been to raffi's once, palate, over two dozen times. i do not see the ratio getting anything but more extreme.
palate has great service. the food and the wine selection are splendid. the menu is also such that you can eat for what i consider a bargain (so much so, i do not go to the more casual and nearby canele anymore). on the other hand, if you feel like a sumptuous feast, easily done as well.
it is the only restaurant in the area that my business partner and i will take clients. tables in the back are more casual/wine bar feel. the front is a bit more formal.