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Poughkeepsie/New Paltz Beer Bar/ Brasserie etc....

1. Bacchus in New Paltz has a world class beer list and had some pretty interesting food on a recent late afternoon visit. http://www.bacchusnewpaltz.com/
2. Rock & Rye is solid and our go to for dinner when we are in the area. Good beer list & v.g. food. More of an upscale dining experience, for sure and quaint/inn-like surroundings.
3. Mountain Brauhaus is a family-style traditional German restaurant right outside of New Paltz. If you like German beer, this is your place. http://www.mountainbrauhaus.com/

Mar 03, 2014
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

Inn at Pound Ridge open

Was JG Inn at PR for dinner on the Sunday evening before President's Day. The place is stunning; the modern furnishings and lights somehow work with the original elements such as the floors, brick and fireplaces. We sat upstairs on the main level. They are definitely in the throes of opening, i.e., even though we were on time for our 6:30 we were "invited" to have a cocktail at the small, crowded bar. This was not particularly surprising or distressing.
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> We were seated after only about 10-15 min., so that wasn't bad, but then we were seated in a crowded 2-top on a banquette. One member of the couple next to us was literally looking right at us as they were on the curved end of the banquette. It was tight enough that you had to acknowledge each other and engage in a bit of chit chat, which will not be up everyone's alley.
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> On to the food. For starters, my husband had the charcuterie and cheese board, which was plentiful and artfully prepared. First rate ingredients and enough for 2. I had a tuna tartare/avocado/radish in a soy sauce which was quite good, but his choice drew the commentary of our cozy neighbors. For entrees, I had the grilled lamb chops in a chili glaze/broccoli rabe which was great, but a small portion size. My husband had the Scottish salmon, potato puree, brussels, which was good, but also small. We shared the cookie plate for dessert, which turned out not to be so much of a sharing sized portion, once again. We are hearty eaters, however.
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> Service was young and a bit nervous, but not bad. A maitre d' was visible and kept an eye on things. Noise level was not too loud, considering the amount of wood in the room and that every table was packed. One member of the staff seemed to have the job of circling the room making notes of where everyone was in their meal so that they could time the turnover. The wine list seemed a bit expensive to me, but not over the top, I guess, for a star chef and the neighborhood.
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> As mentioned by other posters, they still hadn't quite figured out the parking situation despite there being several valets. We probably waited a good 15 min. for our car on the way out.
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> We will likely go back, but will give them a little more time to settle in.

Mar 03, 2014
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

Sala on Hudson in Croton

A shame; seems to be an ill-fated location. Fewer and fewer choices around the 'hood these days.

Jan 15, 2014
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

keenan house kitchen & tap room- ossining

My husband have had dinner 2x at the bar and have had favorable experiences. The beer list is truly extensive for No. Westchester and they are served cold and in proper glassware, which is very important to the beer geek crowd, ourselves amongst them. Randy is a good and professional bartender from White Plains beer-centric establishments. The pretzel roll starter with honey mustard was tasty, if a tad pricey, for the portion size. The grilled octopus salad was a winner as was the crab cake appetizer. The latter was almost entrée-sized and filled with fresh crab, not lots of breadcrumb filler that often plagues alleged crab cakes. My husband had the roasted beet, arugula, date and goat cheese salad as an appie on our first visit, which was both incredibly tasty and beautifully presented. My first entrée was a Berkshire pork chop special that was outrageously flavorful and tender - a rarity these days when so much pork is bland and dry. The more recent entrée was salmon with Israeli couscous and broccoli rabe sides. It was all fabulously prepared, fresh and delicious. My husband opted for the Gorgonzola chicken sandwich and fries on our most recent visit and was quite satisfied; he was not so thrilled with the prior sausage and broccoli rabe sandwich as the meat was more ground up in texture when he was expecting more of the classic Italian sliced sausage. But, in all, we are very happy with our two experiences at Keenan's and will be back for more. Great to have such a nice option in Ossining! Long overdue.

May 13, 2013
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

Great caterer in Westchester County

Thanks for the recommendation! What's her contact info/website/price point?

Dec 04, 2012
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

Gleasons in Peekskill: Reviews?

Gleason's is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots in No. Westchester. The pizzas are outstanding -- fresh ingredients, crispy and served piping hot, but the specials always manage to surprise and delight, too. We were in last night and my Queens-born and bred husband (read reared on great NYC pie) raved about the Peperone "flatbread" pie, which features prosciutto cotto, mozzarella and roasted red peppers.There's a lot more than pizza and good beer, so don't be put off by the smaller menu. The specials are always interesting and provide a wider range of choice. The regular menu features some pasta, not my usual choice when dining out, but the sophisticated orecchiette with lamb ragu and ricotta is too good to pass up. A nice wines by the glass menu complements the pasta offerings. The friendly service at the bar, courtesy of Gary and Jason, tops off a great neighborhood addition. There are also some pretty sophisticated cocktails beeing mixed at the bar with fresh and original ingredients...all this is Peekskill? Wow.

Nov 25, 2012
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

Happy to report a very nice experience on a Sat. evening at Hudson. Starters of sweetbreads and a bibb lettuce salad were delicious. We had the steaks with sides of fries and broccoli rabe. The sun setting over the river is really stunning and the room is elegant and the bar area cozy and buzzing with a good crowd. There is now a bar menu, a list of cocktails and a good selection of wines by the glass including a nice rose cava that hit the right note on a warm evening. We found the staff, right down to the valet parking guys, to be bending over backwards to be welcoming. The senior staff is very professional, hailing from the Castle in Tarrytown. The sommelier was not only helpful with our wine selection, he was charming and fun to talk to. The owner, a local resident, made the rounds at each table, sharing the history of the estate and the work that's gone in to renovate the space when asked. Granted, the main dining room is a higher price point, but there's a ton of potential for this place and the area can certainly stand an upscale fine dining option in such a spectacular setting.

Jun 03, 2012
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

drinks and eats on 65 mile bike ride (Brewster to NYC)

Yes, Turco's market in Yorktown could be a good bike stop as they do have sit down tables and a public restroom -- always a plus on a long ride. They even have bike racks outside. There's also a cozy Starbucks in Yorktown just steps off the bike path. Decent rest room there, too, as well as bike racks.

Apr 09, 2012
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fun restaurant with great food in Westchester?

There's a relatively new Turkish/Russian place in Hartsdale called Bosphorus that has belly dancing on certain nights (believe Fridays) and the food is fresh, great and reasonably priced. Had a variety of meze to start recently followed by the grilled burata...fabulous. Valet parking, too. Judging from the crowd on a recent Sat., word is out. Call for a res.
http://www.bosrest.com/

Nov 15, 2011
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

Farmer's Cabinet

Had dinner there last night solo while on a business trip to Philly. Was excited to see many non-run of the mill draft choices, including a couple of excellent Belgians and a great domestic, Port Brewing Co.'s Mongo IPA (scored A- on Beer Advocate website). Started with an excellent frisee salad served with lardons and melted leeks. Outstanding. Ordered the rabbit 2 ways and was bummed out when it was served to me before I even finished the salad. Granted, the place was pretty empty on a Tues. night, but professional pacing is expected when paying hefty tabs. The rabbit was ok...a bit underseasoned and the portion was small for $26. Heavy cherry sauce/accompaniment was a bit too sweet.

Had to ask for bread (a tad stale and I really don't want apricot chunks in my bread) and water even though I was sitting right at the bar next to a service station where the overly populous for the thin crowd waitstaff chatted about, "what a drag it is when customers ask you for your first name and keep calling out for you." The bill was also wrong, with a charge for a beer previously settled up. Maybe the blaring 1930's ragtime soundtrack is distracting the attractive staff. I'd probably go back, but strictly for the beer/salumi/cheese small plate selection.

May 04, 2011
jmtoconnor in Philadelphia

Thyme in Cortlandt Manor

MDH and I stopped in for dinner on a Jan. Sun. evening figuring that the crowds might be thinner. Wrong. Place was packed, so we opted for dinner at the bar. I had the butternut squash soup starter and husband had the shrimp cocktail. Both OK, but 3 shrimp seems a bit skimpy for $12. I had the tuna for the entree while husband went for the pizza margherita. Both good. Pizza is light with a nice crust, almost phyllo-like. Could easily be shared as an appetizer by 2 hungry hounds. Apple crumb dessert with vanilla gelato v.g., as was the wine list. Like many Westchester restaurants bestowed a great NYT review, service was stressed, but Michael at the bar made it an overall good experience. We'll give it another shot.

Feb 01, 2011
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

Holiday Dinner - Party of 8 Non-Tourists

Looking for some ideas on where to dine with a large party of old, dear native NYer friends who like to eat and drink well. Night out will be a Sat. night right before Xmas. Hoping for a place that won't be a total din to scream above. Max of about $300 per couple all in. Ideas?

Nov 09, 2010
jmtoconnor in Manhattan

Anyone Tried Day Boat Cafe in Irvington Yet?

Saw this new place listed on Open Table and wondered if any hounds have checked it out yet? Website isn't really up yet.
http://www.opentable.com/day-boat-caf...

Mar 17, 2010
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

whats good food in yorktown heights?

Hey DMA1250...I think that your assessment of the Yorktown choices was dead on, so you might like Jennifer's. My husband and I are regulars. Place isn't fancy, but food is amazingly consistent, Spaten draft can't be beat and service is excellent. Stand out dishes include stuffed pork tenderloin, rack of lamb, beef roulade. Price of meal includes a salad, so many forgo the appetizer. Warm, family run place. Reservations a must for Sat. night as word is out.

Mar 17, 2010
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

Seattle Fine Dining with Great Beer List?

NYC hounds are heading to Seattle as first timers on Labor Day weekend '09. Looking for a couple of foodie restaurant must visits -- ideally with beer lists to satisfy hop head hubby with a strong taste for IPAs and Belgian style beers. We will, of course, do local brewpubs, too, but I like to have a nice dinner or two on the itinerary. Thanks!

Jul 28, 2009
jmtoconnor in Pacific Northwest

Emerson Inn, Mt. Tremper (woodstock) - any reviews?

The restaurant at the Emerson Resort & Spa (official name) is called The Phoenix. Was there last weekend (8/08) and the food was very good. Service was a little trippy (as to be expected, given proximity to Woodstock?), but the food quality & presentation could not be faulted. The duck entree was outrageously good...my companion also had a peanut crusted scallop appetizer that was truly fabulous. The steward's wine recommendation was spot on & not intended to inflate the tab.

We stayed as guests at the Lodge section of the Emerson and, as such, had breakfast included. The Sunday brunch is quite a spread and enjoyable. Nearby Peekamoose was our dinner choice Sat. evening. Cool place, with outdoor deck and fire pit off the bar area, but busy and noisy on a summer weekend night. Service was a bit overwhelmed, but we were not in a rush and the service was sincere and the food was good. Pork entree was notably v.g., skirt steak entree was solid. Portions were generous. Nice bar atmosphere for pre- or post-dinner cocktail or local microbrew.

Impt. note: if staying at the Emerson, check out massage by Thomas -- fantastic!

Aug 20, 2008
jmtoconnor in General Tristate Archive

Opening Set for Half Moon - Dobbs Ferry

Half moon or half as*ed was our question about the service in the inarguably well placed and probably even well-intentioned venue on the Hudson. After a 20 min. wait at the bar past our appointed 7:30, we re-approached the hostess who was more than delighted to seat us as our table had been, "ready for 15 minutes." No one had come to let us know or suggested that we check back. Once seated, service was way too fast, so definitely pace your evening by ordering your appies or tapas well before placing your entree order. Duck tacos, tuna nachos, grilled shrimp and potato croquettes were all great. Mixed grill planchas (entrees) was where the disappointment set in -- tough to discern the veal from the pork. Lamb chop was the only decent thing on the plate. For dessert, chocolate bread pudding and aforementioned $16 shareable ice cream sandwich were delicious and very well received. Coffee service was highly confused, with decafs mixed with regulars instilling 0 confidence in a jitter-free night and annoyances like having to ask for sugar. All in all, spotty, nothing to hurry back to.

Jun 21, 2008
jmtoconnor in General Tristate Archive

Is there decent food shopping in/near Peekskill NY??

If you missed Zephs', you missed the best one of the best restaurants in all of Westchester. Housed in a historic mill building on an unassuming sidestreet in Peekskill. Consistently wonderful food, great hospitality, reasonable wine list and good service. Not flashy, not pretentious, but great food in the 10+ years that we've lived here. Their backyard garden is coming into bloom, so summer's a great time to visit. Give us another try.

Jun 11, 2008
jmtoconnor in New York State (exc. NYC)

Depuy Canal House... Any recent experiences?

Was there in 8/07 and sorry to report that it was a major disappointment on food and total service fiasco...for a birthday celebration. No one was at the maitre'd stand for a good while upon our arrival. We eventually stopped a server and had to ask if someone would be coming to seat us. When someone showed up, despite our reservation, she was confused about where to seat us (and told us that "our" table was already occupied, but that she would "try" to find us another). Unmatched cutlery on a smallish substitute table, long wait for drinks (then server returns to report they were out of a requested beer), mediocre tepid food, wrong bottle of wine brought to table. Capped off when server gave our bill to diners at next table. If only they would have paid...

May 06, 2008
jmtoconnor in General Tristate Archive

Holy Smoke in Mahopac?

We've become semi-regulars because darling husband is a major beer afficianado. Beer selection is outstanding -- 18 taps + bottles from all over the world and some very rare finds. Food isn't bad at all...great homemade chorizo platter is one of the more interesting offerings beyond the to be expected chicken and ribs. Portions are huge & features a kiddie menu. We tend to hang at the bar and have dinner there to avoid the louder crush in the back. Nice outdoor seating in summer, too.

Mar 25, 2008
jmtoconnor in General Tristate Archive

Ravenna in Peekskill/Cortlandt? Closed?!

Great news...Ravenna has reopened. Expanded menu with more traditional red-checker tablecloth type entrees to leverage attached Amicia pizzeria (chicken parm, ziti, etc.), but also many of the great specials that made Ravenna top notch in No. Westchester. Same waitstaff, too. Welcome back!

Mar 23, 2008
jmtoconnor in General Tristate Archive

Monteverde in Cortlandt Manor

New chef recently opened a place in NYC (Allen & Delancey), so active presence at Monterverde may not be fulltime? My service experiences at Monteverde have been very poor (inexperienced and lame to the point of laughable -- until the check came), so I would investigate throughly...location is fabulous, however. Eat there a few times and test the waters.

Mar 17, 2008
jmtoconnor in General Tristate Archive

A Maui Must

Spent a recent week (3/08) in Wailea, left a lot poorer, but didn't find any musts. Seawatch on the golf course has great views, but was not impressive...almost catering hall feel to the service. Longhi's serves a great veal chop and filet mignon, but everything is a la carte ($12 for steamed veggies) and overpriced mediocre salad pushed tab into stratosphere.

Mar 17, 2008
jmtoconnor in Hawaii