I'll preface this review by saying that if you've never eaten in the upstairs restaurant before, then this place can be okay for you.
I went there last night for a special occasion and wow! Talk about disappointment. Seems that there are new owners, new management and a new chef. Was expecting the ambience, service and menu that I came to know and enjoy about this place only to find out that as of a couple of months ago, everything is different. If you've eaten here before, you know that the upstairs restaurant was special and distinct than the one at ground level. Now the two are one in the same. Would you believe brown paper on top of the linen table cloths!!! Gone, too, is the Caesar Salad made at your table!!!
This place morphed into a not at all special place, except for high prices. The service was fine, loved Fabien. Very attentive and the French accent gave him added charm. But as I am saying, those of you who had been here before and enjoyed the upstairs steakhouse need to fine another place. Steak menu is very limited and $$$$ for the ambience.
Now for the good news...the chef told us that the lamb osso bucco was added to the menu the night before we ate there, and it was delicious and a generous portion. Also added was some kind of duck, which my companion ordered. He ordered it medium but it came to the table very rare and had to be sent back for further cooking. A disappointment. He said it was good, though a little chewy. They also added matzo ball soup, which was full of flavor and another surprise or two.
Now we have to find a new special spot, because this one is blemished. Sorry Morel's. Now you have become some restaurant that I used to know.
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