For years, New York Magazine rated this as one of the top 100 restaurants in the City. My wife and I went there the first time a few years back for late lunch after watching the Marathon. When we walked in, we immediately felt at home. We were greeted, seated and served a basket of fantastic bread quickly (Top Cat Bread - amazing). The house white wine was superb and a perfect companion for the lobster ravioli appetizer. I had the steak and my wife the chicken - both prepared perfectly and full of flavor. On recent visits, we have enjoyed the fish and quail - both moist and fresh and (of course) full of flavor.
Save room for dessert. The choices are very French and very good.
My friend from San Francisco (who was treating) said that in SF, the bill for 3 in a similar establishment would have topped $400. Here we were a little over $200. Yes, with wine, and three courses.
A very civilized way to spend a few hours with friends.