It's the place to go for upscale Italian fare in the Warehouse District.. The Scene Enormous windows, romantic lighting and art envelope the dining area. The intimate bar is usually packed with an upscale clientele ranging from 20-somethings to baby boomers. Particularly on weekend nights, the wait can be long, even if you have a reservation. Once seated, you'll find the waitstaff attentive and well-versed in the extensive wine list and the dishes on the menu.
The Food Wood-grilled seafood, steaks and house specialties like the osso buco pasta are complemented by a selection of sauces; everything's as good as you'd expect, but a bit pricey. Start with a pizza as an appetizer, or try the poached-pear or Caesar salad. Sides are strictly a la carte, and the grilled asparagus is a must with dinner. Vegetarians don't have much of a selection; they'll have to subsist on warm bread and sides.
Oysters and Guinness.
The Metropolitan competes only with Blue Pointe, its neighbor across the street, for the best fresh oyster plates in the city. There are at least four varieties of oysters on the halfshell offered daily, served by the half dozen or the dozen (but you may want to order even more); your server will be able to tell you where they're from and whether they're briny, mild or sweet -- as well as which beverage to enjoy with each type. Happily, one of those beverages can be Guinness, a perfect accompaniment even though they serve it only by the can.