also, it is strongly recommended that you have reservations on fridays and saturdays. they do take reservations for upstairs in the main dining, but also in the tavern as well. usually it's packed both upstairs and in the tavern, so it's very hard to get a seat if you don't call ahead.
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We had a great time at 2 Hopewell on Saturday night. We were able to snag the last available reservation (called at 4:00PM on Saturday) for 8:00 in the tavern. There was a jazz trio that started at 8:00 and the place was packed. It was loud and festive and the service was fantastic, even thought they were incredibly busy.
We started by sharing the crab rangoon appetizer. Lots of crab and delicious fresh fried crunchy "chips" to scoop the crab, but the crab mixture was a little bland and got boring before we were half-way finished. It was a huge portion and better shared between 3 or 4 people than 2 (although you'd need more chips for 4 people) It would have benefited with some chopped scallion and celery added to the crab and cream cheese mix to add much needed textural interest and a healthy squeeze of lemon to brighten it up.
Main courses were a ribeye special, 14 oz., cooked to perfection as ordered, served with roasted fingerling potatoes and fresh roasted red peppers with a scattering of intense swiss cheese chunks over the top...and a big bone in pork chop served with butternut squash risotto and snow peas. Both were delicious, excellent cuts of meat and very flavorful. Personally, I would have liked some sauce with both dishes, perhaps a red wine reduction with the beef and a sweet/sour pan sauce with the pork, but the meats were moist and tender and didn't really need sauce (I just prefer my meats sauced!)
Dessert was rich, intense chocolate mousse and mascarpone filled profiteroles. Both satisfying and delicious.
Prices reflected the quality and I didn't think it was too expensive at all. Just about right, in my opinion (ribeye was $32, pork chop $27). My husband would have liked a larger selection of wines by the glass but really enjoyed the Chilean sauvignon blanc he ordered. Espressos after dessert were of excellent quality (so many restaurants make lousy expresso!) but luke warm. I'm sure if we had complained they would have made us new ones but we didn't really mind.
All in all a fantastic experience and we'll return, many times over I imagine.
hey! if anyone's interested, 2hopewell just added a new tavern menu about two weeks ago. This menu is only available downstairs in the tavern. the main dining menu is also available downstairs as well.
its a lighter affair. you know, burgers, apps and such.
heres the menu, check it out:
-Mozzarella medallions, OUR version of fried mozzarella w/ pomodoro $8
-Hummus Plate, a perfect starter or lite mite w/ Lavasch crackers $7
-Fried Calamari, with sweet cherry peppers, pepperocini, parmesan $9
-Caesar Salad, good on its own or with grilled chicken or salmon $7/$10/$12
-Baby Spinach, with almonds, gorgonzola, apples & dried cranberries -add grilled chicken or salmon if you like $8/$11/$13
-Filet Carpacio, Thinly sliced & lightly peppercorn seared filet w/ parm garlic dressed greens, capers, lemon juice, olive oil & shaved parmesan $12
-Grilled Bell & Evans Chicken, w/ avocado, cheddar, red onion & chipotle mayo $11
-Fish & Chips, beer battered w/ fries $13
-Char Crusted Ahi, cold soba noodles w/ julienned veggies, asian pear & wonton strips $16
-Portobello Panini, w/ sauteed spinach, goat cheese & roasted peppers $9
-Penne Agli oli, whole wheat penne w/ carmelized onions, spinach, peppers & tomatoes in a light gorgonzola garlic olive oil sauce $11
-Pulled Pork, all natural mustard barbecue stacked on a hard roll w/ slaw & fries $10
-Grilled Cheese, gorgonzola, carmelized onions & sauteed spinach $8
-Big Mike's Meatloaf, open face w/ cippolini demi $11
-Buffalo Burger, natural lean buffalo, lettuce, tomato & cheese $12
-Coleman all natural Beef Burger, lettuce, tomato & cheese $10
-Turkey Burger, house recipe w/ lettuce, tomato & cheese $10
-Veggie Burger, lettuce, tomato, cheese & avocado $9
sides: sweet potato fries, fries, slaw, mashed potatoes $2
recommended: mozzarella medallions, filet carpacio, penne agli oli, pulled pork and big mike's meat loaf
My wife and I have eaten there several times, most recently last Saturday night. Food is excellent! Service also very good. Prices are not inexpensive, but value is good. The bonus for us is that they have resumed the Main & Hopewell tradition of jazz in the bar downstairs, at least for the past two Saturday nights. Here is their entree menu:
Grilled Veal Chop, red potato mashed, roasted root vegetables, cippolini onion demi and fennel fries $33
Vegetable Terrine, layered grilled veggies topped with pomodoro & fresh mozz over cappelini $18
Braised Short Rib, spinach and ricotta gnocchi, chorizo sausage, blistered grape tomatoes & fried leeks in a mushroom buerre rouge $27
*Grilled NY Strip or Filet, over red potato mashed & roasted root vegetables topped with tamarind glazed mushrooms and onions $25/$28
*Sesame Seared Tuna, jasmine rice, julienne veg salad, ginger vin, wasabi yogurt & fried wonton strips $29
Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo, farfalle pasta with sun dried tomatoes & chopped chives $17
Beef Tenderloin Tips sautéed w/bella mushrooms, onions & port wine demi over jasmine rice & root veg $24
*Grilled Pork Chop, bone-in, with sweet potato risotto, sautéed snow peas, apple cider vinaigrette reduction & fried leeks $24
Vegetable cakes, foccacia crumbs & vegetables pan fried, served over sautéed spinach with pomodoro & goat cheese $18
Veal Chop Parmesan, pounded & breaded, pan fried, with pomodoro & fresh mozzarella over cappelini $33
We had a delightful experience. We had reservations at Peppercorns in Hartford but the weather was cold and wintry so we decided to give 2hopewell a try. The idea of organic and free range food was enticing. We tried the Vegetable Turrine, Filet mignon, Sea Bass with a sweet potato risotto and the Veal Chop Parm. All were excellent. While on the pricey side, the portions were good size. We did not need an app or salad. We also tried the organic wine-a merlot that was very nice. We shared a chocolate mousse for dessert which was dense with a rich chocolate flavor. A few spoonfuls was very satisfying. The pub menu downstairs looks great with some sandwich specailties, salads, meatloaf reasonably priced $10-15. We can't wait to try it for a more casual experience. We would definately go back!