Park Bruges. As I understand it, Park Bruges is a 'sibling' or maybe 'cousin' to Point Brugge, a restaurant at which I have not dined because we don't think it is accessible. But Park Bruges is. It took us a little while to get there because of some traffic, but we finally got to Bryant Street, found on street parking, walked over, and were seated right away. I think we got the last available table, which was, conveniently, a table for two.
SP is not able to drink alcohol right now (taking a prescription medication) and I feel bad enjoying a cocktail if he cannot have one, so we skipped the beers and wines and ordered iced teas. This is the best iced tea I have had at a restaurant. I can't remember exactly what kind of tea the menu said their iced tea is, I think it was a Numi Organic tea, but it had lots of bergamot flavor, which I adore. Yes, bergamot usually means Earl Grey, but I know the description did not say Earl Grey, just an organic tea with bergamot. Delicious. Like many other restaurants these days, our server left a bottle of cold water on the table so that we could refill our water glasses as needed.
There are a lot of delicious sounding options on the menu. For an appetizer, we decided to share an order of Crab Beignets served with charred tomato remoulade:
He also enjoyed his frites. I tried some and they were fine. As I've said before, frites just aren't my thing. But these did have a nice crispy crunch.
I ordered Sautéed Chicken Breast with tomatoes, onions, artichoke hearts & mushrooms in a light wine sauce with herb risotto:
I really liked Park Bruges. I have read that it is more spacious than Point Brugge, but my first impression was that the tables were a bit close. This didn't turn out to be the case. Initial fears that we and the table next to us would be eavesdropping on each other proved unwarranted. Perhaps one cannot eavesdrop even in close proximity to others because the noise level does tend to get a bit loud, but not loud enough that SP & I couldn't talk to and hear each other.
I can't really comment on any crowds or wait time. We were seated next to the hostess station and I heard them talking about wait time, but since the accessible entrance is around on the side, I am not sure how many people were waiting in front for a table when we arrived/departed.
That being said, if there were people waiting, we didn't notice it because we didn't feel rushed by our server to quickly clear out so they could serve another party. Our server was very nice and friendly. She offered some suggestions on what to order, commented that she really liked the risotto in my dish, made sure our iced teas were filled, left us an extra bottle of water. She wasn't bothered by our lack of alcohol consumption (sometimes I feel that servers are not happy when you don't order alcohol because it keeps the bill and thus their tip lower, and I think they forget that some people don't or can't drink alcohol).
We enjoyed all of our food. Two appetizers, 2 iced teas, 2 entrees, and 1 dessert came to around $72 with tax/before tip.
We will definitely go back.