I almost have to apologize for writing this post so late as the HVRW is coming to an end. So not to get bogged down and overloaded with attempted wit, fairly obvious observations (Seinfeld reference) and a bit of wine geek talk I’ll get right to the point…go and take advantage while you still can!
It seems the down economy has given the local restaurants a real kick in the ass to up their game and stack the HVRW menus both in quality and quantity. The participating restaurants are offering a 3 course menu for $28 including an appetizer, entrée and desert. Not a bad deal considering some of the high end restaurants that are involved.
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A large group of us went to Restaurant 42 atop the Ritz Carlton in White Plains and it was a real treat. Not only are the views spectacular and the ambiance delightful, but the portions were pretty healthy all things considered. I went with a salmon tartar that was fresh and tasty followed by an 8-10 oz skirt steak that left me feeling nicely full and satisfied. That is not always the case with Restaurant Week as some places tend to cheap out since the customers are not paying full boat. Fantastic wine list as well.
I also ventured over the bridge into Rockland with my wife and friends to the Hudson House in Nyack. Much different atmosphere, but equally enjoyable. With about 4 or 5 selections of apps and entrees respectively, there is something for everyone. The potato gnocchi were soft and tender and the beef tenderloin (yes, I like red meat) was served with a delectable polenta. On top of having a very affordable wine list, their corkage fee is only $15 so it’s a nice opportunity to bring one of the nicer bottles from your own collection.
I have heard nothing but good things from people in the area who have ventured to other restaurants as well including Ruth’s Chris, Red Hat Bistro, Restaurant X and of course my friends at The TapHouse. HVRW goes through Sunday 3/27 so if you have the chance this weekend, try and get out and taste a little of the Hudson Valley at a price that is easier to swallow than usual. Salute!!