A hot reservation from the day it opened, Spruce caters to the social set, with the older crowd sliding into oversized faux ostrich leather chairs for an early dinner and the younger set appearing after 8. There's also quite the lunch club during the week. The large space, an auto barn from the 1930s, contains a high-style dining room and a more casual bar and library lounge. Charcuterie, bavette steak with bordelaise sauce and duck-fat potatoes, and sweetbreads reflect
the modern American menu's French leanings. The wine list, a star here, provides special delights for Riesling fans. If you can't wrangle a table, stop by the take-out café next door, which in addition to sandwiches, salads, and pastries (like the exquisite palmiers) will supply anything from the dining room menu. If you're watching your pocketbook, you can graze off the bar menu—which includes an excellent burger and boudin blanc (white sausage)—and over a well-crafted cocktail watch the swells come and go.