Twisted Oak in Tarrytown - any comments?
Has anyone been to Twisted Oak in Tarrytown? Other than a fluff piece in Lohud (which even a review there would be), I haven't seen anything other than Opentable and Yelp. Yelp reviews are mostly positive, Opentable seems to have some negative reviews although overall it's positive. I'm thinking of trying them for HVRW. Sadly they have not posted their menu (either regular or restaurant week). The duck lasagna does look excellent.
I trust Julia a lot more than Lohud, although I guess you could say they're both in the business of selling advertising. Actually, Julia's weekly post is about Twisted Oak, I just noticed it. And it does read like a fluff piece.
I have not seen a normal menu, lots of comments about it being limited, whatever it is.
Good guess since that's where Twisted Oak is :).
I called a little while ago to find out what was on their HVRW, since they didn't respond to my message on FB (nor have they updated the page in a month). They have a pretty good selection. I didn't get to write everything down, but for appetizers they had a white bean soup, mussels, kale and radicchio salad (not sure if that was one or two different salads, I guess they are since Julia Sexton talked about the kale salad), For entrees they had the Duck lasagna, chicken and dumplings. and the pastrami cod that Julia Sexton raved about. For dessert the only thing I wrote down was zeppolis. The caveat is that the menu may change. But it seems like there was plenty of choice. I have a reservation next Tuesday and will report back.
I don't know what it is about Tarrytown and restaurants that don't care about their online presence. Tarry Tavern has had a "under construction" website since they opened (although they do have a menu there) and don't put their HVRW menu up online, either. I guess Twisted Oak has an excuse since they're new.
So I found their website (which has nothing on it) and an email address that actually worked (firstname.lastname@example.org). They emailed me their HVRW menu:
White Bean Polentina
Mustard Greens, Pancetta
Radicchio & Fennel Salad
Cider, Farmhouse Cheddar, Toasted Almonds
Grapefruit, Serrano, Mint, Ricotta Salata
Aqua Pazza, Grilled Bread
Pomarola, Locatelli, Basil
John Fazio Duck Lasagna
Mushrooms, Kale, Duck Egg
Creamed Cabbage Risotto
Green Market Brussels, Apples, Black Pepper, Coach Farm Goat Cheese
Chicken & Dumplings
Hen of the Woods, Mustard Greens, Frascatelle
Pastrami Spiced Chatham Cod
Rye Pain Perdue, Braised Red Cabbage, 1000 Island
Short & Sweet
Beer Braised Short Ribs, Whipped Maple Sweet Potatoes
Sheeps Milk Ricotta, Cara Cara Caramel
Meyer Lemon Angel Pudding
Huckleberry Compote, Chantilly Cream
Saffron Panna Cotta
I had a really great meal at Twisted Oak on Saturday. Searching for reservations last Monday I came upon a 7:30 reservation at Twisted Oak so I grabbed it. When Saturday came, I was about to cancel it due to the lack of menu and the "unknown" of it but my husband convinced me to go.
Service- a bit slow, but extremely friendly and accommodating. Our table wasn't ready till probably close to 8 but we were seated comfortably at a high top by the bar while we waited. Once we were seated our meal was leisurely. This is not a place for a quick meal.
Atmosphere- the space lacks a bit of character, except for the area closest to the bar. It still seems like a work in progress. They need to establish a host station with a dedicated host at the front of the restaurant like they have at North so that people aren't just standing around in the foyer waiting for someone to come and seat them.
Drinks- beer list is pretty boring but has some good basics like Capt. Lawrence Liquid Gold. There's a nice cocktail list and my Aviation cocktail wasn't as good as at Fortina or RIvermarket, but it was quite good (and potent). The wine list BTG is decent and the price point is fair starting at $10.
Food- this is where Twisted Oak really shines. We loved everything we ate. We started with the rabbit meatballs-- four small tender meatballs in a fragrant broth/sauce. The potato leek soup was also great. For entrees, my husband had tagliatelle with a pork ragu and kale. The pasta is made in house and the sauce was rich and creamy. My entree was the winner, though, we agreed- the short rib over oats. The short rib was fork tender and moist. A bit pricey but not a skimpy portion at all. For dessert, we had trouble deciding but we went with the smores pudding, which was a rich chocolate pudding topped with graham crumbles and toasted marshmallow... a perfect sweet ending.
Overall this was a great meal and a fun night out. I will definitely be returning. I do wish they would post a sample menu online. The entrees are pretty pricey for this to be a regular spot for us-- most are about $30, except for the pastas, which are a little cheaper.
Sounds like the food is good, but we only get to Tarrytown when we are going to the music hall and there we are under a time constraint. We have a couple of shows coming up and I worry about the slow service. As a side note, it took me several minutes to respond to this post because of all the ads that have to populate. It's getting so I think twice before I even read a thread.
I imagine if you got there early you'd be fine. They open at 5:30 and the show this past Saturday started at 8. If you got there at 5:30 and ordered pretty quickly, I'm sure you'd be done by 7:30. You could always skip dessert (though it's hard for me to say that! haha).
I concur about the ads. I have adblock on my computer but looking at CH on my phone is an exercise in futility.
My husband and I had another great meal at Twisted Oak on Saturday. This time we were seated in the back room, which needs work in terms of acoustics... it was really hard to hear. However, the food was excellent. Creamy mushroom bisque with arugula pesto, and rabbit rillette croquettes served with a brussels sprouts salad with candied pecans to start. We shared two entrees, the risotto with cabbage, goat cheese, apple (maybe?), and some sort of crispy pork product-- excellent flavors-- and a perfectly pink pork tenderloin (I think) with mashed potatoes and baby greens. The entrees are a bit pricey (the pork was $30ish) but they are large and could serve two if you're having a bunch of small plates too (which I would recommend).
The dessert was a perfect vanilla bean panna cotta and a little play on PB&J with a berry compote on top and delicious dense peanut butter gelato on the side.
My husband had a great beer from a brand new Tarrytown microbrewery, Duncan's Abbey, and I enjoyed my sauvignon blanc.
Service was less scattered than last time.
I really wish they would post their menus on Facebook or somewhere as it would be nice to have an idea of what they have any given day. However, given how much we have enjoyed everything so far, a little surprise isn't so bad.
Much to my own surprise given the lack of menu to be found online, this is fast becoming my favorite restaurant. We had a perfect meal there on Saturday-- after a starter of their charcuterie and cheese board, we had brussels sprouts with maple bacon jam, potatoes poutine style with gravy and cheese, a cream-based rabbit ragu with housemade pasta, and lamb braciole on top of polenta with pistachios. Every single thing was excellent. Dessert was over the top indulgent-- white chocolate "soup" with gianduja semifreddo (photo of it from Westchester magazine's review of their new lunch menu http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Bl...). Great drink menu. Dinner for two with two drinks each was about $150. They have won my trust and I am always excited to go there and discover what's new on the menu.
If you go, request to sit in the front room. I don't notice any problem with noise in the front room. The front room also has more character. The windowless back room has an echo issue. They do not take reservations for a specific room, though they will try to accommodate requests.
As I said in an earlier post, the prices make this an occasional restaurant visit for us. We probably would have been fine sharing just an entree and the half portion of pasta but we couldn't resist the sides too. Given the prices, I think the service could be more polished. Every time it seems to improve, though.
When you make a reservation, make sure to note that you're attending a show there. When they called to confirm, they asked if we were attending the show, so it does seem like they are used to accommodating show-goers. If you could do without an appetizer or dessert I don't think you'd have an issue.