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Steve Cuozzo Pleasantly Surprised by Refreshed August Uptown

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The 10-year-old restaurant has weathered its move from Bleecker Street to the Upper East Side well.

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Today Steve Cuozzo is unexpectedly impressed by August, which was recently transplanted to the Upper East Side after 10 years in the West Village. To the Post critic, the menu is ambitious, and not your average bistro fare:

Hamachi crudo often brings on a snooze, but not here — the fish's natural oiliness is tempered by refreshing avocado mousse and lime sorbet.

I don't have a bad word about roasted duck-breast slices and a mighty, moist confit leg. Beyond unifying apricot purée, a tour of the plate revealed strong notes of juniper, turnips, orange and maple syrup — a dish tenuously poised between winter and spring, and flattering to both.

The main complaints are that the restaurant is loud, and that an Upper East Side location comes with Upper East Side prices (entrees in the $30 to $40 range). But overall it sounds like chef Josh Eden has pulled off the transition quite well. Cuozzo gives the restaurant two stars.

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791 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065 (212) 935-1433 Visit Website

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