Ok, true confession - I've not reviewed Ribelle because I'm selfish and want to be able to get a table.
Brought 2 friends to Ribelle to show it off Friday night, and I couldn't be happier with the food and service. I've been here quite a few times - sometimes with a gilt city voucher, sometimes not. You have to come with an open mind knowing that the food may have some unusual flavor combinations. Personally I love chefs that experiment, and much prefer creativity to those who rarely change menus and pretty much rest on their laurels. Ribelle has a distinctly asian influence, but it's subtle, with a few asian ingredients thrown into pasta dishes and desserts. We started our meal with 3 appetizers: ½ dozen old cove oysters + apple horseradish mignonette; hokkaido milk bread, and a king crab salad. The oysters and crab salad are from heaven. (The bread was good - others in the party could better speak to that dish, though, cause I'm not a bread person.) For main courses I can recommend the boar agnolotti and the
pappardelle bolognese, (previous visit) being superb, and the crème caramel is a lovely finish. The servers are fabulous - so friendly and ready to 'interpret' the menu, without attitude (you know what I mean). One of my favorite things is the 'I need a minute' $3 wine pour - so clever; when you don't want too much wine, but would like a little more than a single glass with your meal. OK - so it can get a little loud. We had such a great time, it didn't matter; anyway, it meant that we were surrounded by equally happy diners!
Please ignore this review and do not take my table at Ribelle.