Best Nyack restaurant for thirty-something's birthday??
I'm throwing my boyfriend an informal birthday party. He just wants to go to a restaurant & then hit the bars in Nyack (his favorite is Olives). Anyone have suggestions for a great restaurant for a bunch of thirty-somethings to relax & have a good time?
My boyfriend is all about the atmosphere. The only thing he doesn't like is seafood & I want to keep it on the cheaper end to accommodate all. I'm from Yorktown so I don't know the area well.
I was thinking maybe Casa del Sol?? The atmosphere looks pretty cool on the website.
I'd go here: http://nyackriverclub.net/ The Nyack River Club. Although it's been around for awhile, I only discovered it recently. It's on the water, a plus for atmosphere, it's not terribly expensive, and the food is decent enough. Drinks were poured heavy. It's kind of a throwback to the 80's (a place that your parents would have thought was cool back then). in a way which is something different to the trendy places like Velo, which has great food, expensive and not what I think you had in mind. There's a light menu with lower priced entrees and a higher priced dinner option. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787499
I would suggest the Hudson House. I had my birthday party (10 diners) there last year. The owner and pastry chef, Matt Hudson is an amazing host and the bartender, Andrew, mixes up some great drinks.
The atmosphere can't be beat: it's the old courthouse/jail and the walls and ceiling are pressed tin. The wines are housed in the old jail cell. And Matt's own photography and woodcarvings decorate the space.
It isn't cheap, but the food is good as are the desserts.
I happen to be a fan of Velo as well, but if you will be a slightly larger party, then HH might be a better fit.
Oh, almost forgot. I haven't been in ages but some people I know seem to like it: La Fontana. It's Italian food and it's a large space that is very good for groups. Their brunches are beyond forgettable, but I hear their dinner is pretty good.
Hudson House of Nyack
134 Main St, Nyack, NY 10960
La Fontana Restaurant
95 S Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960
I don't know that Velo is "worlds better" in every category, to be honest.
I've never had poor service at HH and I find their ambiance to be quite fun.
I like Velo very much too but I find that Anthony's menu needs to change up a bit more.
Also, I thought HH a better fit for a group. Velo is very tight and very dark. More conducive to a romantic dinner for two than for a birthday celebration.