It might be his birthday, but you know I am the one that choose the restaurant. Of course with special attention to details that he likes, especially the bar menu.
My choice was Bix, a great little jazz restaurant near the financial district. Had a very nice 1920's setting with waiters in white jackets, but not at all stuffy. Set up in a club style with most of the tables are in a balcony to sit above and enjoy the music.
Wanting to see a show later we choose an early reservation, we were the first people in the door and decided to enjoy the ambiance of the bar till our table was ready. Jim chose the Bourbon Cherry Smash to start, which he described as a refreshing alternative to a Manhattan, finished with club soda to make it mild. I had the Meyer Lemon Colins with Gin (Meyers are my absolutely favorite lemon).
The appetizer menu looks so great that we choose to not do dinner, but just share a bunch of small plates. Our server was excellent; she timed each dish to come out one after another, and set to order to follow the flavor palate.
Of 6 dishes I would say that my favorite was the Deviled Eggs with Summer Truffles, Romano Beans and Chives. Light and delicate with just a touch of tang finished with finely grated white truffles. We could have had 2 plates. We also had Truffle Cheese and Sweet Onion Croques, which were simple and too good. The Mini Lamb Burgers with Cucumber, Dill and Harissa were Jim's favorites. The surprise of the evening were the Beer Battered Fiorelli Blossoms with Spicy Buttermilk Sauce, which were light and tasty and could be served by the bucket!