09/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I live just around the corner on 17th St., so have been watching the progress of Steak Frites since its return to 16th St. (I had such a dismal experience when it was Union Prime that I swore to never return. But the original Steak Frites was a favorite haunt, that I felt I had to give it a try.)
Yes, they were definitely off to a bad start. I was there twice in June & couldn't tell if there was anyone in the kitchen or my server had to go back there & cook my food himself- slow & tasteless (in fact, I had the same exact problems as Myata below- cold & slow food)!
However, a neighbor that also lives on 17th St. had me meet her for a drink last week- & what a difference! The staff was smiling this time, unlike the aforementioned 2 times when everyone seemed either flustered or lost (which was odd since the place was empty both times I went previously).
We sat at the bar with no intention of eating, until a server walked by with a steak & mussels. I knew immediately that there was a new chef. Curious, my friend & I ordered the Tuna Tartare. Then the Fig/Goat Cheese salad. Then ended up splitting the steak w/ bearnaise- delicious! So was the berry shortcake dessert!
I've been back twice more in the past week, sitting for full dinners both times. On both occasions my server was helpful & attentive- not at all like the lost souls that used to work there. In chatting with them, I learned that there is now a new chef & new management. Kudos to them for improving the food & getting rid of the lifeless zombies that worked there at the beginning of Summer.
Steak Frites still has some snags- needs a better wine list, more menu offerings- but does seem well on its way. I'll keep my eye out on them & let you know more...