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It's rare that we actually venture up to the Upper West Side to eat out. Those treks north are usually reserved for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, chocolate chip cookies (we love Levain Bakery and Jacques Torres), and takeout essentials from Artie's Delicatessen or Fairway. Thanks to Dovetail, there's now another reason to make the trip.

Dovetail has been written up everywhere as one of 2008's best new restaurants, so when it came time to pick a place to go with Mom and Grandma for my brother's birthday, Dovetail was the call. Though I'd read a bunch of reviews that said the service at Dovetail was terrible, we experienced the complete opposite and were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped foot in the door. Our server was the man, and it felt like we had three of our own bus boys taking care of our every need. Left over crumb on your lip? No worries, they got it. The food was consistently great across the board and everyone at the table enjoyed their meal.

Dovetail is expensive, but not obnoxiously so, and once you're inside you won't remember you're on the UWS, as the exposed brick and rustic artwork give the restaurant a very downtown feel. The food and service are both great, and overall, Dovetail is highly recommended.

Food Rundown:

Crab Ravioli
You'd be kicking yourself all night if you passed up on the crab ravioli at a place like this? You need this in your life immediately. God damn this is good stuff! Three nice, plump crab filled raviolis smothered in brown butter, chorizo, and sweet potato? Yes please. I still think about this dish on a daily basis.

Lamb's Tongue
It's served breaded and is crunchy, super savory, and really good. Don't pass this appetizer up. Also, the muffalatta (mix of Italian meats and cheeses) that comes with it is excellent.

Roast Sirloin with Beef Cheek Lasagna
You can't go wrong with a well roasted piece of sirloin. Especially when it's paired with this very unique and sweet beef cheek 'lasagna.' Everyone tried this. Everyone approved.

It's not the most visually stimulating dish on the menu but it happens to be one of the best. As one of their signature dishes, they cook this light piece of white fish well and the addition of the spinach ravioli with it works nicely.

I could have eating a double portion of this, easily. Three nice sized (but not huge) sea scallops smothered in butter, truffles, potatoes and pears? Uhh, more please!

Brioche Bread Pudding
Served with caramelized banana, bacon brittle and rum ice cream, if you're going to Dovetail it's absolutely mandatory you end your meal with this. This is one of those desserts you'll be thinking about/craving on a daily basis.

They didn't have either the Idaho potato gnocchi with veal short ribs and foie gras butter or the pork belly with spinach and fried egg appetizers when we went. I've heard that both are out of this world, so you may want to give them a try if you go.

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