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Debrouillard Mar 22, 2007 06:02 AM

I'm going to New Rivers tonight. I know their menu changes frequently and I'm wondering if anyone who has been there recently can recommend anything in particular.

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    fullbelly Mar 22, 2007 11:45 AM

    I don't think you can go wrong with anything you order. There are a few things that constantly stay on the menu, but you're right -- much of it changes with what's available. It's a lovely place -- with very good service. You'll have a great time!

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      celeriac Mar 23, 2007 06:20 AM

      Wish I'd seen this yesterday, when it was still relevant to you, but just in case anyone else is looking for advice--

      I was there last week and had a terrific meal. Everything was good, the highlights were probably the winter greens salad with smoked trout, hazelnuts and dried cherries (sounds weird, but it tasted great) and the corned beef and cabbage , if it's stil on the menu post-st patty's day. the ribs were quite good as well.

      in general, it was a great dinner, and i was glad it was. i hadn't been to new rivers in nearly two years, because at my last visit i found it a bit uninspired. gladt that they're back on track, serving great food again.

      does anyone else notices how incredibly "clean" their food tastes? i'm not sure how else to put it. I'm not sur eif it's lower in salt than most restaurants, or maybe they don't use much butter... but i'm always struck by it.

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      1. re: celeriac
        Tartinet Mar 23, 2007 06:40 AM

        I would doubt that they're skimping on the butter. This was ten years ago, so maybe they've changed, but we raved about the mashed potatoes, and asked how they got them so creamy. The owner/chef (?) went into the kitchen, brought back a regular domestic potato masher, and said, "This thing and lots and lots of butter and cream."

        I still love that place. I think it's my favorite in Providence.

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          Debrouillard Mar 26, 2007 05:13 AM

          Thursday was my first time at New Rivers and all the stories are true, it was delicious. I lucked out and got the last order of ribs (i heard our waitress '86' it immediately after ordering). They were excellent. My girlfriend had the monkfish which was perfectly prepared. We shared the scallop appetizer which was amazingly clean and light with citrus and arugula. For dessert we had the lemon tartlett and mango/ginger sorbet with cookies. I definitely agree about the clean flavors. I left feeling perfectly satisfied, without being overstuffed. Can't wait til next time!

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