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Fall Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks - November 4-17, 2013

No one else seems to have started it so I figured I'll start a thread for the upcoming Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks. I'm not going to post the list this time (at least not in this post) since it made the thread hard to read.

Here's a link to the list of participating restaurants, sorted by name:

http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek...

Now for some really sad news. Back Yard Bistro in Montgomery is closing. I first learned about this place thru HVRW and they always had the most imaginative and varied restaurant week menu. I will really miss them.

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  1. Some musings..

    The CIA American and French restaurants are participating with no limitation on days (or not listed on the HVRW site) but it doesn't matter since they're booked on Saturdays (and many weekdays) already.

    Restaurant North in Armonk takes reservations 28 days in advance. Restaurant X and X2O are taking reservations already.

    42 is not doing lunch this time and as usual has many surcharges for dinner (which is odd since I thought their new regular menu was supposed to be less expensive).

    1. Hello! I can't even begin to describe how devastated I am about BYB closing....I just found out yesterday, it's my most favorite restaurant. I actually joined chowhound (i've been lurking for quite some time) in order to deal with my misery, I'm glad I have found someone else here who is also sad!

      But at least HVRW is coming up, we always look forward to trying something new, this year I think I'd like to try Duo Bistro in Kingston.

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      1. re: Elphie2983

        Yes, Duo's menu looks interesting, and they got a very good writeup in HV Magazine.

        I had hoped to eat at BYB before they close, either on closing night or else this past Saturday. They were supposed to get back to me but did not, and when I called a second time on Friday, I got a message that they were closed this weekend for a catering event. So I'm not sure if they'll be able to get me in on the 2nd, and I am busy the next two Saturdays.

      2. I'm going to Gaucho Grill in White Plains for lunch with a group of friends. Has anyone gone there during HVRW? If so, what's good to order? None of my group has ever been there.

        1. Cafe of Love and Rivermarket (Kittle House place in Tarrytown) have their menus posted on their websites.

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          1. re: MisterBill2

            Thanks for posting this, Misterbill. I already made reservations for our biannual trip to North for one of the Fridays, and I made one at Rivermarket to give it another try. But after looking at Rivermarket's menu, I'm not terribly excited by it, so I may cancel it.

            I was so underwhelmed by Cafe of Love when it first opened that I haven't been back there, but I have to say, their desserts alone look like reason to go there.

            Do any other restaurants in Westchester offer Fri/Sat HVRW reservations that do as good a job as North?

            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              How about Valley? Their menu isn't up yet but they usually have some good stuff. I wanted to eat there on a Thursday but they told me they're only doing Friday-Sunday, so I probably will not get there this year (we have other plans both weeks). We had a really nice HVRW meal at Cafe of Love earlier this year. I'm a big fan of Salmon Tartar and Rack of Lamb, and as you said, their desserts sound great.

              Rivermarket's menu also does not thrill me but unless I find something else that overwhelms me, we will likely still go just to give it a try. My son is working in NYC these days and takes Metro-North to Croton, so if he can get off the train early and meet us somewhere it's convenient. We're doing The Cookery on a weeknight (that's another possibility for you, but they do not take reservations Friday and Saturday for parties of less than 5).

              Why don't you drive somewhere north on Saturday? We're going to Tavern at Diamond Mills in Saugerties for our long trip this year. Duo in Kingston is also supposed to be very good. Restaurant X in Congers also does a nice job for HVRW (not too far away).

              1. re: MisterBill2

                Don't get me wrong-- river market is very promising based on my early meal there. But we already ate the burrata, we've had a similar salad and salmon often at KH and we ate the amazing toffee dessert already. So I'm just thinking we should try something different.

                Valley we've been to twice and the first time I loved it but the second time the service was really bad. Food second time was so so (just my entree, really, but it was so uninspired it makes me hesitate to return). I'm done with x2o's rw assembly line and 42 did not impress other than the view (too nightclubby).

                I think maybe we'll give cafe of love a go. Always like an excuse to get to my kisco in the evening to get a drink at pour.

                I'll look a bit further afield at the others you mentioned. Thanks!

                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                  I don't go to X2O for RW anymore but have had 2 nice RW meals at X in Congers (plus Peter Kelly's Creme Brulee and Red Velvet Cake are my daughter and wife's favorite desserts, and both are on the menu). I refuse to go to 42 for dinner because of all of the surcharges. Their lunch was really good but they're not doing it this time around. Plus, Anthony was the only chef who declined to come out to let me take a photo during the Lohud Scavenger Hunt last time (photo of the chef was one of the items), so I am not at all inclined to return.

                  Glad to hear that the buratta and toffee cake at RiverMarket were good.

          2. I don't know. ?..is it me, or the menus for the majority of restaurants are just not that appealing anymore? I feel like these "restaurant weeks" have gone downhill the past 2 year. No interesting ingredients or techniques. And what's up with some restaurants adding ridiculous supplement fees for the few interesting dishes that are offered?

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            1. re: liza219

              Who else has supplements other than 42? I agree that it's ridiculous and I refuse to eat there because of it. They did not have them for lunch, but they're not doing lunch this time.

              Many places do not have their menus up yet and I agree that many that do are not exciting. Cafe of Love and Diamond Mills menus are among the more interesting, IMHO. I like Tarry Lodge's as well, but I love duck breast.

              My gut feeling is that doing HVRW for two weeks twice a year is taking a toll on some of the restaurants. They do not seem to have a "use this ingredient" sponsor this time (like Crown Maple last time or maybe 2 times ago) so there's no common theme trying to incorporate something into as many dishes as possible. It does appear that farro is this year's hot ingredient.

            2. I rescind my suggestion of Tavern at Diamond Mills. My son just checked their menu again and they've dropped one appetizer and one entree (the foie gras and beef cheeks dish that we were going there for). I'm be cancelling m reservation and looking for someone else to go. Not worth driving 90 minutes for limited selections.

              Maybe I'll try Crave and hope that they have good stuff this time.

              1. Crave has their menu posted on their website, looks pretty good to me. I just called The Cookery and they don't have their menu set yet. I guess it will be a surprise when we get there on Tuesday, since they are closed on Mondays. I don't generally like surprises for RW.

                Valley had not set their menu when I spoke to them Thursday night. They were supposed to email it to me, but haven't.

                1. Anyone been to Restaurant North during this RW yet? Husband and I have a reservation Wednesday evening, just curious about the menu. (He's pickier than me...)

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                  1. re: Mrs.Sean

                    RW is just starting today so you won't have an answer just yet. North usually doesn't post their menu, but it has never disappointed me in the past. They usually have a beef entree and a fish entree, and I think last time they had a pork entree. They have always had a cookie skillet on the menu too, and the past few times they've had a $20-$30 bottle of red/white NYS wine on the menu. Please report back! We are going Friday.

                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                      Ah, of course - somehow I thought this was week 2. Yes, we went there for the last RW and it was really wonderful. As long as there's at least one dish in each course that doesn't have fish or mushrooms, he'll be OK! I'll report back afterward...

                      1. re: Mrs.Sean

                        They're usually pretty flexible so if you need them to change something, they're likely going to do it. I stopped in on Saturday because we were passing by, and they said they'd email me a copy of the menu when they printed it. But they're closed today so I guess if they send it to me, it will be tomorrow. We'll be there Thursday. Also, if you really want to know what's on the menu, I'm sure they will read it to you if you call them on Tuesday.

                        Valley has posted their menu on the HVRW site. Looks interesting, I think we will go there instead of Tarry Lodge.

                  2. I will be going to the Terrace Club in Mahopac on Wednesday - trying someplace new. Valley's menu is now posted, btw.

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                    1. re: Solstice444

                      How did you like Terrace Club? We went there once and weren't impressed and have not been back. Definitely not on the same level as North and Valley.

                      1. re: MisterBill2

                        We really enjoyed the food, although the service could have been better. They served popcorn as a precursor to the meal which was tasty, and then they also brought bread out. I had skirt steak which was served over caramelized onion and tiny pieces of bacon, along with creamed spinach. Very good! We had a table right next to the window but since it was dark, unfortunately we didn't benefit from the great view. We would go back, and hope for better service.

                        1. re: Solstice444

                          They're still doing the popcorn thing? Ugh. I never understood that at a restaurant that tries to make you think they are fine dining.

                    2. Kittle House has their menu up and it looks really good, especially the appetizers.

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                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                        Yes, it's been on their website for a while now. I don't understand why so many restaurants do not send them to Valley Table to be posted. I can't be the only one who likes to see the menu before making a reservation and we shouldn't need to do a scavenger hunt looking for menus on their websites!

                      2. I received North's menu via email this evening. Usual disclaimers that it may change daily. I've had their striped bass and it's REALLY good. The Quinoa salad is also great. We'll be there tomorrow night (Thursday).

                        Pumpkin Risotto
                        Chicken Wing Confit, Sycamore Farms Pumpkin

                        Raw Kale-Quinoa Salad
                        Preserved Meyer Lemon, Greek Yogurt, Radish

                        Steamed PEI Mussels
                        Carrots, Basil, Grilled Hearth Bread

                        ~

                        Wild Striped Bass – Montauk, LI
                        Fall “Caponata”, Black Dirt Onion Rings

                        Meiller’s Farm Whole Roasted Pig
                        Parsnip, Spaetzle, Cider, Shiso

                        Gnocchi Fonduta
                        Blue Potatoes, C Local, Jerusalem Artichokes

                        ~

                        Pumpkin Polenta Cake
                        Caramel, Battenkill Whipped Cream

                        “Super Awesome” Chocolate Chip Cookie
                        Jane’s Hudson Valley Vanilla Ice Cream

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                        1. re: MisterBill2

                          Wow, I am even more excited now! Thank you for posting this!

                          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                            Minor change on their HVRW menu tonight. They had pork confit instead of the roasted pig (which was still on the regular menu). As always, a great meal. The foccacia was one of the best breads they've had (did not try the gluten free poppy seed variety tonight).

                            1. re: MisterBill2

                              Pork confit sounds even better. I'm pretty sure they had the whole roasted pig last restaurant week. Their focaccia is ridiculously good. Glad you enjoyed. Counting down the hours till our reservation later!

                          2. re: MisterBill2

                            We've had everything except the mussels and the gnocchi! the risotto was outrageously delish and other dishes were terrific, too!!What did you think?