You know all about The Pearl, Cameron Mitchell's much-hyped gastropub/oyster bar, right? Suffice it to say this place is as stunning as promised.

You know all about The Pearl, Cameron Mitchell's much-hyped gastropub/oyster bar, right? Suffice it to say this place is as stunning as promised (even if it does remind me a whole lot of similar places I've loved on the West Coast). When a company like that puts this much time and energy into a new concept, you know it's going to be one of those places that's a slam dunk from opening day on. And The Pearl, indeed, felt like it'd been there for years on opening night.

I'll talk about the food another time, but first let's just peek inside this place. As you ogle the photos above, here are a few of the details that sets the Pearl apart from the rest of the scene:

--The space feels much more open than Burgundy Room ever did, with that space's cozy booths and fireplaces ditched for airy see-through walls and a neat open kitchen.

--The lighting is perfect, and I don't say that often. It's created through a combination of bare filament lightbulbs and plenty of candlelight, casting everything in a lovely yellow glow.

--The bar is suitably well-stocked, and staffed by cadre of impeccably bearded (and vested) bartenders who look like they were stolen from Portland.

--Antique-style touches abound, like ornate silverware, mismatched cocktail glassware (and punch bowls!), and apothecary bottles at the bar.

--Checks are delivered in old hardcover books. Fun!