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Gleasons in Peekskill: Reviews?

Anyone been lately? What are your thoughts/opinions? Thanks.

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  1. went tonight, and liked it!

    call me crazy, but the food is more flavourful than Birdsall (which can often seem bland to me; especially their charcuterie)

    The pizzas (which they call flatbreads) were really good, and so were the starters.
    Service was friendly.
    Drinks were good.

    the layout is a touch strange with a wide empty isle down the middle, but it's on the whole a good vibe.

    we'll go back.

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    1. re: weedy

      Thanks for the review. Going tonight,. Will report back. Hopefully the menu won't be entirely composed of items I can cook better at home! (Just kidding)

      1. re: frank113

        well. if I had a pizza oven... <g>

        1. re: weedy

          Food was a wonderful surprise. We ate at the bar and had 2 very attentive, friendly bartenders. They knew the menu very well and gave good advice when asked. Fine starters and the flatbreads were delicious. interesting and inventive varieties. Had a really nice bowl of pasta, as well. And, yes, it is a strange layout. Certainly sends the wrong first impression.

          PS: Try the French Connection cocktail. Or 2. Or 3.

    2. Gleasons got a very good review in today's NY Times, getting a "Worth It" rating.

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      1. re: dma1250

        In case anyone wants the link here it is. Yes it sounds terrific

        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/nyr...

      2. I love Birdsall, but I'm not running to Gleason's. The menu seems so limited and I'm just not that into fancy flatbread pizzas when it's something I can make reasonably well myself at home (same with pasta). But I'm glad to see the good review and that they're investing in downtown Peekskill.

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        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

          Just curious. What on the Birdsall menu isn't "something you can make reasonable well yourself at home?" Other than the charcuterie, perhaps.

          1. re: frank113

            While I get your point, Birdsall House has more variety in their menu, and that is something I can't recreate at home on a nightly basis. The reason I've not been to Gleason's yet (and I will get there eventually) is really that the menu is pretty limited and doesn't excite me personally. There are certain things at BH that I've had (their salads, namely, and their desserts, which are grossly overpriced) and been annoyed at their simplicity only because the price they charge is so inflated from what it would cost me to make it at home. However, their reuben, for example, is such an amazing sandwich with all homemade accoutrements and while I *might* be able to recreate it at home it would take me a lot more effort and time than it takes me to make a pizza or pasta dish. Also, the draw of Birdsall House also comes from their beer selection, which my beer-loving husband dotes on.

        2. we were here for lunch during restaurant week. We had squash soup which was a near miss, my wife's flatbread pizza was great...not brooklyn great, but certainly westchester great. I had a good fritatta. Tiramisu was very good, olive cake was delicious.

          we didn't drink anything, they certainly have some interesting beer/bitters. I love the movie posters on one wall, hate the big, lit up "Gleason's" on the other wall.

          My sense is that if you stick to the flatbread pizza and drinks, you're going to be pretty happy with this place.

          1. Gleason's is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots in No. Westchester. The pizzas are outstanding -- fresh ingredients, crispy and served piping hot, but the specials always manage to surprise and delight, too. We were in last night and my Queens-born and bred husband (read reared on great NYC pie) raved about the Peperone "flatbread" pie, which features prosciutto cotto, mozzarella and roasted red peppers.There's a lot more than pizza and good beer, so don't be put off by the smaller menu. The specials are always interesting and provide a wider range of choice. The regular menu features some pasta, not my usual choice when dining out, but the sophisticated orecchiette with lamb ragu and ricotta is too good to pass up. A nice wines by the glass menu complements the pasta offerings. The friendly service at the bar, courtesy of Gary and Jason, tops off a great neighborhood addition. There are also some pretty sophisticated cocktails beeing mixed at the bar with fresh and original ingredients...all this is Peekskill? Wow.

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            1. re: jmtoconnor

              certainly the only place in Peekskill I really like.

              1. re: jmtoconnor

                They don't take reservations; we'd like to go there tonight (a Saturday) with a party of 5; will we have any trouble if we go early, do you think?

                1. re: DGresh

                  How was your experience here, Dgresh?

                  1. re: lemarais

                    Four of us ordered flatbreads, which we all enjoyed very much; my father-in-law ordered a special, which was (as I recall) some sort of veal or pork dish, which he more or less left untouched (though the waiter made no comment). It was very fatty and unpleasant. But all in all it was a nice evening out. Arriving at 6 we had no trouble getting a table; it seemed to start hopping more after 7.

              2. I've been to Gleason's a few times and in some ways I am ending up liking it more than BH.

                1) Love, love the cocktails. I love that they are under $10. I love how carefully and artistically they are made. I love that they are REALLY delicious. The con (for my husband anyway) is that they are not as beer geeky here.

                2) The pizzas are really, really good. While some of them are more complex than others, the prices are pretty fair in relation to the complexity of the 'zas. Because of the limited menu that I posted about as a turn-off back in October, I can get out of here spending much much less than BH.

                3) New happy hour M-F 5-7 PM! $1 off drafts and cocktails and $9 basic pizzas (margherita, marinara, and maybe one more) and $5 off the rest of the pizzas. Dine at the bar for these specials. The bartender (Irish guy) is really friendly and welcomes regulars by name.

                The acoustics, as is becoming the norm, are horrible. On weekend nights it gets reallllly loud. The crowd definitely runs older than BH. Chairs are not so comfortable.

                They have trivia on Wednesday nights.

                1. I've never been here (or to BH) but I think I'm going to try them this weekend. It's Downtown Peekskill Restaurant Week (a really poorly advertised promotion, they had it last year and I never even heard about it). Lunch is $15 and dinner is $25. They told me that for dinner you get your choice of any appetizer and any entree, and then a dessert. Lunch is less of a selection but it works for me so we may try it.

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                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    You don't need to spend $25 a person (including beers or other drinks) at Gleason's, especially if you like sharing.

                    We've been a few times and always enjoyed the food. Service was just fine, but we've only gone on weeknights.

                    1. re: Elisa515

                      I agree that $25 was too much for dinner (even The Parlor is giving a glass of wine with their HVRW dinner menu). We went for lunch for $15. We had the squash soup and red lettuce Caesar salad. The soup was really good, the salad good, but kind of plain. We had the "For cheese" (white) pizza and the winter pizza (squash and Brussels sprouts). The white pizza was excellent the winter pizza interesting but not as good. Dessert was actually the unexpected high point of the meal. My wife had the Chocolate Olive Oil Cake layered with whipped ricotta frosting and I had the Chocolate Panna Cotta.

                      I probably would have preferred the mushroom pizza, but it wasn't on the RW menu. I'd go back and split a pizza with my wife and have dessert, we took home more than a full pie (which we did have for dinner).

                      There were only a few tables filled and only one server, and it was OK. We were actually going to go to Birdsall House for lunch on Sunday, but I decided to call before we left to verify that they were doing the RW menu, and the guy who answered the phone said they were only doing brunch so we didn't bother going. Strange, I had spoken to one of the owners while at Gleasons and told him we were thinking of going to Birdsall for lunch Sunday and he didn't say anything, but looking on their website it seems like Saturday brunch they also do the lunch menu but not Sunday.

                      1. re: MisterBill2

                        I haven't been to Birdsall midday for a few years. Had substandard food and service for lunch twice. Brunch the food was good (only brunch menu on a Sunday, but I think several regular lunch items were on that menu) but service excruciatingly slow. But, that was a few years ago, so maybe things are different now.

                        Glad you liked Gleason's. Sharing works well there and increases the number of things you get to try.

                  2. we've given up on gleasons. Terrible, terrible service the last two times we were there and while the food was good, it's overpriced for what's on the plate.

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                    1. re: vinouspleasure

                      Us too. I kept meaning to update, though I think I mentioned it on another thread. We had such a bad experience we will probably not return anytime soon.

                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                        I hate to hear this! What went wrong? We've been there many times and always enjoyed the food. The service is always slow but not rude or anything. But we've always gone at off hours--maybe that's why we've had a different experience.

                        1. re: spa

                          We had a meal at an off time there (an early dinner, maybe 5 pm on a Friday) with a waitress who was such a disaster that they told us they were going to fire her and we'd never see her again. They did a good job making it up to us but it annoyed us so much that we are not rushing back there. In their defense, it was a one time thing and I hope that I only hear good things from now on so I'm motivated to go back....

                          I am a longtime Birdsall devotee but the service there is pretty pathetic. And once the patio opens up, forget it...

                          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                            this was similar to our experience except we had a waiter. Waited about 15 minutes to take our order, food took 45 minutes and 3 out of five orders were wrong. They fixed the order (slowly) and then didn't charge us for one appetizer and one main dish...and the bill was still expensive for what was on the plate.

                            there were two other tables of people eating in the whole restaurant.

                            1. re: vinouspleasure

                              Such a shame! They need to get their act together.

                              1. re: spa

                                I am befuddled by these comments. We go to Gleasons once a month or more, always on weekend nights at prime time when they are very jammed, and we only had service problems once and the food has always been excellent. The flatbreads are great and every pasta dish and salad we've had has been too. And we love the ambiance. So I'm very surprised to hear the complaints.

                                1. re: dma1250

                                  me too, that's our experience as well.
                                  I've never had less than good, friendly service and we like the food there a lot.
                                  I'm NOT as much of a fan of Birdsall (which is always slightly bland, to me) but we enjoy Gleasons a lot.

                                  1. re: weedy

                                    Glad to hear about the more positive experiences!

                      2. re: vinouspleasure

                        Well, I'm sorry to report that Birdsall house has joined the ranks of Gleason's for me. I will not be returning to BH until I hear some extremely positive reviews. After several annoying experiences with a new waitress who makes me cringe every time I see her(she has rushed us through a three course meal in a record 55 minutes on more than one occasion) and other service snafus (like the opposite, waiting endlessly for food) that I overlooked because I still enjoyed the food, I had a burger ordered medium come out burnt on the bottom and tough on the inside and replaced with an identical burger. To me this is just the last straw; I have not fully enjoyed a meal there in quite some time. I used to recommend this restaurant wholeheartedly to others but I can no longer do so.

                        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                          That's too bad. Your 55 minute 3 course meal reminded me of an HVRW dinner I had at another place in Peekskill -- Monteverde. Equally rushed.