New Chef at the Freelance *with video!*

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Delicious tuna tartare!

Chef Peter X. Kelly has had to do some reshuffling at his restaurants, especially after the news that two Freelance alums — chef Davey Martinez and front-of-the-house charmer Paulo Feteira — have left to open their own place in Haverstraw. (It’s called the Union House and I’ll have more info on that shortly.)

The good news about all of this is that Phillippe Scouarnec, who was chef de cuisine at Xavairs at Garrison for a number of years and most recently worked at Restaurant X in Congers, is the new chef de cuisine at the Freelance Cafe in Piermont. I went on Friday and Philippe is holding up his end of the bargain very nicely indeed.

My husband had the Caesar salad. Crisp lettuce and well balanced dressing as always.

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I had the spicy tuna tartar. It’s not really that spicy — it’s just got a gentle heat. I love the cucumber salad, too. It’s like my family recipe.

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Philippe sent out a nice little benny: one of the specials of the evening. Duck dumpling with apple and prune in a sweet and sour broth. What an eye toward fall! Very rich and delicious. I really liked the apple flavor.

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After that, we were full, so we took about one bite of my husband’s entree — Stone Church Farm chicken (his favorite) — and concentrated on my moules frites (one of my favorites). Check out the video to see those dishes!

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Apres diner, I ordered a big fat Bordeaux. Yum.

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Lisa Rudner is the new pastry chef at Xaviars at Piermont next door. I know Lisa from her work as a part-time sports reporter at the Journal News. She left to go to pastry school and I am very glad she did. The molten chocolate cake was gooey and delicious.

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Here’s the apple strudel crumble cake. I wouldn’t think to order this, but it was moist and packed withe flavor and the crumb topping was sweet but not too sugary. A winner!

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Have you been to Freelance lately? It’s a little hard to score a table. Any tips? (Mine are to go late and sit at the bar.)

Freelance Cafe, 506 Piermont Ave. Piermont. 845.365.3250. www.xaviars.com/freelance.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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