My First Bite impressions of Rosendales' new downstairs bistro are in Thursday's Alive. Here's a few more thoughts:

* With prudent ordering strategies, you can eat for almost cheap here. Err on the side of under-ordering. The burger, lamb shank and chicken all delicious easily feed two when augmented by one or two of the extra-large and top-notch $5 a la carte side dishes. The pizza is on the small side, and might be better suited as a shared appetizer.

* A huge plus to dining at RMB is access to the great Upstairs at Rosendales wine list compiled by its all-star sommelier Chris Dillman; even its boutiquey wines by the glass selection which eclipses most places in town has gems on it like the unoaked LIOCO chardonnay which can make ABC drinkers (anything but chardonnay) change their minds.

* Though it's meant to be a more casual and food-sharing kind of place, depending on where you're seated, the minor redesign can make you feel more isolated (primarily in the high-backed, wood-blocky booths) and cut off from the general rhythm of the room. For that reason, it's probably more fun eating at the bar.