When I first heard that our group was eating at a restaurant called Recess, I immediately thought of a playground.
As it turns out, the chef decided to name the joint Recess because that's how he feels when he's in the kitchen creating new dishes.
Unlike most restaurants, Recess offers a new á la carte menu daily, which definitely spices things up. They also offer wine pairings to go along with each dish. Of course if you have a food allergy, the chef will alter each course to your preference.
Despite the fancy food, the ambiance is very urban in nature. I could also tell that there were a lot of locals here because many of the diners briefly chatted with each other before taking their seats.