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Jun 27, 2010 06:44 AM

Caravela in Tarrytown

After not having dined here in years, and reading that they recently added a new chef from Lisbon to the staff, we decided to try dinner the other night. It was excellent! We read the menu, which is actually divided into separate menus by region of Portugal while nibbling on complimentary chorizo slices and olives. We decided to share an appetizer of stuffed calamari, which were four small calamari stuffed with a linguica and vegetable stuffing in a flavorful sauce just right for dipping the crusty/airy bread. The kitchen divided and separately plated the appetizer for us, which is a huge service plus to me. The wine we chose was unavailable, and a same priced wine was recommended which was excellent. For mains we had the paella valenciana, which was a large portion full of various meats and fresh seafood, and the soft shell crab, which were two HUGE crabs in a lemon butter caper sauce with fresh asparagus. Also accompanying the mains were black beans and a platter of fresh vegetables. For dessert we shared a fabulous meringue, served over caramel sauce and slivered almonds--also split and separately plated for us. Looking forward to leftover paella for lunch today!

53 N Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

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  1. Maybe with a new chef it's worth another try. We did not like it at all when we went about a year ago.

    5 Replies
    1. re: wincountrygirl

      I'd like to try this place again if the food and service have improved - went 4-5 yrs ago and left without an interest in returning. But we went to Portugal last year and I so enjoyed the food, so will give it a go again.

      1. re: Nancy C

        Have they spruced up the interior? Not that it's very important, but they were stuck in the 1980s decor of Westchester restaurants that obviously own the building.

        Good to hear their food has improved, that was boring a decade ago.

        1. re: anonymouse1935

          I hear that this place did a makeover. Any confirmation of that?

          Also, do they have any lunch specials on their menu? Regular menu is rather pricey for a lunch...

          1. re: menton1

            They're on Restaurant Week this week, why not give them a chance? They claim to be offering it for lunch, but I only see the dinner menu http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek...

            They also claim they will be offering a $25 menu after RW is over.

            1. re: MisterBill2

              Can't get there this week, but I was interested in a first-hand report on the makeover and the lunch specials.

    2. Just passed by and it's closed. Thai restaurant coming soon in its place.