Retro and chic meet casual and contemporary in the sweet-spot-hitting confines of Cameron Mitchell's newest creation. Here, two-person red booths, low amber lighting, wood-paneled walls bearing old-timey photographs and a seductive jazz soundtrack set the mood for an evening of old-school revelry fueled by classic cocktails. Overseeing the action is the kind of pampering and professional staff that has become Mitchell's calling card. The Avenue identifies as a “steak tavern,” so obviously beef is king. Prime cuts are mostly featured, but if seeking something leaner, the steak frites, served with terrific shoestring fries and a kicky chimichurri sauce, outpaces some of the heavy hitters. Vintage dishes also get their due, and you can't go wrong with the properly made French onion soup crowned by a hefty, blistered cheese cap, or the shrimp de Jonghe—about a half-dozen sweet and plump shellfish treated to a butter sauce and garlicky croutons. Prices are pretty much what you'd expect for this type of operation, but deals can be found under the “Tavern” heading, where flavorful sandwiches such as a nifty, Nashville-style crispy “hot chicken” biscuit are listed. For even bigger bargains, show up for The Avenue's recently announced happy hour. theavenuesteaktavern.com