My wife and I dined here about 25 years ago, and then again in May. Nothing has changed or been changed. The food is formal, classic French, presented by Rene with that classic Gallic humor. The decor hasn't changed in 25 years, either -- I mean, no one has changed the carpet, painted the walls, or done anything in the way of upkeep. The table linens are probably not from 25 years ago, though they could be; the tables and chairs probably are. (The place's darkness covers up much of this.). The coat room is unattended, and the waitstaff inexperienced. We went with my wife's parents, who are in their 70s, and they were clearly not among the oldest people there.
All that said, I'd gladly go back again. The food itself was excellent. If you can ignore (or don't care about) the extremely shopworn ambiance (the place has always occupied a crummy looking building next to the LIRR tracks and a bunch of auto body shops), the food is well worth it. If you can't, there are several classic French restaurants in Manhattan (think La Grenouille) where the food is at least as good, the decor and ambiance are unimpeachable, the service is sophisticated, and the prices are double.
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