This will be the last post for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, and after today, I’m going to cut off for the contest. I’ll choose the authors of my five favorite comments and give them each a pair of tickets to the Greater New York Wine & Food Festival the first weekend in April at the Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown.
I’ve been so busy getting ready for next week’s TV special on RNN (tune in at 630 PM Wednesday to see tons of local stories about the food and wine scene!), so I didn’t get a chance to dine out this week. Luckily, I had plenty of volunteers to help me out, including Judith Hausman, who headed to Jackson & Wheeler for lunch on Wednesday. Judy needs a bit of practice with the camera, but she has plenty of experience writing about food in Westchester. Here’s what she found. Judy:
I’ve been meaning to get back to Jackson and Wheeler in Pleasantville for a long time. The place is always filled to the gills on weekend movie nights; it’s so convenient to The Jacob Burns Film Center. And I’m always getting wind of events, holiday meals and performances there too.
It seemed like a good bet for another Restaurant Week lunch.
Unfortunately, I found the menu choices uninspired. Standard baby spinach with (a little too much) respectable lemony vinaigrette and real bacon. The dressing on my friend’s regular-menu beet and goat cheese salad was really sweet though. I could’ve tried the butternut squash soup, or the iceberg and blue cheese salad.
Of the three entree selections, I bypassed a buffalo chicken wrap and fussili with spinach, olives and chopped tomato for the grilled portobello sandwich with mozzarella and red peppers. The mushroom cap was juicy but the dish had little flavor other than what the roasted peppers contributed. The hamburger bun was unacceptable. Why didn’t somebody slice some good bread or grill a panino? Otherwise, the sandwich was fine and as billed…just not an event-level, show-off-our-menu offering. My friend’s sweet potato fries and gooey grilled cheese from the regular menu were better but expensive.
Now dessert…Raspberry swirl cheesecake is just too much for lunch so we shared the napoleon. Tough pastry but decently flavored cream filling. Bit of a boring choice, tough.
If Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is an opportunity for marketing, Jackson and Wheeler didn’t take it. The selections did not show off what they could do at all and was calculated, I think, down to the $16.09.
Jackson & Wheeler, 25 Wheeler St., Pleasantville. 914-741-2000. jacksonandwheeler.com