Good thing is if people are signing up to post shills it’s an indication we are on someone’s radar!
Well they were impugning your reputation for truthfulness or veracity, so it was not all good.
We sort of set them straight, however.
I’m pretty sure google ranked this thread well. I remember searching and and it was high in the search results. Nicely done Jr. I’m still going to try this place, on someone else’s dime
I almost went back over the weekend with the wife to give an actual sit down experience a try. Blu Grotto won out as the selection for Sat night. I like it there although this time I got the osso bucco special over risotto, the osso was good the risotto wasn’t that great. Luckily I wasn’t going to eat it anyway so small loss for me.
Hey does any body know if they are still doing burger night?
And if so, is this Thursday or Tuesday?
I do not know, sorry. (checked their web site too but no help)
Yes, they are still doing burger night on Tuesdays. @NotJrvedivici, It actually is on the website’s front page. You need to scroll down briefly.
We had dinner there last night. I’ll be posting a report, so stay tuned!
Thank you! Anxious to see your feelings on the place.
As I mentioned upthread, we had dinner last night (12/7) at Fromagerie. We arrived shortly before our 9 p.m. reservation. Not that we would have needed one, but it’s too far away (40 minutes) to take the chance doing a walk-in. But as we suspected, on a Wednesday evening, the place was dead, i.e., in addition to us, 2 tables in the main dining room each occupied by a couple and a couple seated in the adjoining smaller dining room. So, a total of 8 people. The couple seated at the table adjacent to ours left shortly after we were seated which brought the total down to 6.
The dining rooms are lovely, having been refreshed since our one and only visit during David Burke’s tenure. Seating is comfortable, nicely-spaced tables are dressed with white linen, a fire in the gas fireplace made for a cozy feel, and Christmas decorations are tasteful. Obviously, noise was not an issue. This is the kind of ambiance Mr. RBI and I love.
Mr. RBI looked over the list of wines by the glass and chose a Côte du Rhône at a very reasonable $9/glass. He had two. Having perused the menu on the website and having decided what dishes we planned to order, we checked the menus presented to us to make sure they were on it. They were, so we ordered promptly.
Before I get into the particulars, let me say this. There is excellent cooking going on in Fromagerie’s kitchen. But while all the food we had was delicious, there were some flaws with my dishes.
For the first course, Mr. RBI chose the Classic Caesar Salad prepared tableside ($14). Based on tasting a bit of it, I agreed with him that it was top-notch, one of the best Caesars we’ve had. I started with the Foie Gras, pan seared with pears and a port wine reduction ($16). While the foie was perfectly prepared and arrived properly hot, the portion was a bit skimpy. It sat upon two slices of toasted bread that were so hard as to be inedible. The pears were delicious but were ice cold when they should have been warm or at the very least room temperature.
Just after our first courses were served, a young man came by with the bread basket which held an excellent selection. We both chose the sourdough roll. A superior roll, it was warm with a nice crust and was accompanied by butter at the correct temperature.
For the mains, Mr. RBI had the Coq au Vin ($34), one of his favorite French bistro dishes. I didn’t taste any of it, but he said it was a fine version. I had the Duck Breast with Cherries & Grappa ($34). Duck is one of my favorites. This deboned breast – what the French call the magret – was exceptionally tender and juicy. It was prepared exactly to my medium specification with skin that had been rendered of fat sufficiently to leave it very crisp. Accompaniments were polenta and pickled red cabbage. The plate was finished the cherry grappa sauce. But here’s where a major problem arose. Now, I love a delicious sauce and this sauce was delicious. However, the plate was literally swimming in it. So much so that the skin on some of the duck slices lost a bit of the crispness; the polenta was totally overwhelmed and practically disintegrated; and the red cabbage was so buried that I didn’t realize it was there (it’s not mentioned on the menu) until my fork hit upon it. So, a case of what is essentially a terrific dish with plating gone wrong.
For dessert, we shared the Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce ($12) Most of the profiteroles we’ve had have been filled with ice cream. These were filled with a very tasty pastry cream, a pleasing change as they were much lighter.
With the exception of the foie gras, portions were very generous. Because we are big on portion control, we took home some of each main course.
Service throughout the meal by our captain Jonathan was outstanding (he prepared the Caesar). Chef/Manager Steven Botta stopped by during our meal to see how things were going and then again at the end at which point we had a lengthy conversation with him. He was very interested in and receptive to our comments. I mentioned the over-saucing problems, and Mr. RBI suggested that he put the wine list on the website.
We found the pricing in line with what we pay at most of the high end restaurants we frequent in NYC. It seems fair to us especially considering the quality of the materials Botta is using, including Pat LaFrieda steaks as well as the special grind La Frieda is doing for the burger which, Botta told us, is extremely popular. Even though we generally don’t have burgers when we go out to dinner, we’ll definitely have to try this one.
Overall, despite the flaws, we really enjoyed our dinner and will be putting Fromagerie on our NJ rotation.
The photo set from this dinner can be viewed on my Flickr here.
Great rundown, it sounds like we’ll have to give it a try as well. And as usual, love your photos too!
Man that Foie looks good! Too bad about the cold pears though.
@heidicooksandbakes, Thanks so much for the compliments! When you do go, please report back.
Decided to give the dining room experience a try, made reservations for 7pm on Friday night. Ordered the lobster bisque, Ceasare salad and the NY strip steak. Wife had Fromagerie salad and the halibut, first came the bisque and it was excellent. Poured tableside served with a fair amount of lobster meat and a small dollop of cream in the bowl. Only thing I would have enjoyed is if they accompanied the soup with the option for some more sherry, I prefer the bisque slightly richer, but that’s just a personal preference the bisque was very, very good.
Ceasare salad was prepared “tableside” but not literally table side, they prepared it in the dining room but not at your table. Salad and dressing was excellent as was my wife’s salad.
The steak was good but slightly under cooked. I didn’t say anything but it was rare vs the medium I had requested, no big deal. While I enjoyed the steak my wife’s halibut while good was too salty. It was topped with seasoned breadcrumbs and who ever seasoned them used too much salt. Also I noticed the steak was $40. on the menu and was served with string beans and mashed potatoes.
The service on all levels was excellent, except once again the owner was MIA during our entrees. He was around greeting tables and checking on most others entrees, he did greet us when first seated but that was it for the night. The waiter was very good as well as the support staff in the dining room.
Here’s my observation, it was 7pm on a Friday night of Valentines Day weekend and the restaurant was only half (if that) full. I was very surprised when we called at 5:30 and were given 7pm reservations but it was easy to see why once we were there.
Not that I noticed.
Went tonight and had the $35 three course meal. There were a bunch of options and a few of us had the meal deal. I’ve gotta say that it was just ok, not great, and certainly not up to the $35 three course meal at Bar N.
The best thing I ate all night was the Ceasare salad, or maybe the lemon mousse, but the entrees were all just ok. Pork, chicken, pasta were all a tad salty and not great.
I do love the new ( read - old style ) room more than the old David Burke look.