Farmstead Flatbread {Queensbury}

We were hungry after a long, fun-filled day at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, NY.  In an attempt to avoid another amusement park meal, we stumbled upon Farmstead Flatbread.  The restaurant, located on Rt. 9, is only a few blocks south of Great Escape.  Originally known as Sutton’s Marketplace, after 40 years the restaurant re-branded and became Farmstead Flatbread.

When you enter the restaurant, you encounter a large bar and pool table.  It’s a great space for hanging out and grabbing a drink.  Outdoor seating is available and perfect for dining al fresco. The main dining area is spacious and has a casual vibe.  Strands of lights are strung across the ceiling and the deep gray walls are adorned with a mix of farm tools and wall hangings.

As soon as we saw the regional beer and locally-sourced dinner menus, my husband commented that this was “our kind of restaurant!”  Their extensive beer menu has 20 craft beers on tap that change regularly.

The real star of the restaurant is the hearth oven located in the dining area of the restaurant.  Guests can watch, either up close or from their table, as the chefs assemble and cook their flatbreads.  The menu features nine different flatbreads to choose from.  Or, you can create your own.  The restaurant uses organic and locally-sourced ingredients on the flatbreads including Lake George Olive Oil Company olive oil, organic tomato sauce, house made nitrate free sausage, and Nettle Meadow goat cheese.

Between the four of us, we shared the seasonal salad, and two small flatbreads. The seasonal salad at the time was a Greek Salad with romaine, Greek-style feta cheese, peppercinis, red onions and local cucumbers tossed in a house-made Greek dressing.  The salad tasted really fresh and the crumbled Greek-style feta was amazing!  If you aren’t in the mood for a salad, Farmstead Flatbread also serves wings.  They are lightly fried and made with a house rub.  You only have to choose the number of wings you want and the type of sauce (mild, medium, hot, BBQ or the flavor of the day).

The flatbreads come in two sizes, small and large.  It was difficult deciding which ones to get, but we finally agreed on a small “Cultivator” and a small “Grazer” flatbread.  The “Cultivator” (pictured at the top of the above picture) included organic tomato sauce, Italian cheeses, house-made meatballs, basil pesto and spinach.  The “Grazer” included organic tomato sauce, Italian cheese, peppers, red onions and nitrate free sausage.  Let me tell you, we were not disappointed with our decisions.  Both flatbreads were delicious with great combinations of flavors!  Unfortunately, when traveling, we can’t take leftovers with us.  So we might have finished both flatbreads.  It was a tough job, but someone had to do it!

We were too full after dinner to even think about dessert and just requested the check.  The staff were friendly and attentive throughout the meal, checking in and refilling water glasses. On Sundays, they have an amazing looking brunch menu that is served from 10 AM to 3 PM.  I wish I lived closer so I could try it out!  If you’re dining between the hours of 11:15 AM – 5:30 PM you can head upstairs and check out Starla’s Shoppe for gifts, jewelry, unique toys and more.

If you are looking for a family-friendly, delicious dining experience in the Queensbury/Lake George area, I highly recommend Farmstead Flatbread.

The Details:

Farmstead Flatbread
1066 State Route 9
Queensbury, NY 12804
(518) 741-6911

Hours:  11:30 AM – 9:00 PM, Monday – Thursday
11:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday – Saturday
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday

Parking:  Free parking in lot adjacent to restaurant

Cost:  Small flatbreads range from $9.25 – $13.75, large flatbreads range from $15.00 – $22.75.  Beers range in price from $5-$7 per 16 oz. draft. (Credit cards are accepted)

Ravenous Creperie {Saratoga Springs}

On a recent visit to Saratoga Springs the kids and I were wandering down Phila Street looking for lunch.  Many of the restaurants have menus posted outside with most offering the usual burgers, salads and sandwiches.  When we stopped to look at the Ravenous Creperie menu, the kids unanimously voted that we eat lunch here.

Ravenous Creperie is locally-owned and serves lunch, dinner and brunch.  We visited on a Tuesday afternoon and arrived at 12:15, prime lunchtime.  The restaurant space is small and cozy and it was packed!  There are several tables in the middle dining space that can be pushed together to seat a larger group.  There is also counter seating with a great view of the crepes being made and window counter seats with views of the street.  We had to wait a few minutes to be seated and were given three seats at the window counter.

This was our first time eating at a creperie and we were not disappointed!  I told the kids that we’d split a savory and a sweet crepe and either an order of pommes frites or poutine.  
The pommes frites are a popular starter.  As I looked around the restaurant, almost every table had a paper cone atop it filled with the frites.  But, the kids opted for poutine, and I wasn’t complaining about that!   We ordered the petite-sized poutine.  The ceramic dish was filled with crispy hand-cut pommes frites topped with locally-sourced cheddar curds and a house-made gravy.  We devoured this in no time!

The savory menu has a crepe for every palate including several vegetarian options.  They also offer a daily crepe special, which was a kale and white bean crepe the day of our visit.  If I was ordering a crepe, I would have chosen the Monterey Short Rib (braised black Angus short rib with caramelized onions, diced tomatoes and Monterey jack cheese) or the Upper West Sider (Smoked Atlantic salmon, cream cheese and a choice of scallions or capers).  However, the kids decided on the Mama Mia.  Although it’s difficult to see in the picture, this crepe was filled with Herb and Romano sausage, roasted peppers and onions, mozzarella and a tomato-garlic reduction. All savory crepes are served with a salad of mixed greens that is dressed with Saratoga Olive Oil & aged Balsamic Vinegar.  This is only half the crepe and salad, as my daughter had already started eating the other half!  The savory crepes are served in what looked and tasted like a wrap, versus a traditional crepe, which wouldn’t have been able to hold all of the tasty filling.  The Mama Mia crepe is kid-approved.  My two were very happy with their crepe pick!  There was plenty of filling and the sausage was flavorful but not spicy.

The sweet crepe menu has twelve different crepes to choose from which include everything from fresh strawberries, lemon curd, chocolate-hazelnut spread, fruit jam, Ghiradelli brownie and more!  Four of the crepes come in a petite size, for those looking for just a little something sweet to end their meal.  The kids opted for the Pommes & Caramel crepe (Maple glazed apples and house-made sea salt caramel).  This crepe was delicious!  Caramel and apples are a great combo and we could taste the sea salt pieces in the caramel.  While this dessert was sweet, it wasn’t overly-so.

I shared these three dishes with my two children, ages 9 and 11.  We left satisfied but not stuffed.

Ravenous Creperie has a prix fixe menu where you can get a small pommes frites with dipping sauce, a choice of one of three different classic crepes and a petite sweet all for $16.99/person.

For those local, they have a Rewards program, where you can earn points for every dollar spent.  Online ordering is also available (with pickup only, no delivery).

If you are in the Saratoga Springs area, I highly recommend stopping by Ravenous Creperie for some tasty eats!

The Details:
Ravenous Creperie
21 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 581-0560

Hours:  
Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Thursday:  11 AM – 8 PM
Friday:  11 AM – 9 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 9 PM
Sunday:  9 AM – 8 PM

Prices:  Most savory crepes are priced between $12-$14, most sweet crepes are priced between $6.59 and $8.59. Petite sweets (mini sweet crepes) cost $2.99.   Pommes Frites come in small, medium and large sizes ($3.49-$6.99) and poutine comes in petite ($5.99) and regular ($7.99) sizes.

Conveyor Belt Sushi at east Japanese Restaurant {Updated}

Conveyor belt sushi used to be a rare dining experience that I only saw on television.  Luckily, it’s becoming more popular and now, even us suburbanites can partake in the conveyor belt sushi experience.  If you are shopping at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack, New York and are looking for a family-friendly, non-chain, unique dining experience, east Japanese Restaurant is the place to go.

Guests are seated in booths around the sushi chefs, who have their prep stations located in the center of the dining space. As they prepare different rolls and sushi, they cover and place them on the conveyor belt.  The labeled plates travel around the restaurant, and diners take the items they want.

The different patterned and colored plates are priced differently.  White plates cost $1.75 each while the gold plates cost $8.00 each.  Most plates include two pieces of sushi or three pieces of roll.  There are many types of sushi available from the California roll to the specialty Big Thunder Mountain roll. Non-sushi dishes like seaweed salad and fried chicken are also offered.  If you do not see what you want or prefer not to go the sushi route, the restaurant offers a full Japanese menu including teriyaki and tempura dishes.  At the end of your meal, your plates are collected and you are charged accordingly.

What we love about this restaurant is that we are able to try new dishes without a huge commitment.  For a couple of dollars a plate, if we like it, we’ll take another plate of it.  If we didn’t like it we at least tried something new!  This is a great way to introduce your kids to different types of sushi.  Plus, like our kids, they will most likely enjoy grabbing the dishes off the conveyor belt.  It definitely makes for a unique and fun dining experience, which we highly recommend! Unfortunately, the only conveyor belt sushi restaurants that we are aware of that are not located in the city are this one and YO! Sushi at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.

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Savor Westchester: Changing the Food Court Experience

*I was invited to a preview tasting of Savor.  All opinions are my own.

After visiting Savor Westchester, the new dining experience at The Westchester, you will never want to eat at an ordinary mall food court again.  After a year-long, multi-million dollar renovation, three of the six planned eateries are currently open.  Shoppers can currently choose from Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Whitman’s and Australian-based coffee shop Bluestone Lane.  This is the first Westchester location for all three eateries, which all have establishments in NYC and other metropolitan areas.  Located on the fourth floor, Savor has plenty of seating as well as an outdoor patio.  SAVOR is adjacent to PLAY (a free 2,300 square foot play area)  and CONNECT (a technology lounge that contains flat screen televisions, work space and phone charging stations).  Here is a more detailed look at the three open eateries.

Mighty Quinn’s

Mighty Quinn’s is a BBQ restaurant  that cooks, “the old school way with plenty of wood and time.”  They offer traditional barbecue items including brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, spare ribs and more.

Several of the meat options can be ordered naked or on a sandwich.

For those who prefer chicken, options include a half chicken, a crispy chicken sandwich or chicken wings.  Unfortunately the only vegetarian choice is a veggie burger.  They serve a variety of sides including pomme frites, onion rings, burnt end baked beans, sweet potato casserole, buttermilk broccoli salad, potato salad and mac and cheese.  Mighty Quinn’s serves beer both in bottles and on tap as well as glasses and bottles of wine.  Prices range from $7.50 for 6 chicken wings to $28.00 for a Brontosaurus Rib. Many of the meat choices can be ordered as a single serving, a half pound or full pound.

Whitman’s

Whitman’s serves a variety of salads and sandwiches.

They have several burger selections including a Green Chili Burger, Bacon Egg & Cheese Burger, and a PB & B Burger (that stands for peanut butter and bacon!).  If you’re not feeling a burger you can also order a grilled chicken club, a cheesesteak or a hot dog.

Whitman’s also offers a veggie burger on their menu as well as three different salads, including this Brussels Sprout Salad.  Prices range from $4.50 for a hot dog to $12 for most burgers.

Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane is an Australian-based coffee shop.

They offer an extensive menu of hot and cold coffee options using their own roasted beans.  A variety of tea and wellness drinks, like beetroot and matcha lattes, as well as fresh juices are also available.  Bluestone Lane is the place to go for lighter fare.

They sell a variety of toast including the infamous avocado smash, salmon toast and a turmeric sweet potato toast as well as a variety of pastries and sweets.

Have you visited SAVOR at The Westchester?  What is your favorite dish from these eateries?

Dinner Deals in Westchester County

Westchester County has so many amazing restaurants, with new places opening every month.  I enjoy dining out, however, with a family of four, it can get very expensive!  Fortunately, many restaurants throughout Westchester offer special dinner deals throughout the week.  Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or a fancy three-course meal, there are restaurants throughout Westchester that cover it all!

**Please confirm the details with the restaurant for the most up-to-date information.  

251 Lex
251 Lexington Avenue
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 218-8156

251 Lex offers a 3 course Prix Fixe Menu for $45 Monday through Saturday, 5-10 PM.

273 Kitchen
273 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3333

273 Kitchen allows you to choose three courses for $45 (dip, starter, third course) and a dessert on them.

An American Bistro
296 Columbus Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
(914) 793-0807

An American Bistro offers a $30 fixed-price three-course menu Sunday through Thursday.

Angelina’s Ristorante & Brick Oven Pizza
97 Lake Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
(914) 779-7944

Angelina’s offers a prix fixe dinner menu (appetizer and entree) Monday through Thursday 3-closing for $29.95.

Anna Maria’s Cucina Italiana
18 Chatsworth Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 833-0555

Wednesday is pasta night at Anna Maria’s.  Enjoy 2 courses for $19 (first course and a pasta).  The restaurant is open 5-9:30 PM.

The Bayou Restaurant
580 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10552
(914) 668-2634

Tuesday:  Fat Tuesdays – All-You-Can-Eat specials $22.99 (Jambalaya, Catch O’Day, Pasta O’Day, & Chops O’Day)
Wednesday:  Voodoo Night – $6 Voodoo Wings

Bread and Brine
19 Main Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 479-5243

Monday:  Steamer Night – 1 lb. of steamer clams and a pitcher of Narragansett Lager for $25
Wednesday:  $1 oysters all night

Crabtree’s Kittle House
Eleven Kittle Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514
(914) 666-8044

Crabtree’s Kittle House offers a three-course Prixe Fixe dinner menu Sunday through Friday for $39.

Eastchester Fish Gourmet
837 White Plains Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 725-3450, ext.1

Monday:  Lobster Special – 1 1/2 pound steamed and cracked Maine lobster, baked potato and cole slaw $29.95
Thursday:  Raw Bar Special – Clams $1 each, assorted,  Oysters $1.25 each, Wild Shrimp Cocktail $1.50 each

Fat Sal’s Bar & Grill
265 Tate Avenue
Buchanan, NY 10511
(914) 930-1771

Mondays:  Buy one burger, get the second one 50% off (equal or lesser value with purchase of a beverage)
Tuesdays:  5 Tacos for $7.95 (w/purchase of a beverage)
Wednesdays:  $5 wines 4 PM – closing (select wines)

Golden House Chinese Cuisine
3639 Hill Blvd.
Jefferson Valley, NY 10598
(914) 962-8088

Golden House has a $17.95 dinner special Monday through Thursday that includes a choice of soup, appetizer and dinner (from selected items) and house special fried rice.  There is a 2 person minimum.

The Hudson Room
23 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-FOOD

The Hudson Room offers a 3 course Prix Fixe meal for $32.95 (appetizer, main, dessert) Monday through Wednesday.

Juliana’s Schoolhouse
276 Watch Hill Road
Cortlandt Manor, NY
(914) 788-0505

Enjoy the early bird menu that includes choice of appetizer, soup or salad, a main and a dessert, everyday from 5-6:30 PM.

Kee Oyster House
126-128 E. Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 437-8535

Sunday:  Sunday Fun Day – half price lobster
Tuesday:  Tasty Tuesday – half price starters

Kirby’s Grill and Bar
345 Kear Street
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 245-9030

Tuesdays:  Rib Deal
Wednesdays:  Kids eat free

L’INIZIO
698 Saw Mill River Road
Ardsley, NY 10502
(914) 693-5400

L’INIZIO offers a 3-Course Prixe-Fixe dinner menu for $33, Monday through Wednesday.  They also have Family-Style Sunday where family-style bowls of pasta are $36.

Moderne Barn
430 Bedford Road
Armonk, NY 10504
(914) 730-0001

Sunday:  Prime Rib and Popovers!  – Enjoy a 14 oz. prime rib au jus w/horseradish, a homemade popover and one side dish for $38.

PLATES
121 Myrtle Boulevard
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 834-1244

Plates offers a 2 course Prix-Fixe menu Sunday through Thursday,  5 PM-6:30 PM for $30.
Sunday evenings they have a Bottomless BBQ for $28.

Rye Roadhouse
12 High Street
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 925-2668

Mondays:  Make Your Own Quesadillas starting at $6.95
Tuesdays:  Burger Night – 5-11 PM half-price burgers
Wednesdays:  Fried Chicken Night – Four piece chicken dinner with two sides $10.95

Spring Special:  Little Leaguers who come in uniform eat 1/2 price Sunday through Thursday from the Kids Menu or Roadhouse Burgers or Mac and Cheese Bowls.

Saint George Bistro
155 Southside Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 478-1671

Saint George Bistro offers a Two Course Prixe-Fixe menu for $25 weekdays, Tuesday through Thursday.

Saltaire Oyster Bar
55 Abendroth Avenue
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 939-2425

Saltaire offers a three course dinner for $32.50 Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 4 PM.

Umami Cafe
325 South Riverside Avenue
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
(914) 271-5555

Sundays:  Enjoy fish tacos for $7.50 each.
Mondays:  Enjoy BBQ ribs for $12.95
Tuesdays:  $10 Burger night.
Thursdays:  All appetizers $6.50.

Winston Restaurant
130 East Main Street
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 244-9780

Winston offers a three course Prix Fixe menu Sunday through Thursday for $32.95/person.

If you know of any other dinner deals in Westchester County, please let me know in the comments below and I will add it to this list!

Sultan’s Turkish Cuisine {Review}

While traveling from Westchester County, New York to my parent’s house in Rhode Island, we pass Sultan’s Turkish Cuisine as we travel through Waterbury, Connecticut.  Located at 586 Plank Road, the restaurant is visible and located, right off I-84. We’ve driven by this restaurant countless times and finally, on a recent trip back from Rhode Island decided to stop for a late lunch.

The restaurant was empty when we arrived around 1:45 PM on a Monday afternoon. However, as our lunch progressed, the restaurant started to fill up.

The dining area is large with both tables and booths.  The interior walls are hung with decorative artwork, while elaborate drapery hang from the windows.

Turkey is a transcontinental country with parts in both Western Asia and Southeast Europe. The cuisine is influenced by its location, with key ingredients include lamb, beef, rice, fish, eggplant and nuts.  Spices often used include parsley, mint, sumac, cumin, Za’atar and paprika.

My husband and I were slightly familiar with Turkish food, as we recently had a Turkish-themed supper club dinner. However, this was our family’s first time dining at a Turkish restaurant.  To get the most variety and be able to try different dishes, we opted to share a small mixed cold appetizer platter and a small mixed hot appetizer platter.

The small mixed cold appetizer platter ($13.99) included (from top left (11 o’clock) on the plate) Humus, Bababganush, Haydari, Havuc Tarator, Antep Ezpe and Soslu Patlican. I was expecting lavash bread (a puffy bread often served with appetizers) or some other type of pita to put these spreads and dips on but we weren’t given any.  Instead, we used the crusty bread that was placed on our table when we arrived.

Humus – pureed chickpeas with olive oil, tahini, garlic and lemon juice.  We are not new to humus.  Although I usually buy it, rather than make it, it’s usually a staple in our fridge.

Babaganush – pureed roasted eggplant blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.  I love babaganush!

Haydari (Labne) – pressed yogurt mixed with garlic, olive oil, dill and crushed walnuts.

Havuc Tarator (Carrot Dip) – Carrots, mayo, sour cream, olive oil and lemon juice.

Antep Ezpe (Muammara) – A blend of tomatoes, red bell peppers, hot long green peppers, parsley, garlic, walnuts and pepper paste.  This spread was a bit spicy.

Soslu Patlican (Sauced Eggplant) – A mixture of fried eggplant cubes, red and green peppers and garlic topped with the chef’s special tomato sauce. This was one of my favorites of the cold appetizers!

The small mixed hot appetizer platter ($12.99) included (from top 12 o’clock) Calamari, Mucver, Sigara Borek,  Arnavut Cigeri and Falafel.

Calamari – Deep fried calamari served with the chef’s special sauce.

Mucver (Zucchini Pancake) – Combination of zucchini and fresh herbs and spices, served with yogurt sauce.

Sigara Borek – Cigar-shaped, fried crispy pastry filled with feta cheese and fresh parsley.

Arnavut Cigeri – Floured and deep-fried calf’s liver cubes pan seared with garlic and herbs.

Falafel – Deep-fried mixture of chickpeas, parsley, onions, garlic and Middle Eastern spices.

The only other hot appetizers not included on this platter include Izgara Kalamar (grilled calamari), Kizartma Fuve (potato pancakes) and Imam Bayildi (stuffed eggplant).  While I found the variety of the platter to be good, the portions were not conducive to sharing.  Splitting several of the above items between the four of us meant we each literally only got a bite.  A large platter though would have been way too much food for us.

Finally, for the main entree we shared the Mixed Grill Kebab Plate ($23.99).  This included Chicken Shish (cubed chicken), Lamb Shish (cubed lamb), Kofte (Turkish meatballs made of ground lamb), Adana (ground lamb seasoned with red bell peppers) and Doner (Thin slices of seasoned lamb and beef slow-cooked on a large, vertical spit). All kebab entrees are served with a side salad, and both white and bulgur rice.

Although stuffed, we couldn’t leave without trying a dessert!  The dessert menu included Baklava, Kunefe, Revani, Sekerpare, Sutlac and Kazandibi.  We ordered the Kazandibi ($5.95), pictured above, to share among the four of us.  It’s a vanilla-based milky pudding with a caramelized top.  This had a similar texture and taste to creme brulee.

Baklava – A sweet pastry made of layers of filo, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup.

Kunefe – Shredded filo dought stuffed with cheese then soaked in a sweet sugar-based syrup.

Revani – Baked semolina soaked with the chef’s special syrup.

Sekerpare – Baked soft balls of pastry dipped in a thick, lemony, sugar syrup.

Sutlac (Rice Pudding)  – Sweet vanilla based mixture of milk and rice baked in the oven.

A variety of tea and coffee, including Turkish Coffee and Turkish Tea,  are available and can be ordered by the cup or kettle.

We had a great experience at Sultan’s Turkish Cuisine.  Although I don’t have prior dining experience to compare it to, the food we had was delicious and tasted authentic. The restaurant is family-friendly and offers a variety of dishes including vegetarian.  I liked how there was no issues with the four of us sharing the two appetizers and one entree. Our waiter even complimented on our “eating family-style.”  Since we obviously don’t eat Turkish often, this was a great way for us all to taste a variety of items from the menu.  Saturday evenings the restaurant has belly dancers from 7:30 – 8:00 PM which would be a fun experience for the kids to see!  The restaurant also offers takeout and delivery.

Attached to the restaurant is a small grocery shop selling all kinds of Turkish food products.  We of course couldn’t leave without picking up a few different types of candy to try!

The Details:
Sultan’s Turkish Cuisine
586 Plank Road
Waterbury, CT 06705
www.sultansrestaurantct.com

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday:  10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday:  10:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Price:  $$
Appetizers: $4.99 (lentil soup) – $20.99 (large mixed cold appetizer plate)
Kebabs:  $13.99 –  $26.99
Entrees:  $12.99 – $25.99)
Desserts:  $4.95 – $7.95

Recommend for families:  Yes

Overall Recommendation:  Yes

 

2017 Westchester County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away.  If you are planning on going out to dinner with your sweetheart, reservations are a must!  Here is a look at some of the area’s restaurants that will be offering special Valentine’s Day menus.  Most other restaurants throughout the area will be open and serving their regular menu.  Regardless of where you decide to eat, be sure to make reservations now!

Please check the restaurant’s website or call for the most up-to-date information.  Additionally, please note that prices listed below do not include tax and gratuities.

Benjamin’s Steak House (Steak House)
610 Hartsdale Road
White Plains, NY 10607
reservations:  (914) 428-6868

Benjamin’s Steak House is offering a 3 course Valentine’s dinner menu for $89/person.  Dinner is served 4-10 PM.

Gaucho Grill (Argentinean Steak House)
One North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10601
reservations: (914) 437-9966 or online

Gaucho Grill is offering a special 3 course dinner for $65/person.  Dinner hours are from 3-10 PM.

Half Moon (New American)
1 High Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
reservations:  (914) 693-4130

Half Moon is offering a special 3 course dinner for $65/person.  Dinner hours are 5:30-10 PM.

Harvest-on-Hudson (Italian)
1 River Street
Hastings, NY 10706
reservations: (914) 478-2800 or online (A deposit is required when making reservations)

Harvest-on-Hudson is open from 5-10 PM on Valentine’s Day.  They are offering a special three course dinner for $69/person.

The Hudson Room (New American and Sushi Bar)
23 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
reservations:  (914) 788-FOOD

From 5-11 PM, The Hudson Room is offering a 4-course dinner for $70/person.  At 6:30 and 8:30 PM there will be live jazz musical performances.

La Panetiere (French)
530 Milto Road
Rye, NY 10580
reservations:  (914) 967-8140

The French restaurant is having two seatings, 5:30 and 8:30 PM.  The three course dinner costs $90/person or $140/person with wine pairing.

Modern on the Rails (Italian, New American)
One Station Plaza
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
reservations:  (914) 777-9300

Modern on the Rails is offering a four course Valentine’s Day menu for $65/person.  The restaurant is open until 10:30 PM.

Moderne Barn (New American)
430 Bedford Ave.
Armonk, NY 10504
reservations: (914) 730-0001 or online

From 5-10 PM, diners can enjoy Chef Ethan’s 3 course prix-fixe menu.  The dinner costs $78/person or $118/person with wine pairing.

One Twenty One (New American)
2 Dingle Ridge Road
North Salem, NY 10560
reservations:  (914) 669-0121

One Twenty One is taking Valentine’s Day reservations from 5-9:30 PM.  Chef Beck Bolender is preparing a 3 course pre-fixe menu for $65/person.

Plates (New American)
121 Myrtle Boulevard
Larchmont, NY 10538
reservations:  (914) 834-1244 or online

Plates is having four Valentine’s Day seatings, with a 3 course prix-fixe menu.   The 5:00 and 6:30 PM seatings cost $65/person and the 6:30 and 8:00 PM seatings cost $85/person.

Red Hat on the River (French Bistro)
One Bridge Street
Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533
reservations:  (914) 591-5888 or online

Red Hat on the River is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu for $72/person plus gratuities.  They also have four special Valentine’s Day cocktails that they will be serving that evening.

Rosemary and Vine (Mediterranean)
29 Purchase Street
Rye, NY 10580
reservations:  (914) 481-8660

On Valentine’s Day, enjoy live music while you dine on Rosemary and Vine’s 3 course prix-fixe menu.  The vegetarian menu costs $45/person and an additional $28 for a wine pairing.  The restaurant is open until 9 PM.

Thyme (New American)
3605 Crompond Rd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
reservations: (914) 788-8700

Thyme is offering a 3 course menu as well as a complimentary glass of champagne and a chocolate rose for $90/person.  Dinner hours are 4-10 PM.

Putnam County:

The Arch  (French)
1292 Route 22
Brewster, NY 10509
reservations:  (845) 279-5011

The Arch is serving a 4 course Valentine’s Day menu from 5-9:00 PM for $85/person.

Hudson House River Inn  (New American)
2 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY
reservations:  (845) – 265-9355

Hudson House River Inn has special 3 course Valentine’s Day menu for $47/person.  Their regular menu is available to order from as well.  The restaurant is open for dinner from 5-9 PM and they will have a keyboardist playing live music.  They also have special Valentine’s Day overnight packages as well.

Jaipore Royal Indian Cuisine (Indian)
280 Rt 22
Brewster, NY 10509
reservations:  (845) 277-3549

Jaipore has a special Valentine’s lunch buffet served from 12:00-2:30 PM for $15.99/person.  They are also offering a special dinner buffet from 5:00-9:45 PM for $25.99/person.

Ramiro’s 954 (Latin)
954 Route 6
Mahopac, NY 10541
reservations:  (845) 621-3333 or online

This Latin eatery is offering a 3 course prix-fixe menu for $55/person, which includes a dessert to share.  The restaurant is open from 3:30-9:00 PM.

Rockland County:

BV’s Grill (New American)
400 High Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960
reservations:  (845) 675-8740

BV’s Grill is offering a special three course Valentine’s Day menu on Saturday, February 11 from 4-11 PM as well as on Valentine’s Day from 5-10 PM.  The dinner costs $150/couple and includes a champagne toast and dancing.

Quinta Steakhouse (Steakhouse)
24 E. Central Ave.
Pearl River, NY 10965
reservations:  (845) 735-5565

Quinta Steakhouse is offering a special Valentine’s Day a’la carte menu as well as their regular dinner menu.  Dinner is served from 5-9 PM.

Sixty 5 On Main (Mediterranean)
65 Main Street
Nyack, NY 10960
reservations:  (845) 358-5200

Sixty 5 on Main is offering two seatings, 6:30 and 8:30 PM.  Ginetta’s Vendetta Band will be playing live music beginning at 7 PM.  They are offering a 4 course dinner with a complimentary bottle of red, white or sparkling wine for $130/couple.

Dig Inn Rye Brook Opens Today!

Dig Inn

*I was invited to a preview lunch experience at Dig Inn.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This past Tuesday I was invited to a preview lunch at Dig Inn in Rye Brook.   Adam Eskin, Founder & CEO of Dig Inn, opened his first restaurant in 2011.  This is Dig Inn’s fourteenth restaurant and first Westchester County location.  Located at 112 S. Ridge Street, Dig Inn offers a new dining option to the Rye Ridge Shopping Center.  And it officially opens today!

Order Area

When you enter the restaurant there is a large, casual dining area with communal tables.  They have a deli counter in the front where you can order containers of their sides, proteins, or even family meals to go.  As you make your way towards the back of the restaurant there is the ordering area, where you can customize your Marketbowl or Melting Broth, the restaurant’s main lunch and dinner dining options.

Dig Inn Kitchen

At the end of the counter is the Chef’s table.  Here you can sit and dine while watching the chefs prepare a variety of toasts and vegetable charcuterie.

Dining area

And finally at the back of the restaurant is dining area.  There are several seating areas with marble table tops adorned with tiny succulents.  When designing this Rye Brook restaurant, creative director Melanie Masarin and founder Adam Eskin were all about cutting open the ceiling to place a giant, elevated sky light.  They also added a giant window in the back of the restaurant, to allow for lots of natural light into the space.  The result, is a bright and beautiful dining room.

Roasted Pumpkin Toast

I was able to sample the three different toasts that they offer, including this one topped with roasted pumpkin with pepitas and pickled chiles.  I also tried the lemon ricotta with truffle, black pepper and honey and the smoked whitefish with red grapes and soft herbs.  I can honestly say they were all delicious.

Yukon Gold Potato Terrine

Vegetable charcuterie offerings from the chef’s table include this Yukon Gold potato terrine topped with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and Mutsu apple.

Parsnip Marrow Bone

I also tried Celery Root Pastrami as well as this Parsnip Marrow Bone with celery leaf and black truffle.  It was interesting to see a vegetarian take on what would normally be a meat dish.

Chef Matt Weingarten

I got to meet Chef Matt Weingarten, Dig Inn’s culinary director.  He spoke with us about Dig Inn’s mission, which is to build community through food.  He noted that their menu is mostly vegetables and all dishes are cooked fresh.  He enjoys the open kitchen design (pictured above) which allows the chefs to engage with diners.

Dig Inn Menu

The Dig Inn menu is seasonal and they are currently featuring their Winter menu, which as I mentioned features the Marketbowls and Melting Broth.

Marketbowls

My friend and I shared Marketbowls that had a base of toasted farro, sides of Brussels sprouts and kale, apple and blue cheese salad and were topped with Herb Roasted Chicken and Grilled Organic Tofu.   These bowls were hearty and delicious and I love that they are customized.  The combinations are endless!

Mac and Cheese

I also got to sample a side of the Seasonal Upstate Mac and Cheese.  It was creamy and cheesy.  Honestly though, I would choose one of the amazing veggie sides over mac and cheese!

Kitchen Sink Cookie

And to end the meal, I sampled the Kitchen Sink Cookie and Organic Dark Hot Chocolate!

Dig Inn serves a variety of drinks including wine, beer and hard cider.  I tried unsweetened raspberry iced tea and an Iced Matcha Latte.  While the matcha latte was good, it needed sugar to sweeten it up.

Dig Inn Rye Brook is open seven days a week and serves breakfast as well as lunch and dinner.  Check the website for specific times.  The breakfast menu includes a variety of bowls as well as an egg sandwich, frittata, avocado toast, a quinoa waffle and more!

Kids Menu

And for those families with young children, have no fear.  Dig Inn offers a Little Digs menu with a variety of dining options sure to please.  While there’s no age specifications on the children’s menu, my eight and ten year-old would love the Old Macdonald.  Otherwise, they could easily share a regular Marketbowl.

Everything I ate at Dig Inn was delicious.  For those of us who live in Northern Westchester, getting to Rye Brook is a bit of a drive.  However, if you are in the White Plains area (and really, who doesn’t travel down to there frequently?!) Rye Brook is close by.  Be sure to stop by and give the newest Dig Inn a try!

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Pax Romana {HVRW Review}

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I am a Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Grazer.  In exchange for posts about my HVRW experience, part of this meal may have been compensated.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This past Wednesday, I got the rare chance to have a lunch date with my husband.  Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW) ends this Sunday the 13th and I wanted to get another delicious three course meal in! Since my husband works in White Plains, we had several options for lunch.  We had heard good things about Pax Romana – homemade pasta and great pizza?  We had to try it!  The restaurant, which opened in February of this year, is located at 189 East Post Road in White Plains  in the former Taleggio space.

Pax Romana Dining Room

Pax Romana is open every day beginning at noon, serving both lunch and dinner.  Although they don’t take lunch reservations, the dining room  is spacious with lots of seating.   Be sure to leave room for some gelato, which you will see in the case on the left when you first enter the restaurant!

Dining Room

I enjoyed the casual modern decor of the restaurant including the graffiti wall and arched windows.  Vintage kitchen accessories were showcased on shelves, hung from the ceiling and decorated the walls.  Vases of fresh herbs were placed on each table.

Pax Romana HVRW menu

Pax Romana has one HVRW menu and serves the same dishes for both lunch and dinner.  The restaurant also has a regular $10 Pax Lunch menu, which my husband ordered from.  This menu includes a choice of soup, salad or fries with one of the listed entrees.  Before we even ordered, crispy, herbed bread sticks were placed on the table.

Risotto Ball

For my starter I ordered Suppli’e Olive Ascolane.  All menu items are listed in Italian and English.   This is a large, fried risotto ball with mozzarella cheese in the center.  It was served with four meat stuffed olives, also fried.  I enjoyed this appetizer a lot, which I shared with my husband.

Pureed Cauliflower Soup

My husband ordered the soup of the day as part of his lunch special.  The soup, Zuppa de Cavolfiore, is the same pureed cauliflower soup offered on the HVRW menu.  This soup was smooth and creamy.

Macaroni with Pork Rib and Sausage Ragu

For his entree my husband ordered the Maccheroni cor Ragu de Sarsiccia e Spuntature – macaroni with pork rib and sausage ragu.  This pasta dish is also offered on the HVRW menu.  He wanted to try the homemade pasta and this dish stood out to him.  It was flavorful, hearty and filling!

Pinsa Margherita

For my entree I ordered the Pinsa Margherita.  Pax Romana is the only restaurant in New York that directly imports Pinsa Romana flour directly from Rome, which they use to make their pizza.  This pizza had a light, crispy crust.  With just san marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil, this pizza proves that good quality, simple ingredients can make a delicious dish.

Nutella Doughnut

My husband’s lunch special did not come with dessert.  However, the Nutella Bombolone, a Nutella-filled Italian doughnut, was big enough for the two of us to share.  This doughnut is stuffed with Nutella and was a sweet ending to our meal.

Overall, we had a great lunch at Pax Romana during HVRW.  The servings were generous in size and delicious in taste.  Service was friendly and attentive.  We will have to return and try the gelato since we didn’t take our own advice and had no room for the extra dessert!

Hudson House River Inn {HVRW Review}

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I am a Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Grazer.  In exchange for posts about my HVRW experience, part of this meal may have been compensated.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This past Saturday my husband and I dined at Hudson House River Inn, with two other couples, for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW).  This historic inn is located at 2 Main Street on the waterfront in the picturesque town of Cold Spring.

Hudson House River Inn

The inn was built in 1832  and in 1982 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It has 11 guest rooms and 2 suites for overnight stays.  There are two dining areas, the Tavern, for more casual dining, and the main dining room, the River Room, which is where we dined.  The River Room has a veranda that offers outdoor seating with amazing views of the Hudson River.  While a bit chilly for November, this would make for a great dining experience in warmer weather!

Executive chef John Guererro leads the culinary team at the Hudson House River Inn.  The restaurant normally specializes in steak and seafood, with poultry, pork and vegetarian options as well.

Dinner Menu

For HVRW Hudson House River Inn serves both lunch and dinner, with different menus for each.

Cocktails

The restaurant had an extensive cocktail menu, which our group sampled.  My husband had a Maker’s Old Fashioned while I had a Watermelon Margarita.  Before we even ordered, bread baskets were placed on the table with dishes of tomato and bean bruschetta.

Appetizers

For starters I had the Homemade Maryland Crab Cakes and my husband had the Lobster Bisque.  Three crab cake balls were served with a dijon mustard sauce for dipping.  The crab cakes were crispy on the outside and sweet and flavorful on the inside.  The bisque was smooth and creamy.  These starters turned out to be our favorite parts of the meal.

Chianti Braised Short Rib

For our main dishes I ordered the Chianti Braised Short Ribs and my husband had the Coriander Seared Sashimi Tuna.   The short rib was tender and flavorful, topped with caramelized onions and Maytag bleu cheese.  I enjoyed the mushroom risotto that accompanied the short ribs as well.  However, I found the carrots and string beans to be unexciting.

Seared Tuna

My husband ordered his tuna rare and was surprised to get a piece of fish that was well done around the edges and pink in the middle. It’s possible that his dish had a stop at the heat lamp as the kitchen looked quite busy. His tuna was topped with crab meat accompanied by wasabi mashed potatoes.  His dish also came with the same uninspired vegetables.

Hudson House River Inn - Dessert

There are only two dessert options, Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie and New York Style Pumpkin Cheesecake.  We of course had to try them both!  The cheesecake, topped with fresh whipped cream, was good but not memorable.  I preferred my husband’s chocolate pecan pie that was served with Maple Walnut Ice Cream. It was much more unique and flavorful.

The dining room was full throughout our entire dinner.  My husband and I were part of a group of six diners.  Unfortunately, the extra-long rectangular table set up, paired with the poor acoustics of the room, made for difficult conversation.  Our server Tara was friendly and attentive.  Dessert service was slow, which Tara apologized for, but fortunately, our group wasn’t in a rush.

Overall, we had a nice dining experience at the Hudson House River Inn for HVRW.  I’d love to come back in the spring or summer when it’s hopefully not as busy and I can eat out on the veranda.