Cheat Sheet: La Maison
La Maison had its grand opening this week in the trendy South of Fifth neighborhood. We got an up-close look at the French eatery during the red carpet soiree.
The Gist: A French-Mediterranean brasserie with award-winning chef Michael Fulci cooking up simple traditional eats in a upscale trendy setting.
The Vibe: This quaint little space plays with elegance with seductiveness, thanks to its lush outdoor terrace with streetside dining and an ultramodern interior with racy erotic photography.
Eat This: Homemade torchon foie gras ($30) served with fig jam and truffle-stuffed toast.
Drink This: Stick with a glass of rosé or opt for the signature champagne cocktail, La Maison South of Fifth, mixed with Grey Goose, St. Germain and pear puree.
Skip This: Pasta that tasted straight out of the box topped with overcooked lobster. Enough said.
The Damage: You'll be able to find inexpensive lunch plates for less than $20 but dinner prices are high with a beef tartare coming in around $30.
The Verdict: During our visit, spotty service and a few too many bland dishes gave off a work-in-progress vibe. We're hoping for a fast improvement, however, since this space is far too pretty to be vacant.
22 Washington Ave.; 786-899-0037