Had not been to L'Atelier in several years & thought it an opportune time to experience dinner again. There were three of us: husband(the birthday boy),adult son and myself. It was a Saturday evening and I requested a booth.
Husband and I shared the mussels........son had the lobster ravioli. Excellent choices.
Husband had rack of lamb: he raved. Son and i had pork saltimboca: delish. The accompaniments to these dishes were quite wonderful.
Dessert: son had creme brulee angelina: liked it a lot. I ordered the chocolate bag: excellent. It had chocolate,berries,creme and ice cream. Doesn't get better than that.
Son had mixed drinks. We had pelligrino. Service was excellent. Chris, our waiter, has only been "on the job" 3 weeks, but was attentive. Bread basket was refilled as per our request. Lemon and lime plate also refilled.
What turned me off?????? The busboy NEVER smiled. The maitre d......a female...kept walking back & forth without a smile.....very somber(did you lose a pet? was she having a bad day?)...not doing much. When i made the reservation, I mentioned it was husband's b-day....NO mention of it came up. YOU are a service industry...you've got to go that "extra mile" to receive a 5 star rating. Train the staff to be upbeat and S M I L E.
The bill for the three of us......including tip came to $191.00.
Yes......we would return.
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