Montreal Restaurant Recommendations for NY-ers
My wife and I will be visiting Montral next Friday and Saturday night, and would welcome any recommendations for Montral restaurants where the emphasis is on fresh ingredients imaginatively prepared, attentive but not hovering service, relaxed atmosphere (not haute cusine stiff, but not t-shirts and jeans, either). In NY, our favorites are Gramercy Tavern, Danielle, Nobu, Iso, and Roy's (which I am afraid perished in the World Trade Center attack). Price up to US$200 per couple, everything included, is OK. Toque seems to be the sort of place we would like, but it need not be that cutting edge-- we love bistro food, too.
Thanks for any suggestions, and we are looking forward to visitng your fair city.
I'm a native New Yorker who is very knowledgeable about Montreal, having visited there over a dozen times in the past 15 years.
Restaurants in Montreal are indeed numerous (the number, per capita, rivals NYC) and varied. My experience is that, despite the type of cuisine, the fare is often very hearty.
For seafood: Chez Dolmo, in the Financial District near the Old City.
Continental: The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton (Carillion?) Hotel, downtown just off St. Catherine Street. Magnificent food, unbelievable selection of deserts, formal dress code strictly enforced. I've eaten there twice, and haven't been disappointed.
Steak: Try Moishe's. I had a good meal there just a few years ago. Gibby's, which is located in a former 18th-century stable in the Old City, off McGill, apparently has gone the way of the "Tourist Trap."
As I usually eat in the less upmarket restaurants of downtown, the famous (and fabulous) delicatessens and the places on the Prince Arthur pedestrian mall, I can't make any other recommendations that would fit your expressed criteria. However, when in Quebec City, I eat in fancier restaurants...