The premise of this movie is rather simple - father/restaurant-owner/bookie wants to get out of the bookie business; son/chef who wants to take over the restaurant as part of growing up; young family friend in trouble with bookies.. BUT.. don't let that dissuade you from watching.
Except for the opening scene, the events of the movie all take place during one night and largely in one place when the conflicts built into the premise converge in the restaurant.
The cinematography is outstanding - the ballet of activity in the kitchen is wonderfully filmed
The acting is all top-notch. Even the minor characters (waiters, cooks, guests) deliver their roles well. The only drawback here is Sandra Bernhard as a food writer - she does schtick rather than acting.
The plot is simple and fairly predictable, but so was Casablanca which in some ways this movie's structure resembles.
Watch and enjoy.
Warning - eat a good meal first; the dinner scenes will make you hungry.