Mon, 6pm-1pm; Tue-Thu, 6pm-11pm; Fri, 6pm-midnight; Sat, noon-3pm and 6pm-midnight; Sun, noon-4pm and 6pm-10pm
1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
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The basement entrance of this townhouse restaurant is conspicuously unmarked. To get to the dining room, you must duck into a candlelit lounge area and climb up a rickety flight of stairs. The dining-room tables are set with glittering candles, too, and the room is fitted with tastefully rummaged knickknacks (glass-bead chandeliers, an hourglass, carefully arranged old-master knockoffs on the walls), along with a bookshelf casually stocked, like a summer rental in the Hamptons, with random volumes by Escoffier and Alan Dershowitz. The kitchen is on its fourth chef, Cedric Tovar, formerly of Daniel. His menu features new preparations of classic French dishes (tuna niçoise with olive aioli, Niman pork cheeks Provençale, cote de bœuf for two), as well as some more New American items (Maine lobster salad, risotto with sea scallops). The small dessert menu includes citrus panna cotta, a Valrhona “Mars Bars” made with chocolate mousse and a caramel-chocolate shell, and carrot cake with bourbon brown butter. If you have a choice, eat upstairs, where there is a second, more elegant, pocket-size bar (where a small plates menu is available alongside the house cocktails) and a stylish alfresco area, which is open during temperate weather.Note
The distilled tap water at Bobo comes with an optional $1 surcharge. Proceeds go to a charity that builds wells in Ethiopia.