13, 2004 -
Atmosphere - 3.5/5 - Crowded, boisterous and noisy
accentuated by wood floors and wall of windows that look across the East
River offering great panorama of lower Manhattan.
Food - Extensive price fixe French selection of beef,
seafood, duck, lamb and extensive selection of starters and assorted deserts
- tastefully prepared and presented.
The wine list is a Wine Spectator Best of Award of
Excellence with 600+ selections and an astonishing inventory of over 47,000 bottles.
Carefully and thoughtfully selected top vintages and top producers of
Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Rioja, Italian, Australian, some South Africa and
German selections and a page of top California cabs and merlots that
featured an extensive range of vintages back through the eighties. Selection
is not broad or deeply exhaustive but focused and concise. Extensive selection of
large format bottles. Prices are expensive. Broad selection of ports but
lacking dessert 'sticky' choices.
Service was adequate but not especially attentive or
gracious - hey its Brooklyn! 3.5/5
While the selection of the extensive winelist is
focused and well done, its not as broad or deep as one might expect given
the hype and pomp of their reputation. The true test thought was that we
found a fabulous wine that was a perfect complement to our dinner that was
reasonable value. Most wines though were expensive belaying their top
growths and vintages. See
Overall - 15.5/20