**Stairs only! No Elevator/Ramp upstairs!!**
Before I start know that this place is a cultural experience. They don't advertise and the only way people know about it is by word of mouth. From the outside, it looks like a shut-down restaurant supplier. They're only open Weds-Sat from 5-10; it's one chef and, most of the time, one server. The restaurant at the most can serve 30-40 people, though it spaces them out. You SHOULD make a reservation. The main chef is a great guy, though when he's cooking he gets very irritated. Don't be surprised if he seems curt, or if you hear him cursing from downstairs. Just roll with it and know beforehand that you're about to be served the greatest meal this side of the Pacific Ocean.
That said: don't go here if you're in a hurry.
It's, on average, a 2 hour dinner. You'll start with getting seated, a list of specials read to you, ordering a drink etc. The wine and beer selection are great, although sometimes what they have doesn't necessarily agree with the menu offerings. No big deal- trust me, you won't care.
The appetizers are wonderful (especially the french onion soup & beat salad), although to be honest unless you haven't eaten in weeks, you don't need to order them. You're going to leave very full and very happy.
Your entrees will generally be given an option of the sauces to accompany them. Several are brown butter-focused, which is usually the route I go. Everything is fresh, never frozen and delicious.
Following you ordering an entree, a basket of bread will arrive and will be shortly followed by a cold pasta dish, courtesy of the house. It is, imo, the greatest sauce on the planet. You'll wish it could be a meal unto itself.
Following the pasta dish, you'll be sent up a salad. They're very basic: lettuce, some sliced vegetables, etc. The dressing is a mustard vinaigrette of some kind. Very tasty, but not anything to knock your socks off.
Next comes the entree, which will be accompanied by a family-style plate of potatoes. Usually he serves garlic & goat cheese mashed, although occasionally he serves smashed potatoes (my personal favorite)
Dessert isn't needed and, in my experience, apart from coffee isn't really worth it.
You may be thinking "How could this take 2 hours?" Well- you won't be sitting there counting the minutes. But, by the time you sit, order drinks, get the various courses and pay, it easily falls in that time frame. But I PROMISE you this: it's the best meal that can be had between NYC and Canada, and gives anything you'd find in either location a run for its money at a fraction of the cost.
2 people, roughly $75-80 depending on drinks/desert.
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