It's restaurant week in NYC, which means two weeks of prix fixe menus at some of the higher-end establishments in the city. They do this roughly 3 times per year.
Last night, a group of us met at Nice Matin, on 79th and Amsterdam. The restaurant takes its name from the most popular newspaper on Côte d'Azur, so we hoped to relive some of our lovely experiences in Southern France last year.
We split the cheapest Côte du Rhone red – still yummy – and I ordered the soupe de poissons for a starter and the arctic char in a mussel sauce for the main. The former was served with croutons and sides of aïoli and gruyère. All very tasty.
The place was a bit louder and more boisterous than I expected, especially for 9 p.m. on a weeknight, but that's what to expect during restaurant week. We were a group of 5, and were seated at a table for 4 with an extra chair on the end, so it was a bit tight… er… intimate.
There have been a number of complaints on Chowhound about the service, but I thought they did fine, particularly given the restaurant week crowds. I'd go back.
We need to find out if there's a way to consolidate our OpenTable accounts. For some reason, we opened two separate ones, and so we're not accumulating points as fast as we should!