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The rich soup and the hunk of chicken left me too weary for dessert, but it took every bit of self-control not to be tempted by a sponge-cake roulade served with strawberry sorbet.
And on the subject of temptation: I winced only slightly when I saw the bill. Even without dessert, a dinner at Pierpont's is an expensive proposition. After all, it was the Pierpont's namesake, legendary financier J.P. Morgan, who said, "If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it." This just isn't the kind of restaurant where one quibbles with prices, regardless of where one sits.
Walnut and pear salad $6.50
Cashew-crusted halibut $27.95
Tournedos Lili, small plate $13.50
Blue-crab-and-sweet-corn bisque $6.95
Rotisserie half-chicken $18.95
Flourless chocolate-espresso torte $7
White-chocolate bread pudding $6.50