Had the chance to dine here with a buddy of mine on a Monday night. Our reservations were early, for 6pm, and we had a few drinks at the bar before we sat down.
One of my misgivings about going out in NYC is that i'm not one of the ""elite"" people of the world. I'm not a banker with ax executive account, or a trust fund kid, or a dot com millionaire. I'm just a regular guy who likes to go out to nice restaurants every few months - and avoid places that treat me like a nobody.
This was my second visit, and they absolutely made us feel welcome at the bistro. There were no pretenses. There wasn't any ""Peter Luger-esque"" attitude by the waiter. The waiter was delightful, friendly and accommodating and his service was excellent and attentive.
The food is really what people want to know - and I must say it is sublime. Every single thing we ordered, from the tuna tartare & braised beef ravioli appetizers to the steak au poivre to the profiterole dessert were just amazing.
I also want to note that we did eat early and by the time we left, every table was seated. At no time did I feel rushed to finish. We had a leisurely meal, and even were given a tour of the ""garden"" area through the kitchen, which I thought was pretty cool. Wasn't a huge fan of the booth seating, people behind me kept shifting and jostling around. Also the booths are small, if you have two people over 6 feet sitting across from each other, their knees basically touch.
The mix of people in there are SoHo locals, the banker-types, hipsters, Midwest tourists, eurotrash and the occasional celebrity.
This is definitely not a weekly visit for people like me. My buddy and I had appetizers, dinner, wine, dessert, dessert wine, etc and our bill was over $300.
But i'm fine with that to treat myself every once in a while. I'll save up and in a few months go back again.
Pros: Steak Au Poivre, Great Scene, Favorable Service
Cons: Pricey, Cramped Seating