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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Carpe Diem Restaurant Review: There are many ways to enjoy the menu at Carpe Diem --- the tapas and appetizers that are of sufficient size to serve as small mains are high points. French fries with sour cream sauce (at dinner only) make a rib-sticking starter, but we found the calamari slightly over-fried on our last visit. Sandwiches and pasta dishes are value-driven. A huge croque monsieur features shaved roast pork loin instead of the traditional ham, and gets an uptick from a truffle béchamel sauce. The niçoise salad is a classic arrangement of mixed greens topped with sashimi-grade tuna. Most entrées are either grilled or pan-seared, although there is a coq au vin (served, oddly, with spaghettini). Brunch’s many good dishes include our favorite, the salmon Benedict. The reasonably priced wine list is pretty adventurous, and most reds are served at cellar temperature, a standard this establishment preserves, correctly in our view. Desserts are mostly cakes and pastries. The patio is one of the city's best for al fresco dining. Ask about the three-course prix-fixe menu for $25 per person.