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Two dinners in Portsmouth - please help

Not your spot for pure, undadorned fresh seafood, but Black Trumpet might be a good choice for the "other" night. Creative and well-executed small dishes & entrees. Terrific cocktails.

Jul 23, 2014
Poindexter in Northern New England

Portland grub crawl--last stop(s)?

Heading down to Maine next month to stay on one of the islands in Casco Bay. For our grownups nite on the town, a half dozen of us plan to hit Eventide first (love this place!), then Duckfat (I know about the crowds at both; will get an early start). The question is where to go next for dessert & a nightcap? Could be one or two more stops. The only requirement is that it needs be relatively close to the ferry lest we get stranded.
Thx for any ideas...

Jul 16, 2014
Poindexter in Northern New England

NYC to Portland, ME

Consider a surf & turf approach: Plenty of great seafood IN Portland, but on the way there from NYC, I would hit BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge for some killer, real-deal barbecue .

Jul 07, 2014
Poindexter in Northern New England

Nice Westchester or Rockland place for Oysters- not too expensive

Check out Farmer and the Fish in Purdys. Outstanding cocktails and the seafood raw bar is impeccable. Lots of varieties of fresh oysters (east and west coast). Not necessarily cheap, but not over the top either.

Aug 14, 2013
Poindexter in New York State (exc. NYC)

Portsmouth Outdoor Waterfront Dining

You may want to check out Martingale Wharf Club in here. It has a terrific deck and we had a great dinner there a year ago.

Aug 07, 2013
Poindexter in Northern New England

Portland questions -- please help me out

If you want to celebrate at one somewhat fancier place, you might check out Bar Lola reviews in here. It's not inexpensive, but it is more of a locals hangout and is a notch or two down in price from some of the big names like Fore Street, Hugos etc.Their tasting menu is rated by many in here as very good value. (I haven't been but based on everything I have seen, am excited to have a ressy there late next month!).

Jul 24, 2013
Poindexter in Northern New England

Looking for stop off point 3 hours from NYC on way to Kennebunkport Maine

If you all are any sort of real-deal barbecue fans, I would suggest you consider BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge, Mass. You can check out the writeups in here. It's casual/kid friendly/reasonably quick (just off i-84, before you get on i-90/MassPike--ie. about 2 1/2 hours into your drive) and sublime.
Trust me on this for two reasons: I've done that drive two dozen times (from Northern Westchester) and I've been to all the BBQ meccas of Central Texas and find that BT's is in their league.

Jul 19, 2013
Poindexter in Southern New England

B.T. Smokehouse Southern Barbecue: The Real Deal in Sturbridge

Ahh, but Kreuz 's is in Lockhart, not Luling!
Next time you are in that area head south about 12 miles to Luling City Market where the brisket is sine qua none, in my humble opinion.
But BT's, in freaking Massachussets is right up there with em!

Jul 12, 2013
Poindexter in Southern New England

Purdys Farmer & The Fish

We went back for the second time ever this weekend and this place just gets better. They were busy, but the service seemed more in control this time and the food was fab. The seafood is, of course, impeccable, but what stood out this time was all the fresh greens they are coming up with now that it's warming up. One complaint--they would not do a half order for our youngster. We went early and there were a few other kids in the dining room, all on their best behavior, but they did not seem very welcoming of them--it's a nice place, but it ain't Per Se!

Apr 15, 2013
Poindexter in New York State (exc. NYC)

Food Trucks in Westchester?

You said "around Westchester" so hopefully I don't get in trouble for plugging the El Charrito yellow truck that is usually parked at Richmond Hill Ave. and Hwy 1 in west(!) Stamford. Justifiably famous and tasty tacos.
I believe they were featured on the food network about two years ago...

Mar 12, 2013
Poindexter in New York State (exc. NYC)
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What is a suitable substitute for Maraschino liqueur?

I tried to make an Aviation with kirsch and it wasn't the same--picked up some Luxardo the next day.

Dec 19, 2012
Poindexter in Spirits

Proper martini glasses

The WSJ recently addressed this topic http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001... and extolled the virtues of smaller glasses over birdbaths both for the sake of tradition and functionality. I quite agree. I recently picked up a brace if tiny little coupes and they are fantastic for martinis. Regardless of size, the cone shaped martini glass is problematic, IMO. It sloshes easily when you carry it--waiters can't stand 'em--and takes up too much room in the freezer and the dishwasher.

Dec 19, 2012
Poindexter in Spirits

Rye recs

Templeton and Bulleit are smooth and solid choices for Manhattans. I love Michters, but would describe it as more assertive: can't be beat for a sazerac, IMO.

Dec 19, 2012
Poindexter in Spirits

What to do with a few open (full) bottles of wine?

Rename them vinegar and use as such.

Dec 19, 2012
Poindexter in Home Cooking

Need dinner rec for Port Chester by Capitol Theater

You might consider bartaco, especially if you are in a big group such that you can get a resy (i think they take 'em for parties of 6 or more). The tacos are quite passable, though it's not the foodie destination others in here have recommended. It is, however, fun, close to the station and the Cap and easy with a group--you can just order a pitcher of tasty margaritas and ask the chef to prepare a large mixed tray of tacos and sides and augment that with additional orders, tapas style, if needed.

Dec 11, 2012
Poindexter in New York State (exc. NYC)

Need recs for small wedding in Westchester

Bedford Post has rooms and is very swish. May be worth considering, though it's more central WC than southern.

Dec 03, 2012
Poindexter in New York State (exc. NYC)

3 New places opening in Mt Kisco+ 1 New Japenese

"What's the differnece between that and greek food??"
Probably ~30% !

Dec 03, 2012
Poindexter in New York State (exc. NYC)

Purdys Farmer & The Fish

Terrific meal here this weekend. Went without reservations on a Friday night and had to badger the front desk a bit after the promised 30' wait had b/c 60', but waiting at the bar was fun and the cocktails well-built. Oysters and shrimp were fresh, cod entree was crusty on the outside but still tender inside and came with generous lobstah chunks. Escarole contorni was well imagined. Nice wines by the glass. I sampled Ms. Poindexter's white chocolate bread pudding, which I never would have ordered in a million years, and it was spectacular.
Great old space.
Boisterous and loud, but I don't mind that when I go out--plenty of comfortable & quiet places in Westchester with insipid food and patrons...

Dec 03, 2012
Poindexter in New York State (exc. NYC)

the various "moonshines", comments please

Oh, and my dad cooks moonshine in Sweden but you don't want to try it b./c it is bloody awful.

Nov 15, 2012
Poindexter in Spirits

the various "moonshines", comments please

I have a taste for Ransom WhipperSnapper. It's pot distilled and made from a combination of corn and barley spirits. It is aged for about a year, which may disqualify it as "moonshine," but it's still plenty raw and funky and looks old timey in the bottle.

Nov 15, 2012
Poindexter in Spirits

Greenwich, CT: Dinner for 4, Recs Needed

I would second the rec for Lolita, which is in nearby Byram/Portchester--it's got a sexxy Mexican bordello vibe, pumping DJ music on weekends and the food is creative if not exactly authentic. You prolly need a resy.
Polpo is great, but I wouldn't describe it as energetic. Dunno Morello Bistro. Tapas at Barcelona can be fun--cougar central after 9pm. Also check out Bartaco in Port Chester.

Nov 15, 2012
Poindexter in Southern New England

B.T. Smokehouse Southern Barbecue: The Real Deal in Sturbridge

Wow! Just wow!
We stumbled upon this place en route NYC to NH, a drive I've made dozens of times, but always in the morning rather than BBQ o'clock. Found & located it on Google maps and we were expecting--and probably would have been content with, since needs must when you're on the road--a Famous Daves type experience.
The Harleys, pickups and giant smoker in the parking lot and the tubs of spicy pickled wonderments on the counter next to the cash register suggested we were in store for something much different. The beans were black and undercooked and could have used a different species of bean coupled with some burnt ends. The hush puppies were nicely spicy and serviceable. The mac & cheese our neighbors got looked sublime. And aforementioned pickled delights/relishes and their sauces were really good. Next time I've gotta try some ribs.
But the brisket. Oh my.
Moist, fatty, tender, smokey like the Lord intended it to be.
As I wrote on the wall of the men's room (which is cool since it's blackboard and chalk is provided): "Best brisket east of Luling, Texas!"
Those who know barbecue will know that that's heady praise, indeed.

Nov 14, 2012
Poindexter in Southern New England

Martingale Wharf Club opening in Portsmouth NH

We had a terrific meal here this weekend. Imaginitive, well-built cocktails with respect for the classics, beautiful oysters and a cod fillet baked in the richest, smokiest tastiest bacon evah. Attentive service; everyone at our table was pleased.

Sep 03, 2012
Poindexter in Northern New England

Good kid-friendly diners or restaurants nearish Pound Ridge?

We live in PR and the choices for families are, indeed, limited. Blazer Pub, up toward Purdy's is very good, fun & family friendly. It's a pleasant drive too. My one complaint is that there isn't a kids menu and the adult portions are huge. But you can order soups or apps for the youngsters.
Bar Taco in Port Chester or Stamford (equidistant from 10576) is also fun & loud & kid friendly. We also like Village Social in Mt kisco. The food's mostly just OK (keep your order simple) but it's comfortable and kid friendly and the cocktails are terrific.

Jul 22, 2012
Poindexter in New York State (exc. NYC)

Hayman's Old Tom Gin

The Ransom Old Tom is terrific! Makes a mean Martinez and a meaner Pegu Club cocktail.

Nov 09, 2011
Poindexter in Spirits

American aperitifs for French friends

The sazerac--a New Orleans original made with American rye and French Pernod--might set the right tone of bonhommie:
Chill cocktail glasses thoroughly
Shake 2 parts rye, 1/2 part simple syrup (optional, but important IMO, especially if they aren't serious drinkers; some podered sugar could substitute) and two dashes Peychauds bitters.
Put a few drops of the Pernod in chilled glass, tilt to completely coat the sides & pour off excess (or pour into next glass to be coated). Add contents of shaker and garnish with lemon twists.
--salut

Nov 09, 2011
Poindexter in Spirits

Manhattan Cocktail Advice

I'd say you're off to a pretty credible start. I agree with the poster who suggested you try a "perfect" Manhattan (1/2 sweet and 1/2 dry vermouth). Garnish that with a lemon twist and not a cherry & see what you think. And I wholly endorse using rye. I've not tried Templeton. Bulleit rye is good and Michters is better, IMO.--cheers

Nov 09, 2011
Poindexter in Spirits

Lower end Scotch tastes

I will second (third? fourth?) those steering you to Famous Grouse @ your price point. The blend includes two fine highland malts: Macallan and Highland Park.
I'm less sure about the recs for Black Grouse. I'm personally a big fan of smokey/peatey Islay scotch (Talisker!! Laphroiag!), but it's a different taste and will be a bigger departure from your Chivas.

Feb 17, 2011
Poindexter in Spirits

Village Social Mt Kisco

So I'm feeling a bit like Chevy Chase: Our top story tonight: Village Social is still good...
Went here last-minute on Friday when Ms. Poindexter declared a cooking moratorium and it was such a pleasant, relaxing visit that I had to return and extoll the virtues of this neighborhood place. First of all, they really know their chops behind the bar. I usually call out my drinks, but was intrigued by the "Soul Power" on their menu--a French 75 made with Hendricks Gin and St. Germain. It did not disappoint.
We started with the wild boar sausage pizza and it was really nice--wild tasting, yes, but not at all gamey. I then had a burger that was quite serviceable though perhaps a bit dry, accompanied by fries that were sublime--hot & crisp outside and cushiony within. They also took good care of our youngster (4). In fact, the early seating was sort of a Romper Room scene. There are no crayons and no kids menu, but more importantly they will do smaller portion and the place was buzzing such that, while we could hear each other, we couldn't hear other kids and they would not have heard ours. By the time we left, the kids were mostly gone and the singles & couples--who had been in the bar, which is spearate from the dining room--were taking over.
A comfortable and reliable neighborhood joint with good drinks & well-prepared-if-not-inspired food will keep us coming back.

Feb 07, 2011
Poindexter in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mixing cognac?

I was out of Hennessy, so I recently made a brace of French 75s with gin (both are perfectly acceptable) and it was outstanding. I'm really looking forward to making them with brandy or cognac once I replenish...

Feb 04, 2011
Poindexter in Spirits