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.
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW) started this past Tuesday. From November 1 – 13, hundreds of restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley are offering a three-course prix-fixe menu. I started HVRW off with a bang yesterday when I ate lunch at Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish. The restaurant is located on Titicus Road in North Salem, right off of I-684.
The restaurant is located in an 18th century house. When I arrived I got a quick peek at the inside dining area. Although small, it has a quaint and cozy feel. Since the weather was so beautiful, my dining partner, fellow blogger, Ashley at Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen, and I opted to sit outside on the porch.
Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish is a farm-to-table seafood restaurant run by Executive Chef, Michael Kaphan and Chef de Cuisine, Kevin O’Neil. More than 3/4 of the vegetables used in their dishes are grown on the four acre farm located next to the restaurant. The seafood used in the restaurant is provided exclusively by Down East Seafood. The company is committed to sustainability and the environment and its founder, Edward Taylor is also co-founder of the restaurant. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Farm Shop where you can purchase fresh seafood and produce grown on the farm. Local grass-fed meats and goods from other local vendors including pasta and cheese are also available for purchase in the shop.
Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish offers a lunch menu only for HVRW. While the restaurant week menu isn’t posted on the Valley Table participating restaurants page, it’s available on the restaurant’s website. For $20.95, you get a choice of a First Course, Main Course and Dessert.
I highly recommend the seared scallop for the first course. The scallop was cooked well and paired nicely with the slight chewiness of the faro. Add in the sweetness from the dried fruit and butternut puree and this was an explosion of flavor.
For my main course, I ordered the Grilled Salmon Banh MI. The salmon rested on a layer of edamame puree and was topped with a kimchee spread and pickled veggies. This was all sandwiched between a medium-sized roll. I loved all the Asian flavors of this sandwich! It was served with a mixed greens salad, which I didn’t eat very much of. I was getting full and had to leave room for dessert!
Speaking of dessert, I ordered the Pumpkin Cheesecake. The cheesecake was creamy with noticeable pumpkin flavor but wasn’t overly sweet. It was the perfect ending to a delicious meal.
I was surprised at how busy the restaurant was at lunch time on a Wednesday afternoon. Despite the filled tables on the porch, our server Lindsey was friendly and attentive.
I enjoyed a delicious lunch here and I highly recommend visiting Purdy’s Farmer and The Fish during HVRW!
If you can’t make it for HVRW, the restaurant offers a nice variety of fish and seafood dishes for lunch and dinner. Clams, Alaskan Crab Legs and a variety of oysters are some of the goodies available from the raw bar. Burgers and fried chicken are some non-seafood options. The owners recently opened Gramercy Farmer & The Fish in New York City, creating dishes using fresh fish and produce from the Purdy’s farm. Later this month, sister restaurant Hudson Farmer & The Fish will be opening in Sleepy Hollow, adding to the Westchester County restaurant scene.