Trying to pinpoint the exact moment when the genesis of a trend took root can be difficult.
It's big, it's beautiful, and it's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's reasonably priced, its menu encompasses dishes like offal (really pates and terrine rather than anything risky, a la the old Biba) and veal schnitzel to grilled cheese sandwiches and cheeseburgers. Its wine list is interesting, and the bartenders busily concoct cocktail classics from decades ago. The legion of hostesses welcome patrons with unflagging smiles -- and courtesy prevails, down to bringing a glass of water to a customer waiting for companions.
I was looking for a place to sit down away from the noise and craziness of most bars at night. I found a place with very good food, quick and polite service, and a delightful setting. Notes from my experience include:
- My empty dishes were always removed within moments of being finished
- The starter salad and dessert were rather small, while the entree was well-sized; at many places each of the three could count as meals by itself!
- Pork shank was so tender it fell right off the bone!
The only negatives I found were that the meal was a bit pricey, though very nice, and the shank had some bones that I couldn't readily see to take out. Nothing that will prevent me from going back. Great place, this!