who does not like goat cheese.
We;ve been to Cinquecento a few times, but none of us has eaten at Kitchen. Has anyone been in the past few months?
Also, if you think that Forum would be a good choice, I'm open to hearing experiences.
I ate at Kitchen about 3 months ago, for the first time. It was just OK. I just thought it was very expensive and nothing I ate particularly stood out as special. The atmosphere and service were excellent, though. It's not terribly noisy, and I was able to have a conversation with my dinner companion which was good.
Overall, I am not planning to rush back any time soon.
Tried Kitchen a couple of months ago and enjoyed it. Very cool concept in my opinion.
The food wasn't spectacular but everything we sampled was well prepared (with the highlight being a mushroom under glass dish; crispy duck was also very good). Cocktails were nicely done. (A couple of cool old school tiki drinks on the list.)
Service was attentive. Atmosphere, decent. It was a Saturday night and the place was only half full so it was certainly quiet enough to talk -- I can't speak for the room when it's packed.
All in all, a good experience. I would certainly not hesitate to return, but like mwk I wouldn't rush back. That said, the feast of seven fishes might be an interesting excuse to go... I'd bet they would do a very good job with something like that.
I'm not sure why anyone would ever eat at forum. the food is mediocre at best and the service is lackluster.
I think kitchen is a nice intimate space-- perfect for Xmas eve and a bonus with 7fishes.
Thanks so much, everyone, for the pros and cons. It sounds like the intimate space and attentive service make Kitchen a good choice for Christmas Eve. I agree that the menu theme doesn't sounds super exciting, but it should offer something for everyone.
I sent an email to the restaurant asking if the whole table has to do the Feast of the Seven Fishes, or if it's possible for just a couple of diners to do so. They are offering the full menu also.
I'll report back after our night out!