Hold down Control (PC) or Command (Mac) key + mouseclick to select more than one option
Posted by LC on 11/14/2012
My girlfriend and I live nearby, but never heard of this place until my girlfriend came across a coupon offer - 5-course tasting menu for two. The price was about half the menu price, so we knew they'd be cutting corners, but figured they would want to do a good enough job to get some repeat business. We go out to eat pretty often but we won't go back to this place. Here's the run-down: -1st course: mushroom and truffle soup. This soup was pretty good, but nothing special. The portion was tiny - it was served in an espresso cup. -2nd course: a soft-boiled duck egg coated in corn meal and deep fried, with a few tiny crumbles of blood sausage and one random piece of frisée for garnish. Not good. Such a shame - duck eggs can be delicious. These were completely under-seasoned. I would have killed for some salt, but there was none on the table. The corn-meal coating was too thick and undercooked, so it was a little bit like eating raw polenta. -3rd course: arugula, goat cheese and grape tomatoes dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Very standard fare and sadly, this was probably one of the best courses. It was certainly the most filling course (see fourth course). -4th course: The main event. The meat or fish course. We were served...one scallop each. One. If you're going to give people one scallop as their main course, it better be the best scallop they've ever consumed. Unfortunately, ours were undercooked (mine was actually raw), poorly cleaned (gritty) and just pretty bad overall. They were served with four decorative dots of squash puree and some crumbs of what tasted like sweet brown-bread, which is just a weird combination. -5th course: chai tea mousse, which was OK, topped by whipped cream that tasted straight out of a can. Definitely the first time I've been served Redi-Whip as part of a tasting menu. The wine pairings were decent given what we paid for the dinner - this is where I expected them to cut back, and they did, serving bottles that retail for under $20, but the selection was decent with the exception of the red wine that was paired with the scallop - it just didn't go well with that one sad little sandy, raw scallop on my plate. But then again, what would? Even at half the price, we felt as though we'd overpaid for our dinner.
Posted by upperwestsider on 10/14/2012
A bistro that's an interesting mix of French/Morrocan, Mediterranean influences with a smattering of E.Coast seafood options, plus a steak & a burger (perhaps to draw-in former patrons). Not sure if it's found its culinary footing, yet, but the late-night meal i had with a few friends (Chicken Cous Cous, French Onion Soups & a plate of "hand cut fries") satisfied our post-concert nosh needs. We were even given a complimentary appetizer of hummus with pita bread sections! The tagine-like "chicken cous cous" was cooked to perfection (fully-cooked & moist) in a meal-sized portion. Interestingly, a couple dishes that are listed as "tagines" do NOT come with cous cous (you have to order it as a separate side dish). The French onion soups were small-ish, but filling. We all shared the large plate of "hand-cut" fries (closer to julienned, rather than steak fries), that were crunchy & complemented the soups. Since we arrived near closing, the restaurant was very quiet. A large, flat-screen TV (near the entrance, where we sat) had a sports game on display; thankfully the volume was muted out! There are some other intriguing menu choices that i would be willing to return to sample!
Posted by lo on 07/30/2012
The food here borders on exquisite though some may carp about entree portion size. Appetizers are good size; parmesan risotto is excellent & goat cheese salad is a cut above. Scallop entree absolutely delicious but could use more sides on plate rather than having to order separately. Chicken with orzo transforms what could be something blah. Duck breat was divine. Asparagus with hollandaise is terrific. While food is great service is a problem but they are trying very hard & with time these problems should subside. But please can we do away with silly bread service with 2 spoons? How about some tongs?
Posted by izabella on 06/04/2012
We went to Purple fig for dinner.We had a certificate for 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing.The food was delicious, but portions were extremily small. The wine was pretty good and the amount of wine was very generous. It was not just regular small amount of wine like you get at the wine tastings, but they poured almost half of a big wine glass for every wine we tasted. The atmosphere was wonderful, service was okay, it was very fast, we felt we were rush to eat every course and finish the wine which went with each meal. But overall we had a great expirience and will definetly go back there. It is great place and great expirience of modern french bistro on upper West side.
Posted by Hallie on 05/18/2012
I've lived on the UWS for 55 years, and thought I'd never get over my grief at the AllState closing. I was shocked. You have to go, it's worth the money, the food is outrageously good, as is the service. Completely original recipes. Casual attire for a meal that feels very elegant.