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Jul 9, 2010 04:39 PM

Sperry's (Saratoga Springs)

When we were eating at Dine we learned that one of their servers left and went to Sperry's.
Just saw this TU blog from June:

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    1. re: Morganna

      They open tonight with a limited menu. Tomorrow full menu.

      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        Full menu not until next week. Three course $30 prix fixe right now. Choice of:

        *Sperry's classic chicken liver pate
        *Maryland style jumbo lump crab cakes w/ tangy remick glacage
        *Artichoke fritters w/Meyer lemon aioli, balsamic greens

        *Sperry's Classic pan carmelized chicken breast dijonnaise
        *Fettucini w/peas, asparagus, crispy pancetta
        *Chef Miller's hangar steak au Poivre w/cognac mustard cream sauce

        *Key lime pie
        *Chocolate ?

        If you stop by they'll give you a copy of the full menu.

        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          Looks like Dale Miller Restaurant (Albany) is being re-branded as Taste. Dale Miller is the executive chef at Sperry's. Thread on Dale Miller (and Sperry's):

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        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          It was great in the first couple of weeks after Chef Miller arrived but lately it just seems to be more pedestrian--no verve, excitement.

          1. Went to Sperry's recently. We didn't have a reservation and they graciously found a table for us. Luckily in the main dining room because the bar and surrounding tables/booths was hopping and crowded by the time we left. Nice to see Fitz. Kenny (Dine, Sperry's) is now at Maestro's. Our server was excellent.

            We started with warm popovers.

            For appetizers we had the artichoke fritters with Meyer lemon aioli. Good.

            I had the grilled quail with sticky plum sauce on a nest of cold Soba noodles. Cooked perfectly, flavorful. Quail can be hit or miss. This was delicious.

            SO had seared tuna tartare with Asian guacamole and tropical salsa. I tasted the tuna. He also had the Autumn salad with poached pear and warm cabot cheddar in phyllo with a mustard vinaigrette and a side of parmesan gnocchi. I tasted the salad and gnocchi. Good.

            I had the oven roasted salmon with Moroccan chermoula rub, vegetable terrine (more like fresh green beans) and couscous. Salmon was cooked perfectly, rub was flavorful and spicy. Delicious.

            A lot more seafood choices than I remembered.

            We shared a dessert (something layer cake like with hazlenut meringue, buttercream, etc.) and espresso.

            Looking forward to returning.

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            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              Went to Sperry's. Fitz is no longer there. It was a weeknight and pretty quiet (even the bar scene). Our server was excellent.

              We started with wine and their signature warm popovers and butter.

              For appetizers we had the artichoke fritters with Meyer lemon aioli and a 1/2 portion of the Maryland style jumbo lump crab cake w/tangy remick glacage (? icing/glazing). Both were very good.

              For mains SO had a 1/2 order of the fettucini with peas, asparagus and crispy pancetta.

              We appreciate the option of 1/2 portions.

              I had the spiced Maple Leaf Farms duck breast with lavendar honey glaze. It was accompanied with barley (I think), carrots and green beans. The barley was so good I wanted more. The green beans were so fresh. Duck was cooked perfectly. This is the best duck I've had in some time (better than LakeRidge and Epicurean . . .still not as good as Ciano or The Modern Dining Room). The carrot, raisin pecan fritter tasted pastey and cardboard-ish. More barley, less (or no) fritter please :)

              SO had the dulce de leche cake. I had a taste. He liked it better than me. We both had espresso.

              Sperry has become a new favorite. I really should listen to SO more often. . .

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                Been to Sperry's for brunch twice now. Had the eggs benedict w/out meat one time. Their Bloody Mary was good. Forgot what I had the other time. Service was relaxed, perfect for a Sunday.

                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                  Fitz is now @ Siros Tratorria "old Lodge" not sure if he is waiting tables, but he was behind the bar!

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    It's been a couple of years now since Dale Miller took over as Executive Chef at Sperry's so we thought it was high time for us to try it. We had not been there in a good number of years. Arriving before 5 without a reservation on a Saturday, we figured we could still score a table. While we sampled two new creations for Fall at the bar, a Pumpkin Pie Martini and a seasonal Mojito with apples and cider ($21 total), bartender Andrew secured us a 5:15 reservation.

                    The warm popovers were not what I remembered. While flavorful and large, they were much heaver than I recalled. I could do without them. For our appetizers my wife chose the Artichoke Fritters ($10) which we both thought were excellent with the Meyer lemon aioli and balsamic greens. Definitely worth ordering again. I chose the Crispy Thai Pork Belly ($12) with sweet potato silk and soy brown butter glaze. It was more meaty than previous pork bellies I've been served, including once at Dale Miller's prior namesake restaurant, so I'm not sure I can fairly compare it. While I thought it was a nice balance of flavors, it was not outstanding.

                    With our appetizers and entrees we chose a glass of Molly Dooker "Two Left Feet" ($12) - a Shiraz blend, and a pint of Sam Adams Oktoberfest ($5/16 oz.). My wife's entree was an Oven Roasted Halibut Fillet ($34) served with leek and shiitake compote, a vintage port sauce, and sides of fresh green beans and a bed of piped potatoes. The halibut was perfectly cooked and well balanced with the compote and port sauce.

                    My entree was a new addition to the Fall menu, a Braised Lamb Shank ($28) with Chermoula rub, Fregola Sarda, and sides of baby carrots and green beans. The shank had a huge amount of meat, tender enough to easily pull away from the bone, and was deliciously flavorful without being gamey.

                    Too full for desert, we settled for a couple cups of very good coffee ($3 each). Extra credit is offered by me at this point for serving sugar cubes, both white and brown - a weakness of mine.

                    A final note of alert. While reviewing my receipt during this writing I've noticed an error in what I was charged. I believe it is truly an error because the item for which I was charged, in place of what I ordered, is not even on the Fall menu. I'll give them a call to see how they address the problem.

                2. I can't remember the last time we've been to Sperry's. Might be time for us to return and check out the new Fall menu.

                  Has anyone been recently?


                  The Yelp perspective:


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                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    We go frequently, when it's not racing season. I miss chatting with Crystal, but otherwise, the place retains its Old Saratoga vibe.

                    1. re: PSZaas

                      Thanks, PSZaas. We need to get back there soon.