Friday, dinner 2/20/09 -Thus far, the best martini we've had in NYC. There was a $20/person cover charge, even though we were eating, but I didn't care because it was cold and I wanted to enjoy my cigarette between courses.
Terrific wine list and Stags Leap is a treat for us. We ordered the demi bottle at $165 (full bottle is $300). They were out of the demi bottle, we ordered something else that was forgettable.
We shared the crabcake appetizer and although we didn't care much for crabcake, the salad that came with it was pretty tasty. Nice touch that the forks accompanying the appetizer were chilled for the salad.
We each ordered the Grilled Havana ribeye with escabeche sauce. It is the chef's signature dish so we figured we couldn't go wrong. They also have daily specials. Both of our steaks were perfectly done to order, one rare, one medium rare, both with a nice char on the outside. I felt like mine (med. rare) tasted salty, I might be wrong, maybe they don't season at all so perhaps it was the extra time on the grill to achieve med. rare. Nothing special about the veg and mashed potatoes that accompanied the food.
The service was outstanding, friendly, professional - I could on and on but you get the idea. If a patron dropped a napkin or utensil, it wasn't on the ground for long as the servers all worked together to make sure every patron had a pleasing experience. We did.
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