01/13/2011 10:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

La Silhouette French-American From Some Very Vetted Vets


Once you've worked with the best, expectations can be pretty high, especially if that person is Jay-Z, and your name is Expectations. Holding themselves to the standards of those who groomed them, the team behind La Silhouette.

From a group with experience at some of the city's top venues (Le Bernardin, The Boom Boom Room...), LS's peddling Franco-American fare from within a former garage that's now a mod, condo-esque tri-leveler, with multiple intimate chambers leading back to two dining rooms, one raised, and one sunken (an appropriate backdrop for your growing booty). The opening dinner menu kicks off with daurade crudo, baked potato/black truffle soup (with bacon-grilled-cheese soldiers), and wild boar ragout over fresh pappardelle, while entrees include mustard-crusted lamb loin w/ stuffed artichoke, and spaetzle-supported veal cheek blanquette, though a fat lot of security it afforded that baby. A few weeks down the road, lunch'll roll up with roasted leek & duck prosciutto salads, hanger steaks a la plancha w/ bacon & butter braised collard greens, and 'wiches from a milk-braised pork/ provo/ broccoli rabe pressed ciabatta joint, to the special sauce-covered Burger Queen, sure to be eaten in a Flash by any Fat Bottomed Girls.

Eventually they'll even fix your brunch jones, turning out Hangover Sandwiches from croque monsieurs/ madames to croissants stuffed with bacon, egg & cheese --despite Jay-Z being all about the cheddar, you know Swizz beats it.