My parents came in town, so naturally, I took this opportunity to order a steak (meanwhile they probably think I'm a carnivore, as every time they visit/we vacation, Katharine:Steak is akin to a moth:flame). I ordered the pecan crusted filet mignon, which came with roasted potatoes, haricort vert and bistro wine au jus and I was blown away. While I am certainly a pizza connoisseur, and I like to think that I know a thing or two about a good filet, when in the company of Fran and Paul (mom and dad), I am confident that our combined century of experience with beef will not lead us astray. It was unanimous, the steak was huge, tender, cooked to perfection and with a soft pecan crust it was absolutely mouth watering. When I finished the thing, despite having far surpassed my elegant sufficiency, I could only think of how much I wanted another. I'll say it again--wow!
My dad ordered the marinated pork chops that came with mashed potatoes by special request (a Kent tradition...ha I guess that makes us sound like true-blue American fatties...but I assure you, we just have good taste) and my mom ordered a chopped salad. I am not typically a fan of pork, but these chops were tender and very flavorful. My dad and I both ordered a glass of Pinot Noir and were very happy with the wine. The chopped salad was prepared very nicely with a light sherry vinaigrette dressing that was a great complement to the finely chopped vegetables and greens. Overall, the food was delicious and left us all satisfied.
City Bistro is sort of a mid-sized restaurant uptown, with a loud dining room and a decent following (for a Saturday night at least). There is a big bar (a draw on its own) and a handful of tables exclusively for diners. Our waiter had about as much enthusiasm as a 5th Avenue doorman during the Puerto Rico day parade, but aside from that we really enjoyed our meal. I would recommend this place for families (not with young children, as I would never encourage the presence of those things in the places I like) and any sort of dining occasion between friends. I wouldn't say this place has a romantic atmosphere really, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend taking a 1st or 2nd date here, but I guess I can be a tough judge ;)
(hey..."its the economy stupid")
*Early Evening Menu* served 5-7pm Mon-Thurs, $17 gets you a 3 course dinner
*Happy Hour* served 5-8 (pm people) Sun-Fri, all drinks 1/2 price