If I could have the calamari salad at Goldfish in Ossining for dinner every night, I would. The lettuce was refreshing, the calamari had a lovely texture and the roasted tomato and roasted beet (one each, yes) were sweet and added depth. A real winner.
As you can see from my previous posts, I’m dining my way through Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, which runs through March 21 (except Saturday). You can see all the participating restaurants here at hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com. Dinners are $26.09 and lunches are $16.09.
Today I’m at Goldfish, the seafood restaurant in Ossining owned by the same folks that have Casa Rina in Thornwood. I’m going to write my review â€” but I want to hear about your experiences, too: whether here or anywhere else. So give me your reviews…. and I’ve got some incentive. I’ll give the authors of my five favorite comments 2 free tickets to our Wine&Food Festival, April 4, 5 and 6 at the DoubleTree Tarrytown.
Goldfish has one of the largest restaurant week menus I’ve seen. There are no fewer than 13 entrees and 9 appetizers or salads. I got to try 6 dishes (including desssert).
I’ve been to Goldfish before, though it’s been a while. I sat in almost the same spot at the bar. I hadn’t made a reservation (do as I say, not as I do!) and there weren’t many tables left. And I can see why. People were having a lot of fun. Susan Aguado of Cortlandt Manor, left, and Rhoda Stephens of Croton-on-Hudson â€”
were dining with Kathe Needle of Cortlandt Manor, left, and Estelle Linz of Cortlandt Manor:
They loved their meal. Mussels, scallops, clams, calamari, steak â€” they had the works. Mussels?
“Huge, soft and not chewy, with lots of garlic.” The filet mignon (served with herbed potato cake, Calabrian zucchini and mushroom sauce)? “So big I had to take home.”
Bruce and Ann Beckmann of Chappaqua had the mesclun salad (with herbed croutons and marinated tomato), the clam chowder, the seared tuna with a sesame crust, arugula potatoes, pesto and tomato vinaigrette and the filet mignon.
They liked everything, and Ann says the filet was also “too much for me.” She was taking it home.
David Seidler of Staten Island and his SO Linda David of Cortlandt were having a ball.
“Loved it!” they said. They had the Chilean Sea Bass, the mussels (“tender and really good”), the clams oreganata (not on the HVRW menu) and the chowder.
These folks are HVRW happy:
From left, Tony Antonopoulos of the Bronx, Mary DeCesare from Tarrytown and Sharon Moskowicz of Ardsley.
“This place is wonderful!” says Mary. “It’s my fifth time here.” Not only that, it was Tony’s second HVRW meal of the day. He went to Restaurant X for lunch. (He also loved it.) They had the arugula salad, the sole and the mussels (“so plump they are!”).
Elaine Seltzer of Yorktown was celebrating her birthday with her son, Scott (of Sleepy Hollow) and her husband Cliff. Happy birthday Elaine!
What would I recommend at Goldfish, you ask? Well for starters, the New England Clam Chowder.
Excuse the half-eaten bowl! My husband couldn’t wait until I got back from snapping photos to dig in. The soup was chockerblock full of clams, and a lovely mix of broth and cream… not too milky, not too thin. Very nice.
I also quite liked the tuna. Sesame-crusted with arugula hashed potaotes, pesto and tomato vinaigrette.
The tuna was a bit cold (though I admit, I spent a couple of minutes taking pictures of it), and though the potatoes were tasty, I expected them to be a little crispier. They were more like diner-style hash browns. There was a nice surprise under the fish: bok choy that was cooked crisp and sweet with a hint of wasabi.
Unfortunately the cod wasn’t as much of a success:
The fish was bleachy smelling and the pasta, though seasoned well (they used plenty of salt in the water) wasn’t dressed properly, as you can see. I wished I’d given this a pass in favor of the sea bass with artichokes or the scallops with asparagus (I told you there were a lot of choices!).
Let’s get back to my salad, though:
It was made with frisee, red leaf, chickory and radicchio lettuces, and the texture of the calamari was not too chewy. There was a tang from the chili dressing and the roasted tomato and beet brought sweetness. I also liked the surprise of the caramelized onions underneath.
Oh, and a by-the-by: with the bread comes a very nice black bean-hummus dip. Very good.
Here’s one of the owners, Tommy Stratis. A very congenial guy:
The dining room:
Desserts? Impressive. The lemon sauce on the ricotta fritters made the dish:
And I fell in love with the butterscotch pot de creme:
It was creamy, rich, sugary and caramel-y. It was a little runny, but I quite liked that.
It’s fun to go to Goldfish â€” really. People know each other. They say hi. They welcome strangers. I didn’t have quite as amazing a dining experience as at my other HVRW restaurants so far, but I walked away wishing there was a Goldfish in my neighborhood, and that’s a good thing.
Goldfish, 6 Rockledge Ave., Ossining. 914-762-0051. goldfishdining.com
ADD: Goldfish Menu. Click to view.