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Jun 6, 2010 06:43 PM

Tarrytown adventures ... reporting back

Several weeks back, I asked for some recommendations to help us out while in Tarrytown for our daughter's wedding. Many thanks for the ideas. It was also suggested that I report on The Castle, the wedding venue. So ... here goes:

Cannot be more positive about the The Castle. It's a very impressive setting, and the food and service were excellent. The cocktail hour featured passed hors d'oeuvres, the highlights of which were yellow fin tuna in a panko cone, corn and lobster shooters, and a risotto fritter. A well-set buffet table had, among other things, bresaola, an olive and fig tapenade, and a white bean / rosemary / panchetta casserole.

Dinner began with grilled shrimp, followd by a roasted watermelon salad (sounded goofy to me, too, until I tried it - must be a slow and low roast that concentrated the flavor intensely ... (?). We had a choice of sauteed Artic char or sliced sirloin. I went with the fish,whcih was fine. The beef eaters around me also seemed very happy.

The next morning, we had breakfast there, too. Table service, with a choice of custom omelette or French toast, plus fresh juices and fruits, pastries, etc.

The staff of The Castle cound not have been nicer, from the grounds people (the service was outdoors), to the wedding coordinator, to the waitstaff at the reception and dinner, to the barmen, to the front desk people. A small example: as photos were being shot pre-wedding, one of the guests felt faint, not having eaten much earlier in the day. We asked for a piece of fruit, and moments later, a plate of beautifuly sliced fruit, berries, etc. was rushed to us.

Some other experiences: The highlight had to be the lobster bake at the Striped Bass (a group event for early out-of-town arrivals). Great appetizers, including generously-sized peel 'n' eat shrimp, chicken kabobs, grilled veggies, and oysters on the half shell. The dinner buffet included lots of lobsters, ribs, sliced steak, and the traditional fixins. All nicely done. (Glad we got in and out relatively early in the evening, as a VERY loud DJ was getting started as we were leaving.)

I hosted a small "boys dinner" the night before the wedding at the Ruth's Chris Steak House in our hotel. It was like every other dinner I've had at Ruth's, which may sound like a complaint, but isn't meant to be. Sometimes predictability has its place, and Ruth's delivered per needs and expectations. We all felt very manly after eating charred cow and hoisting strong drinks in thick glasses ...

My wife hosted a simultaneousl "girls dinner," but I have not gotten the particulars.

Finally, the El Dorado had been recommended for good diner food, and I can confirm that it delivered amply on that promise for Sunday's breakfast. A giant map of Greece on the wall certified that it was authentic diner food.

And, yes, our daughter was THE most beautiful bride ever ... we checked, did the comparisons. Trust me.

Striped Bass
236 W Main St, Tarrytown, NY 10591

El Dorado Restaurant
380 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Ruth's Chris Steak House
670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591

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  1. Sounds wonderful! Congratulations to you and your family! I attended a wedding last year at the Castle and agree that the setting and the service were wonderful, and the food was great as far as "wedding food" goes. Our only complaint was that there was not enough seating during the cocktail hour and dessert buffet.

    1. Glad eveything turned out well for you (I'm guessing you had good weather).The Castle is a beautiful setting, good to hear it delivered all around. Congratulations to the bride and groom and the parents!!!

      1. Did you have dinner at the Castle on your own, or were you there for a wedding or other affair? I have never seen passed hors d'oeuvres at a regular dinner there, and I think they do an excellent job at catered affairs. For dinner, not so much.

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        1. re: wincountrygirl

          All of what we did at The Castle - cocktail reception, dinner, and breakfast - was part of the catering arranged for the wedding. A few guests (besides the wedding party) also stayed there, and the reports were a bit more sketchy, mainly having to do with summer staff just getting started that weekend. Service was a little slow and confused, they reported, and the bar was very, um ... deliberate in making even the most simple of drinks. That notwithstanding, I continue to offer raves for the catering and overall excellence of the place.

        2. Glad to hear all worked out well, sounds like you had a wonderful time, thanks for reporting back. The Castle really is a very special venue!