Formerly: In a dining room anchored with a grand piano, filled with wine-colored banquettes and topped with a Phantom-of-the-Opera-size chandelier, Exposure Supper Club diners are presented with fittingly show-stopping flavors. The deceptively simple-sounding bistro salad comes served in a basket made of crisp potatoes and has a poached egg tucked into its parmesan vinaigrette-smothered leaves. A menu of small cold plates offers salmon cured in Grey Goose vodka (how's that for a top-shelf marinade?); the small hot plates selection has savory standouts like crisp Asian calamari, tossed with peanuts and pineapple and whimsically served in a Chinese-takeout box. There's also plenty to surprise the palate on the restaurant's large plates menu (like crab-stuffed jumbo shrimp served with the glamorously-titled chive pesto pearl cous cous), and the late-night menu features what is surely the city's (country's?) only red chili and lavender popcorn.
There's even more in the menu department: Exposure's raw bar, tucked into the restaurant's mural-lined main bar, slings out everything from ceviche to osetra caviar and middleneck clams. Black bottom creme brulee and peach and berry cobbler make appearances on the dessert menu, and the cocktail list covers martinis, mixed champagne drinks and fruit-studded mojitos. An average tab for three courses (without liquor, alas) will run about $30.
Exposure's endless array of menu options has the capacity to cater to an endless crowd; the 14,000 square foot, bi-level space can seat up to 600 guests.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg