This is my first entry in February, after a month-long absence. I hope all my readers have missed me terribly and have been out eating on my behalf. I know I have – some exciting posts coming up!
Back in January, my CMO took the entire department out for a post holiday luncheon at the RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen in Tarrytown, NY. This restaurant is located closed to the Hudson River and has a great view of the river from the dinning room. #HudsonRiverView The food is #NewAmericanCuisine that appeals to both the common and the slightly snobby. I count myself in the middle of that spectrum but according my BBFs at work, I am at the far end of the snobby when it comes to food. I feel rather misunderstood.
A menu especially picked for our department. Great job, Andrea and Kerri.
This is one of the Hors d’oeuvres: mozzarella, tomato and olive pizzetta. Mmm. Just ok.
Lobster Bisque with warm seafood salad crostini. The bisque tasted watery (in a good way) and filled with sea flavors. There is a bit of saffron in the soup. Pieces of lobster and the crostini added texture and substance.
This is the Gnocchi or according to my CMO – “Yoncchi.” Gnocchi with Stone Broke Farm’s 100% grass-fed beef bolognese, roasted hen of the woods mushrooms. Other than the witty banter I had on the “yoncchi,” this dish was completely not redeemable. The texture was weird. It felt like I was eating cardboard instead of a carbohydrate.
Steak Sandwich with Sugar Hill Farm hanger stake, vidalia onion with confit, locally foraged mushrooms, house-made focaccia, and fries. I chuckled at this menu description. I wondered if the restaurant foraged the mushrooms right outside near the Hudson River, next to the parking lot where homeless men pee. This is marketing that has gone too far and too bohemian. According to my peeps who had this dish, it was delish – not a verifiable fact since not all tasters are created equal.
Panna Cotta with Meyer lemon, Battenkill Valley buttermilk, white chocolate crumble, marinated blueberries. Passable but not great. Too sweet and the sweetness drowned out any subtlty from the berries or the lemon. This is a 5 out of 10. For a better panna cotta with berry experience, click here.
Chocolate “Mousse” with cocoa nib crumble, caramel gelée, chocolate oil, and milk sorbet. Looks good in the photo, right? The eaters rated it a 3 out of 10. Ouch. Double ouch.
Bread Pudding with chocolate croissant, vanilla custard, warm bourbon sauce. This is rated a 6 or 7 by Dave who loves his mom’s bread pudding. But thanks to Dave, I had partook in his pudding and I rated this solidly a 7 or 8 on a scale of 10.
This luncheon was great because I had fun with my colleagues and had a sweet glass of Sancerre Rosé. We had a great debate on adjectives such as edgy, provocative, and contemporary. Unfortunately, the food went downhill quickly after the Lobster Bisque. Would I return? Maybe. The bar at the restaurant is inviting and the list of alcohol is extensive. The place is contemporary but not provocative nor edgy. 🙂
This experience took place at
RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen
127 West Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591