Steve R. is going tonight, so I thought I'd get the jump in posting.
This is a new French bistro headed by Joe Ogrodnek, formerly of Battersby and Dover (and currently also Floret on the Lower East Side), with a lot Breslin alums in the kitchen and running the wine program.
Especially given my high regard for Ogrodnek, I found it slightly disappointing. Everything was just a little bit worse than I thought it would be. Not bad, nothing like it. Just not really really good.
One problem, I think, is that the dishes are just a mite too busy. Nothing is overly complicated, but almost every dish has a "touch" or two that was evidently intended to make it more interested, but just makes it busier. This is supposed to be fairly simple food.
I think the real problem with this place is that it opened at around the same time as Le Crocodile, and Le Crocodile does the same sort of thing much better. (OTOH, after this week's Times review, you won't be able to get into Le Crocodile anymore.)
The wine program is lots of fun, and you don't have to spend a lot (although Rich isn't going to love it, if you know what I mean).
Now over to you, Steve.