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Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks Spring 2014 - March 10-23

No one has started a new thread so I guess I will. Here's the list of restaurants:

http://hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com...

I've made reservations at Restaurant X, Cafe of Love, North, Saint George (no menu posted yet so I'll see if I keep it), MP Taverna (since I complained to them last time when they didn't post their menu and it's convenient to Metro North for my son). Have to call Valley but I'm sure that won't be a problem. Might do Crave in POK again, although Duo in Kingston's menu looks interesting.

Inn at Pound Ridge is not participating (surprise!).

The CIA restaurants are booked on Saturdays, as is X2O (and even for Sunday before 8pm!). Remember North is now open on Sundays so that is an option. The 42 menu has so many surcharges I had trouble finding stuff that DIDN'T have one.

Any suggestions from past visits? I really miss Backyard Bistro.

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  1. I was waiting for you to post your usual thread. :) good call on st. George- are they excluding Fri/sat?

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      I was on a cruise last week and I hadn't really looked at the list before I went away. I ate so much I may be hungry by the time HVRW starts.

      I saw at the bottom of one of the menus that Valley Table is running a contest this year via Tweets. I hope they give out the prizes. My kids didn't get anything last year even though they posted some great collages on Instagram with the lohudfood tag. They claimed they'd give out prizes but never did.

      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        Looks like no Fri/Sat for Saint George.

        I won't be going back to Rivermarket. I don't think I ever posted my review but we had a terrible experience there. The burrata salad was a quarter of a burrata each (and not evenly cut so some portions were larger than other - and we all had the same appetizer). Service was as bad as I had read. Maybe it's gotten better, but I won't be finding out.

        1. re: MisterBill2

          Hi Bill, where did you read the service was bad?

          1. re: LizJohnson

            Liz, I just took a quick look at Yelp and there were at least 9 reviews stating that there were service issues.

            1. re: LizJohnson

              I suspect that I would have read about bad service on Opentable. When we got there back in November (after initially missing the entrance because there was no sign), I told the server that I had read about bad service and good service online, and hoped that she was the good service. Alas, it did not work, and it was bad. Among the things I remember from last time, the bread took forever to arrive and when my wife requested more they brought bread for one person (after several minutes). I recall seeing our entrees being carried to us and then past us, because no one had cleared the appetizer plates. Once someone came over and cleared them, our food made another pass and was delivered. And when they brought our leftovers, for some inexplicable reason they had decided to combine two of the same dish into one container, even though that was not requested.

              Now back to a current report. My daughter went for lunch on Friday with co-workers and enjoyed it, so she and my son went for dinner tonight (my wife and I went to Saint George). Service was once again terrible. Their meal took 2 hours with long waits between courses. They brought them the entrees that were supposed to go to the table next to them (this was while they were waiting for their appetizers). They gave them the wrong silverware for the entrees. They did not pack up my son's sides as requested (he had finished the duck), but to their credit they did make him fresh ones when he pointed it out. This time it arrived quickly but they never offered more (and apparently it was not as good as last time). However, they did enjoy the food.

              If you want more the details, here is a shameless plug for my son's food and sports blog where he detailed our meal at Rivermarket (and has other reviews there as well, including both NYC and HV Restaurant Weeks):

              http://wallstreetgourmet.tumblr.com/p...

        2. I didn't see this post! I just posted about how much I miss it, I miss it desperately, I implore everyone here for opinions on similar spots to BYB :)

          I ate at Duo, it was fantastic :) That's the only one in the list I can comment on :)

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          1. re: Elphie2983

            Glad to hear you liked Duo. It's a bit of a schlep for me but maybe we'll do it one weekend. The menu sounds interesting.

          2. Cafe of Love's dinner menu is posted on the HVRW site. As always, a very nice selection. My daughter loves their almond bread pudding.

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            1. re: MisterBill2

              Although it's not restaurant week yet, I have a reservation at cafe of love tomorrow night, I was going to be in the area, and based on your mentioning it here, i wanted to try it, it does sound lovely.

              1. re: Elphie2983

                Their food is excellent. Kind of pricey at regular price. I think you can find a discount coupon at Restaurant.com, but probably only for $15 (which won't put much of a dent in your meal cost).

                1. re: MisterBill2

                  We just ate there, it was exquisitely delicious :) I'm glad we went and look forward to next time!

            2. I emailed the folks at Valley and they told me that they're doing Thursday-Saturday this time but won't have the menu for another week. Also, Crave is now on Opentable, although the HVRW website doesn't have a link. Be sure to find it yourself and not go thru the link on Crave's website, or you'll lose the Opentable points (you don't get them if you link from the restaurant's website).

              1. Here's a surprise - North's menu is posted on the HVRW site!

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                1. re: MisterBill2

                  Oh yay! Looks great as usual! I don't really get the escarole appetizer, seems a little odd, but I trust them! I guess like a warm salad?

                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                    Don't know, but it doesn't matter to me, since I'll be doing the risotto appetizer again!

                    1. re: MisterBill2

                      I'll just say I've eaten everything on that particular menu except the escarole ( my husband doesn't like croutons- don't ask!!) and it's all been OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!! The chicken burger is my standard when I am there for lunch/brunch and the confit in the risotto was good, we fought over it. The Beet Barley soup is unusual and wonderful. Enjoy your dinner!!