When we arrived for our 9:00 reservation it was pretty much full and we were pretty much the youngest people in the room, besides staff.
Decor is a little corporate-sterile (think pre-makeover JG or the original Aquavit sans waterfall).
Staff are plentiful...albeit still getting the kinks worked out. Nothing unexpected there. I think there were multiple sommeliers working.
As a note on its first page informs you, the wine list is very much a work in progress. 13 wines by the glass (not counting dessert wines) at present. probably a couple hundred bottles....I would imagine that this will be heavily filled out with time.
There is a very long bar (though it was mostly full the entire night) so walk-ins shouldn't ever have a problem eating. The front tables are probably intended to be Siberia but they do overlook Broadway.....due to the arrangement of the restaurant, I'm not sure there are any great tables....the main bar or the wine-tasting bar are probably best.
the menu is composed of the fabled charcuterie and then a standard bistro selection (think Balthazar uptown) of soups, salads, fish, steaks and the like. the desserts are, however, more ambitious, numerous and varied (at least on paper) than other NY French bistros...
there are also a couple housemade sausages, boudin noir and the like...
a petit degustation of charcuterie, coquille st. jacques and a navarin.
the charcuterie are good...very good. not mind-blowingly transcendent, but very good. especially the lapin. my charcuterie-phobic companion was converted to the dark side.
both the coquille and the navarin (generously portioned) were exactly what you would expect: well-made, traditional, bistro classics. not something I would travel uptown for but for residents of the UWS it'll beat the heck out of Cafe Luxembourg or Nice Matin.
$140 all-in...including three glasses of wine (a blanc cote du rhone (very nice and mineral-y), an Italian pinot noir (something doesn't seem quite right with that nomenclature) and a chardonnay), tax and tip.
Edited by Nathan, 10 January 2008 - 08:22 AM.