Hours: Breakfast, lunch: Monday-Friday; dinner: seven days
Saturday & Sunday brunch
Open late: every night till 11
French restaurant inside the Sofitel.
Paris-born Martial Noguier’s replacement at this Francophile hotel restaurant is Greg Biggers, who was born in Alabama and has worked no further abroad than Philadelphia (at Morimoto) between stints at Tru and the late Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood. He's introduced a changing seasonal menu with items like a sumptuous ramp-and-green-garlic veloute poured hot around a scoop of lemon verbena sorbet and served with a maple-flavored cracker on the side. A balsamic-dressed Bibb lettuce salad with crispy planks of gingerbread was offset by rich shavings of foie gras; a nicoise salad with tiny purple potatoes, green beans, and pureed salsify was every bit as rich as the scallop’s cauliflower bed or the stuffed Guinea hen on cheesy thick polenta, garnished by chewy, coffeelike black garlic cloves and a floret of mitaki mushroom (which really does taste like chicken). Cafe des Architectes remains the kind of service-oriented place where your choices are likely to be met with an approving "Formidable!" Read the full review >>
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