Well, coming from the F train, we had to brave our way through the broadway section of midtown and it was awful. But once you finally break free on 9th Avenue, it cleared up so much and you could breathe again! We had a gift certificate to La Carafe in Midtown West, so we decided to use it that night! We went on a Friday night and made a reservation for 8:15 pm. When we got there, the restaurant wasn't full at all which was nice.
The ambience was really nice. There was a lady sitting in front of the restaurant ushering you into your seat and the seating was fairly tight. There is an entire side of the menu devoted to small Mediterranean plates which is nice if you like Greek food. We didn't get anything from there though.
We started off with the Chicken Beignets for an appetizer. I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this. This was more like fried chicken tenders with a yummy salad on top of it with a side of mustard. They were pretty good but not life changing. They came with a side of toasted pita which I wasn't expecting ti like all that much, but they were pretty tasty.
Matt ordered the Steak Au Poivre and it was pretty good. The Au Poivre came on the side and wasn't terribly peppery which was nice. Pretty good. Nothing great.
Nothing was jumping out at me so I ended up with the Poulet Paillard Aux Champignons with a side of $7 fries. I was hoping there would be a lot more mushrooms in this dish than there were. The yummy salad that was on top of the Chicken Beignets was on top of my entree and it was just ok. I wasn't terribly impressed with this meal. Each soda refill cost another $3 for a small cup, and the diet coke tasted really funny.
Overall, if you're in the mood for French cuisine, head over to Les Halles. It's better food. The waiter was decent, although when I finished my soda he didn't ask if I wanted anything else to drink. And Matt wasn't surprised when we were charged for two sodas. I definitely do not need to go back here.