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Red Hat on the river in Irvington

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Doreen Feb 9, 2008 04:48 AM

Dinner Thursday night was quite wonderful. Pork confit for me, meltingly delicious and served with polenta. Hubby had roasted cod served with gigante beans in a tomato sauce with chorizo. We were greeted by one of the owners at our table. We were also asked when we'd like our entree. A gesture we really appreciate (a timely break between courses). They have a winning combination of good food, priced well and service that reflects the owners desire to please. Check it out if you haven't.

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    Tap4Me RE: Doreen Feb 9, 2008 10:05 AM

    I'm booked for Friday and looking forward to it. Haven't been there since they moved from Main Street to the waterfront location, but it sounds promising.

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      winston669 RE: Tap4Me Feb 11, 2008 01:57 PM

      They are still pretty good!

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      grubberoo RE: Doreen Feb 9, 2008 11:22 AM

      Irvington in which state? this is a three state board.

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        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: grubberoo Feb 9, 2008 01:18 PM

        Westchester County, NY

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        shellyesq RE: Doreen Feb 10, 2008 12:43 PM

        They got a good review in the Times today, so I'm guessing many people will be checking it ou.

        1. swept RE: Doreen Feb 16, 2008 08:12 AM

          I brought a group of ten to the Red Hat about two weeks ago.. for a late dinner (reservation was for 8;30). This was a long leisurely birthday dinner -- for me! Celebrated with some great wines, wonderful starters (that potato cake with creamy goat cheese is truly wonderful). I had the same as you - the pork confit with creamy corn polenta and steamed spinach.. heavenly!! Others had the roasted chicken, a pork stew, and a fish dish. Wonderful service, beautiful environment, just go!! I can't wait til the summer when the roof deck opens - I can just imagine sitting there with a bowl of mussels, some nice bread, and a glass of wine.. gazing over the river.. ahhhh !

          1. AManHastoEat RE: Doreen Feb 21, 2008 06:39 AM

            Interestingly enough we had the opposite experience with the delivery of our food. The restaurant was busy, but not bursting at the seems, when our entrees arrived moments after our appetizers were cleared. The waitress seemed confused when I mentioned this to her after she asked how everything was.

            That misstep overlooked, the food was good and the new building is beautiful. I'd only been to the old Red Hat a few times, but I really enjoyed the neighborhood bistro feel. The new place, while stunning, doesn't translate the same intimacy (although it fits their prices better).

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              Laurie914 RE: Doreen Apr 5, 2008 09:20 AM

              Just went last night. I too had the cod - friend had the salmon. We started with the tuna tartare (excellent, slightly spicy and tangy mediated by slices of cool cucumber) and the mushroom salad (excellent flavor). Whatever sauce was used on the cod was also tangy, and a nice balance to the white beans. The cod itself was perfect. I never got around to tasting the salmon, but my friend was happy. We did feel the dishes were a bit wintry (all the beans, the salmon's bed of lentils) - I wonder whether they'll change over for summer? I've been burned in the past with chefs who try to get adventurous without really having a sold basis behind it, but whoever's in the kitchen gave a lot of thought to his/her flavors when making novel choices.

              Speaking of which, their wines by the glass are somewhat off the beaten path - the gagnon (sp?) was wonderfully flowery and an excellent suggestion by our waitress.

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