My wife and I just had one of the most enjoyable lunch experiences that we can remember. The Place has extended its hours of operations to include lunch, Wednesday through Friday (11:30am to 3pm). To start, we couldn’t help but notice that the building had been painted, which brightens it up considerably on the street. We had heard that some limited patio seating might be coming to the front of the building, which will be most welcome when it arrives. Inside, despite the dark wood features, there is a considerable amount of natural light throughout. The sound of old school jazz music adds to the club-like atmosphere. There are plenty of seating options, including banquet and booths.
Moments after we sat down at a two-top by the window, our waitress greeted us. She immediately noticed that our table was wobbly and pulled a shim out of her pocket and stuck in under a table leg. The fact that she did what she did, signaled that service was going to be smooth sailing.
Looking at the menu, my wife was super excited to see that there were gluten-free options and substitutes. She ordered the turkey club with a gluten-free roll, and I ordered the same item and stuck with the sourdough. I noticed that the menu listed a number of drink options, including tonic and soda water, lemonade, birch beer, cranberry juice, etc., which was so refreshing to see. I thought about the amount of time that I have spent grilling servers, asking “Do you have this… do you have this?” We started off with a couple of iced teas and split a perfectly dressed house salad.
The Place’s menu is classic yet nicely reimagined. It has mac ‘n cheese, but it also has prosciutto-wrapped dates. Other options of interest include house made pickles, chicken liver pâté, and house made potato chips. We both agreed that our different versions of the club sandwich were absolutely dynamite. My wife’s gluten free roll didn’t fill her up, and my sourdough was toasted to perfection. The house made chips came out warm, and were not bland and overcooked, like they often times tend to be when made in-house.
Seated on comfortable seats, watching the activity on Lexington, while eating impeccable food in a wonderful pub atmosphere was the perfect way to spend our lunchtime together. Hopefully our future meals with be consistent with our experience that we had earlier today. We’re always on the hunt for solid lunch offerings and are very pleased to have The Place back in action and delivering fine food in such agreeable surroundings.
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