Corton occupies the former home of Montrachet, Drew Nieporent's famed French restaurant
in TriBeCa. The dining room now features white walls accented with vines and leaves, high ceilings and a light color scheme. Chef Paul Liebrandt, who counts Pierre Gagnaire as a major influence, presents a three-course prix-fixe menu ($85), as well as a chef's tasting menu ($145). Young vegetables and seasonal herbs are artistically assembled in the colorful dish "From the Garden." A taste of the sea might follow with hamachi with avocado, cucumber and violet mustard. For main dishes, butter-poached Maine lobster pairs up with heirloom beets, Parmesan crumble and bergamot, while fig, Comt? and black olive oil might accompany tender Painted Hills beef. Desserts might include a clafoutis with sour plum, lemon verbena and Black Mission figs. The French-focused wine list highlights selections from Corton, the largest area of Grand Cru in Burgundy and also the restaurant's namesake. More than a dozen whiskies comprise the bulk of the spirits selection, which also includes Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, grappa and eau de vie. The overall experience is reminiscent of top tables on the other side of the Atlantic. In fact, the service might be as professional as any of the finest restaurants in France, although it comes off as a bit stiff for this day and age.