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There’s a small menu at L’Espalier’s Salon, a cozy lounge where you can order an amuse-bouche and cocktails before a formal meal. The Salon menu, which is significantly less expensive than the main dinner menu, consists of samplers and small plates. For $4 each, L'Espalier escargots or Apple Street Farm egg with American caviar. The samplers, which are a little larger in size, are $8 each and include wild mushroom ragout on toasted brioche and lobster with heirloom tomato, white onion purée and brown butter emulsion. The $15 plates are the biggest Salon option, and include seared Hudson Valley foie gras, lamb with roasted figs, fennel and olive oil purée or Archer Angus of Maine beef sirloin with zitoni pasta gratin and a poached quail egg. The best deal, in our opinion, is the Salon’s tasting menu, in which you can choose any three items for $20. The portions are, quite literally, small bites. Sharing doesn’t really work in the Salon (unless you choose the cheese plate, which is separate from the $20 tasting menu), so order appropriately according to your level of hunger.