Katharine Shilcutt had a wonderful meal at the just-opened Philippe, and commenter blackjackdavid shared his own experience:
I had Fred as my waiter there a week or so ago and agree that he is most excellent. Let's hear it for Fred! Nice wine list and attractively priced as you mention (though they were out of the first bottle I ordered, which I found odd as they had been open only five or six nights at that time). Kitchen needs some more time to get up to speed, but it bears watching.
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Let's hear it for customers who appreciate their servers! TGIF, everyone.