Throw a dart (or jart, for the more outdoorsy)
along Park Avenue and if you don’t puncture
or impale a pedestrian, it will probably land
on a pretty decent oh-I’m-so-hip dining establishment
cramped with small booths and
a dozen or so outdoor tables under the majesty
of the famed Rochester clouds. I may be
awful at darts, but I stumbled across a little
place called Jine’s that may just be worth the
parking space scavenger hunt.
The food is great, but the place looks modest
enough not to make you feel like the snob
you may very well be if you enjoy fine dining.
It’s a sort of ritzy chicken-and-pasta-and-wine sort of place, so I ordered the Jine’s
chicken and pasta. It’s a boneless chicken
breast sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes,
mushrooms, artichoke hearts — and all sorts
of other fancy culinary things — served over
pasta with a white wine pesto sauce. $11.95
for a heap. To my ears and stomach, that
sounds like ‘buy one dinner, get tomorrow’s
lunch free.’ I fought hard to put a dent in
my plate and just found my eyes rolling
back into my head, fearful that I had loaded
myself up to the trachea with the flavorful
chicken and ziti noodles of this classy entrée.
But if Jine’s is too crowded or on fire or
incapacitated in any way, the wickedly cheap
Sinbad’s is within dart-throwing distance.
The great thing about Park Avenue is that if
Jine’s doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you
can find over a dozen variations of delicacy
and décor within a couple blocks.