Food and drink
One of the things I like best about the menu is that you can have a light supper of a cocktail or chilled white wine with a plate of excellent briny oysters, or go the full hog with shrimp and grits to start, followed by excellent entrees like steak au poivre or fish of the day and end with the unmissable salted caramel pudding.
The spot is cheerful, bustling and intimate. One of my friends recently compared it to a dinner party at a stylish friend’s house and I would say that is about right, albeit a friend who is a serious chef.
The friends and family atmosphere continues with the service. Staffers are extremely friendly and warm and will explain every dish.
In a charming and residential stretch of the West Village.
It may be a neighborhood spot but the prices are quite gourmet, entrees are from US$18 and a three-course meal without wine is about US$40 per person.
Tables to book
The restaurant doesn’t take reservations so try to arrive earlier in the week and early evening when they open to snag a table—my favorites are the ones tucked in the back room but I also enjoy sitting at the bar.
- People watching