We were greeted warmly by two charming maître d who were all smiles and cheer - despite the freezing weather.
The restaurant is dimly lit and the spaced tables and small booths give a nice intimate feel. At lunchtime it wasn't too busy, mostly business lunch types in suits. The restaurant menu had a nice selection of their signature dishes. I chose clam chowder followed by cheeseburger and truffle fries and classic creme Brûlée and hubby had the cob salad followed by the sirloin salad and again the creme brûlée all for $25 each.
Iced tap water arrived quickly after we sat down, followed by a bread basket.
The wine list was presented on an iPad which I much prefer to the huge telephone directory size books some restaurants still have.
Clam chowder was rich and creamy and the side salad was, well, a slice of iceberg lettuce with bacon and dressing.
For my main course I had the signature cheeseburger. This was a really juicy chunky burger served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, pickle and a generous portion of fries.
My husbands sirloin salad was also much more substantial than expected. It was a fairly large steak, cooked perfectly served with plenty of green leaves.
Creme brûlée was very good despite that it was served cold. I do prefer hot - especially the sugar layer but I guess that's a personal taste thing. It did come served with some fresh berries.
Service was very attentive from start to finish.
There was never a point where we waited for anything and our water glass was constantly topped up.
It doesn't take much more effort to get it right, sadly this doesn't always happen, but today at Capital Grille it certainly did.
Capital Grille 120 West 51st Street, New York 10020 Tel 212 246 0154
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