New Menu at the Freelance Cafe


There’s a new menu at the Freelance Cafe in Piermont. The Big Eye Tuna Tartar with Avocado and Rice Pearl with Citrus Ponzo is especially delicious:


I know this is a food blog, but I have to give a shout-out to the Hudson River paintings on the wall. They’re by one of my favorite local artists, Frances Welles, who has a studio in Piermont.


The tuna was an amuse. I started with the crabcake, which was on the specials list.


Delicious and full of lump crab.

My husband got the mizuna salad, also on the specials.


Fresh and good with salty cheese.

My dad tried the Frisee Salad with Crispy Organic Egg & Lardons:


Delicious runny egg.

My grandmother ordered the Caesar with garlic croutons and white anchovies.


Peter Kelly, the chef-owner of Freelance, once told me that white anchovies are like a starter fish. If you think you don’t like anchoves, you’ll like these and then move on to liking anchovies later.

For our mains, my dad got the Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon and Green Onions.


Mmm. More bacon.

Grandmom got the Jumbo Coconut Shrimp wtih Dijon Mustard Sauce.


Kelly also told me once that he’s wanted to take this off the menu since the early 1990s but no one will let him. Customers get all up in arms about it if it’s not on the menu.

My husband got the Berkshire Pork Medallions with White Cheddar and Corn Grits and Chili and Apricot Glaze:


You don’t usually see grits in these parts. Very good and creamy.

And I couldn’t resist the frisee salad, even though my dad had already tried it:



Egg was a tiny bit overcooked but very very delicious. I scooped it all up with my bread.

For dessert we tried the mango-coconut tart:


The tropical flavors are great.

And some chocolate goodness:


Another fine meal at the very comforable neighborhood restaurant.

Click here to see the PDF of the new menu.

The 411 on The Freelance Cafe & Wine Bar.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, 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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