okay, I've been remiss, was the return of Harrald's discussed here? Didn't notice if it had been. But Harrald's is back!!
Long a fan of Harrald and his wife Ava and their impeccably run restaurant, I was dismayed when he decided to close. Apparently, the restaurant was reopened last June by Jason Fredricks and his cousin Daniel Quinn. Daniel was formerly the head chef at ONDINE.
At any rate, next week is a special occasion, and we will be returning to one of my favorite restaurants.
I will try to follow up in true Chowhound style.
Hi....yes, I did and no, it wasn't. It was sad, as a matter of fact. I didn't realize it has been that long since I went back -- May of 2005! I'll try to reconstruct.
The ambience of the building and rooms was as nice as ever, but there was no one to meet us at the door, welcoming us as if our reservation meant something.
We were seated in a room in the back, one which we hadn't been in before, and it was pleasant enough.
The menu had changed...I believe an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee were included, but the cheese and port were extra. We were four and opted out of the cheese and port.
The food was good, although service was spotty. I remember getting testy about our bread basket not being replenished, even after repeated entreaties. There was also no 'flourish' when the specials were presented.
Overall, I was saddened at the passing of the guard, underwhelmed at the dining experience, and made it my intent not to go back.
Incidentally, I just went to their website to check on the prices (I think it was still $66. or thereabouts for the dinner without the cheese and port) and find this:
"We are happy to announce our new name is
Fire On The Mountain Restaurant"
and it is an a la carte menu. Ah well, and so it goes.
I am also interested to read here that Mulino and Trotter's are not receiving raves anymore. I hope Zen Tango and MacMenamin's Grill are still as I remember them.
It's on Route 52 in Stormville, NY (Dutchess County). I don't know anything about the re-opening, but I used to live in that area (in the 80's and 90's) and was aware of Harralds' great reputation as a 5-star, prix fixe restaurant. I never ate there, as it was a bit too pricey for me. See the article below from Poughkeepsie Journal.