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.