This restaurant is perfect for a first date. The wine list is extensive and the staff is really interested in helping you find something you like without trying to up charge. That being said, they still have pretty pricey wine. Every single bottle on their menu you can get by the glass, even the $500 dollar bottles. They have an air filtration system that keeps the wines fresh without letting the oxygen touch them. This information was all given to me by a very friendly and helpful waiter. On to the atmosphere. This restaurant is very urban chic. It has exposed ceilings but the booths are actually plush couches that feels like you are lounging on them. The lighting is perfect. Dark enough to be intimate but light enough to see what you're eating. On to the food. Our food was delicious. I tried the Orecchiette pasta. Now it takes something special for me to like a dish if it contains onions. This one did. And it was so worth me picking through them. I even took what I couldn't eat home. My boyfriend got the short rib ravioli which was awesome, and we decided we'd agree to disagree on who's was better. The single complaint I had was that the bread came out cold and not fresh baked. The olive oil to dip it in was a nice touch though.
14. Babette's Cafe
573 N Highland Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30307
From Business: European Farmhouse Cuisine. Owner/Chef Marla Adams and Chef Justin Kurtz join to bring a rustic European dining experience to Atlanta. Spring brings a bright Lamb…
I love French food and I've heard so much about this place that I had to drop in. After my visit I can't say that I feel the same as other who have raved about this place. The atmosphere was nice and so was the service , but the food wasn't the star . It was lunch time and I wanted something lite so, I tried the Crisped Duck Confit with frisée salad and potatoes. The duck was good , but the sauce didn't have much of a flavor. The salad well ... I could have done without, but the potatoes were decent. All and all the meal wasn't bad, but based on what I was told it didn't knock my socks off. I will try them again because I'm always willing to give a restaurant one more chance. My friend had the seafood pasta and she said it was amazing. On my next trip I'm going to try my all time favorite French dish which is Coq Au Vin. Now if this isn't where I need it to be I'm going to have to make this my last trip. This is still a nice place to meet up for drinks and the staff is amazing.
This is the ultimate date night restaurant! A little pricey for me but well worth the money spent, maybe save it for a special occasion or when you're trying to impress a special someone. The atmosphere is fresh and airy like most places in Ponce City Market. The hostess and waiting staff are super trendy and friendly (Ask for suggestions! They won't disappoint!) We started with wine and the Parmesan oysters. I'd honestly eat the oysters as a main meal if they served a larger portion, they were incredible! For dinner I had a tough time choosing between the risotto and the gnocchi, luckily my date felt the same way so we got both and shared. The gnocchi was definitely the better of the two. It had a little bit of spice and the flavor was indescribable. The risotto was still delicious but didn't' have the same colorful flavor. Will definitely be back after my next paycheck.
This location is the original and still the best. They've got great salads and mix and match pastas - pick your pasta and sauce and you're off. My favorite is gemelli with pecorino and lemon. In the beginning they made their pasta fresh and it was to die for. As they've grown I believe they've gotten away from this but I can barely notice (though others might disagree). The atmostphere is great. All dinners come with bread and olive oil. They only have one beer on draft but its fittingly Italian and they've got a few other bottled selections to choose from. The house wine hits the spot too. Lastly, the prices, while not cheap are reasonable for the quality you get. I make an effort to get to a FIGO at least once a month and their expansion to new locations make this much easier. I do lament the closing of their VaHi location. That was the closest and my favorite.
We went here for our anniversary and it was a really great choice! The owner and the waitstaff really make you feel special- everyone greets you and with such personality you can't be but happy! A more intimate table, extra roses and photos came when they found out it was our special day. It feels like you're in a hole in the wall in NY's Little Italy, but on steroids. It's got a really fun vibe that got crazier after the 8pm hour, so go to the back if you want serenity! The lobster bisque was out of this world! The arugula salad was just the right lighter touch while the fish was good although I can't say excellent. I'd skip the tirimisu next time- a bit disappointing, but the espresso was a nice finishing touch. Overall a really great, fun experience. We'll be looking for another occasion to come back!
Ecco is one of my absolute favorite Midtown Restaurants. The atmosphere, service and selection is absolutely perfection. When you know you could come here every night, you realize you are in the right place. The restaurant has a very high profile vibe as if alot of deals are made here or youre coming to congratulate yourself on a job well done. The wines are also perfect compliments for every item on the menu. Ecco has a hip-hop fun vibe as servers wear black aprons with blue jeans and starched shirts. You must try the fried goat balls with cracked pepper and drizzled in honey...unbelievable! The restaurant has plenty of seating for your larger parties, with advance notice, of course. A must if you're staying at the Palomar Hotel or live nearby.
Bistro Niko is one of my family's favorite places to go. Last week, I was lucky enough to attend twice. Once for my mothers birthday dinner and then the Veuve Clicquot event! The lively atmosphere is intoxicating and they have some of the best champagne selections in the city. My mom and I sat on the patio overlooking Peachtree and enjoyed the lovely fall weather. The Veuve event there was absolutely packed with young professionals eager to socialize after work. There was decor, drink specials and even a photo backdrop outside to take photos in front of. The Veuve reps walked around taking polaroids of everyone and the Bistro bartenders were having a great time mixing drinks for everyone. Can't wait until their next event.
Oh Pauley's, you had me at hello... I have to admit that I didn't have very high expectations. I just knew I'd be eating crepes. But as soon as I walked towards the restaurant, I knew I'd be getting more than I bargained for. I loved the cool, modern look and feel and all of the windows. I was there during the day, so all of the sunlight woke me up immediately. My server was very helpful and attentive as soon as I sat down at my table. I noticed that there were outlets at the bar, which means I can bring my laptop with me to work while I sip an A.C. Slater (Crown Royal, Ginger Ale, and Pineapple Juice) or two. I'm so glad I found out about this new spot, and that it's near my home. I will definitely be a regular!
We were looking forward to a delicious italian dinner and bases on what we had heard, thought this place would deliver. The staff was very attentive and helpful. We were looking forward to trying this place as we had heard good things. Perhaps we ordered / choose poorly but following several recommendations from the server, we thought the food was very average. The bruchetta with artichoke hearts came with only two small pieces of bruchetta and the artichoke hearts were bland. The veal scallopine was tender and thin but the sauce was again bland. The cheese and spinach ravioli were fine but again uninspiring for a meal costing over $100 for 2. Our first and last - we won't be back.
The title is theirs, not mine. If I could I would make it twice a week! My favorites are the gyro plate with extra pita and Tzatziki sauce. If you're in the mood for a salad, get a large greek salad or a light snack, an order of greek style potatoes...don't forget the tzatziki sauce! During the work week, especially at lunch, this place is covered up with airline employees and faithful patrons from all walks of life. I've enjoyed this garlic and oregano haven for 20+ years. The atmosphere is casual, with limited seating and always friendly service and mouth watering entrees. Most of their business is take out. Either way, it is well worth a visit! Enjoy!! Opa!!