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Arthur Avenue Experience — Huge Disappointment

Roberto's IMHO is fantastic and pricey but as other posters say, Arthur Ave. is not about a restaurant experience, it's about the markets--I go up there every 4-6 weeks from NJ mainly for the shopping and I live in a neighborhood where I hear Italian spoken everyday. It reminds me of the Bastille markets in Paris. Arthur Ave is a NYC success story--there seems to be a new store every time I visit--the latest is Cerini's excellent coffee place. I tried Zero Otto Nove and it was good but I was not knocked out like every time I've been to Roberto's. I'm actually going up there tomorrow with some food friends from south NJ--looking forward to it.

Mar 05, 2010
chewer in Outer Boroughs

Les Fontaines?

If you're referring to the Les Fontaines on rue Soufflot near the Pantheon the ownership changed about 2 years ago. I won't say the food is bad but it doesn't even vaguely resemble the old Les Fontaines which had a new hand written menu every day and specialized in game and things like rognons de veau, pheasant, biche, etc. and great Loire Valley reds. The new place has a minimal set menu with a couple of specials--I've been eating at Les Fontaines since the early 1990's and the new place is a huge disappointment.

Apr 19, 2008
chewer in France