i came here with six other coworkers for lunch last week. we requested to sit outside, and we found ourselves pretty much underneath the vanderbilt overpass. the place is really large and consists of an expansive indoor area w/an open kitchen, an outdoor bar on vanderbilt ave, and the outdoor seating on 45th between lex & vanderbilt (where we were)
our server was really efficient and took our drink orders right away. he also brought a loaf of fresh crusty french bread along with our menus. unfortunately, the bread wasnt warm but we were really hungry, so we demolished it along with the fresh butter it came with.
for my entree, i ordered the tuna steak ($27), cooked rare. my coworkers had other items on the menu including roast chicken ($22), filet mignon w/fries ($35), and the tuna nicoise salad (~$15). our entrees took quite a while to arrive and we polished off another loaf of bread during that interval. the food proved to be worth the wait. the portions, though, on the small side, were quite tasty. my tuna steak came lightly seared (just the way i like it), and wasnt fishy at all. the lime dressing drizzled on it was a nice addition to the salty peppery crust. it came perched atop some fresh vegetables. my coworkers filet was also really good, though it only came with about seven steak fries. considering the price of the entree, i think that they could have afforded to have given us another potato.
since we were on the company tab, we ordered coffee and desserts as well. my coworker & i split the molten chocolate cake ($8). it was delicious warm, fudgey, gooey, and topped with a small scoop of creamy vanilla gelato. well worth the extra calories.
overall, this was a good place for lunch. i dont know if i would come again, given the relatively high prices, but well see.
Pros: tuna, chocolate cake, outdoor seating
Cons: expensive, small portions