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ktgshopper Oct 14, 2012 09:37 AM

Saw that it reopened... menu posted online but no prices... Has anyone been? What's it like?

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    coldbeer Oct 15, 2012 07:39 AM

    The space is wonderful...except the lights in the bar are too bright. The outdoors area seems like it will be nice when completed, but to me it seems like it could use a more casual menu, perhaps it will get one. Mr. Bucco put the burger from Stage Left on the map...he should go with what works. He is a technically proficient chef...beautiful presentation and inspired pairings, but I find a certain antisceptic quality to the dining room which leads to an almost hushed reverence and an over analysis of what should be a light hearted jaunt through the country. Maybe they need a house band instead of the piano guy...it's weird, the place just doesn't smell like a restaurant.

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    1. re: coldbeer
      Duppie Oct 15, 2012 04:45 PM

      I remember the old Ryland inn always smelled of apples and browned butter.

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        Mr. Bingley Oct 15, 2012 06:47 PM

        they learned that from...oh c'mon brain remember...what was the place in Tribeca in the 90s? Had the crates of apples by the door when you walked in.

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          Duppie Oct 15, 2012 08:00 PM

          I actually vaguely remember a restaurant in Soho that had the same mound of granny smith apples by the entrance but can't remember the name either.

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            bgut1 Oct 15, 2012 08:40 PM

            Bouley?

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              Mr. Bingley Oct 16, 2012 05:09 AM

              That's it! I kept coming up with Daniel Boulod last night and I knew that wasn't right...man I hate getting old.

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                bgut1 Oct 16, 2012 08:44 AM

                Mr. Bingley - I know the feeling. It helps that I have a copy of their menu hanging up in my home with a watercolor of the entrance (showing the baskets of apples) on the front cover.

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                  Mr. Bingley Oct 16, 2012 09:12 AM

                  I can still picture in my mind's eye the entrance and the lovely fresh clean aroma.

                  Ah, when we were young and living in an innocent world...

      2. ambrose Oct 14, 2012 02:33 PM

        If you search the web you will find a few reviews about the new Ryland Inn. I think they may still be in their 'soft opening' stage, with a limited menu. Here are a few comments from Open Table:

        http://reviews.opentable.com/0938/922...

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          foobuc Oct 14, 2012 05:19 PM

          drove by yesterday in the afternoon and the whole staff was out by route 22 and there were firetrucks and other emergency vehicles there. I don't know what was going on.

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            ALM54 Oct 20, 2012 11:34 AM

            We had dinner at the Ryland Inn last night. The entrance has been renovated and updated, making for a more impressive entry, probably for weddings. The bar is lovely, expanded and in handsome black lacquer and has some very interesting and inventive cocktails. The bar area was busy and filled when we left at early evening. The outdoor back patio looks very pretty but of course was not open on such a rainy night. The staff tries very hard, very welcoming. They might hover a little too much for the comfort of some.

            As for the food, well, they had mighty big shoes to fill. We found the food to be good but not exceptional. My beef tartare was overpowered by the accompanying crackers, traditional toast points would have allowed the mildness of the beef to be tasted more clearly. My duck was tasty but accompanied by overly sweet garnish sauce. The brussel sprouts could have been seasoned better and the confit disappointing. It was not bad, but we could not help remembering all those exceptional meals in the past.

            They are trying hard and many people wish them the best. I hope the food picks up.

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