Hudson Valley Restaurant Week: Armonk Lobster House

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Another rousing night of fun during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week! This one at the Armonk Lobster House, where I found amazing great garlic bread, a fantastic wine list and a couple of brothers who would make a can’t-miss reality show.

Don’t believe me? Check out this video:

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Pretty hilarious, huh? OK, now on to our dinner….

More than 80 restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley are offering $28.09 dinners and $20.09 lunches through April 3 except Saturday. (Caveat: check the Web site hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com to see which restaurants are offering which meals. Not all are offering both.)

Every day through April 3, we’ll be covering a different restaurant here on Small Bites.

Like my previous two evenings, the menu at Armonk Lobster House offered a good number of choices and huge portions.

And there were equally happy customers. These two — Karen Baryskyas, left, and Jane Ciaramella — loved the lobster bisque and the lobster tail. Hey… you’re going to the Armonk Lobster House, right? Get lobster!

This table of six from Heritage Hills in Somers was a happy gang. By the time I talked to them, they had only had soup and salad, but they loved everything — especially the garlic bread!

Florence and Henry Olsen:

Merna and Ray Gerson:

Herber and Esther Weiss:

Seriously… it was some of the best garlic bread I’ve ever tasted:

Those guys aksed for a second helping!

More happy customers in Ted and Eileen James:

Back at my table, we had a killer white wine from Benzinger in Sonoma.

Did you know the Benzingers were originally from Westchester? We’re working on a story about them for our upcoming Wine&Food special section!

That really hit you on the nose with grapefruit and had an amazing amount of citrus all around.

The regular menu… which we did not order from:

There were three soups and three salads available. We got the three soups.

New England Clam Chowder:

Lobster bisque:

And Manhattan Clam Chowder:

The Manhattan was too salty. (I know I’ve been saying that about a lot of HVRW dishes. Weird.) My favorite was the New England. Creamy, chunks of potato and good clams. I also liked the bisque — nice sherry.

Between courses, a look around. Outside:

Did you know theres’s an outdoor patio in the back? I can’t wait for this to open. Fried clams and a hot summer day are calling….

The bar:

The restaurant:

I’m listening intently:

(This is what you get you when take a photographer out to dinner.)

I had some help from my other photographer friend:

Linguine with clams, cockles and scallops. Plus bacon and greens.

A fantastic combination…. there was a bit of grit in a lot of my bites. But I loved the fish and the pasta was very well prepared. (My friends did not find grit, BTW. It must be like salt. It’s finding me.)

Flounder with rice:

Very nice. Flaky and fresh.

Lobster tail. A little bland. But hey, it’s lobster!

The long view:

Desserts were fab. Apple crisp:

Appley and not too sweet. (A good thing for me.)

Very nice cheesecake. Strong vanilla flavor:

Creamy and silky panna cotta.

Very nice.

All in all a fun meal. There’s a very nice wine list here, which is cool, too. It’s nice to have a place where the food isn’t so fancy, but the wine is still great. I mean, who’s to say you shouldn’t have a kick-ass chardonnay with your lobster roll? Certainly not me.

The menu:

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Price Fixed Dinner Menu

First Course

Soup or Salad

(Choose One)

Lobster Bisque Caesar

NE Clam Chowder Mesclun Salad

Manhattan Clam Chowder Iceberg Wedge

Main Course

Choose One)

Seven Ounce Broiled Lobster Tail

Seared NY Strip Steak with Sauce Béarnaise

Pan Roasted Grouper Fillet with Lemon Butter Sauce

Served with Fresh Sautéed Vegetables and your choice of Rice Pilaf,

Parsley Potatoes, or Shoestring Fries

Dessert

Panna Cotta

Cheesecake

Apple Crisp served warm with Vanilla Ice Cream

The 411 on Armonk Lobster House.

Oh, and about those brothers? You’ll have to wait until tomorrow when I post the video. You will die laughing, that’s for sure.

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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.

6 Comments

  1. its seems that every blog now is going to be a fluff piece.There will no longer be a bad restaurant in all of westchester.The lobster house is plain awful no other way to discribe it.From the funky smelling fish to the harried service.No way this place should even get a luke warm review

  2. The first thing I noticed was the lack of fish smell at the Lobster house. I would definately go there again to eat. I had the lobster bisque soup/grouper with rice/apple crisp. Left happy and satisfied.

  3. Armonk Lobster House is where I had the best linguini and clam sauce I ever had! My wife had fish which was so fresh it seemed they caught it in the brook out back. Our son had Oysters and Lobster, they were both equally delicious and fresh. We’re definately going back, fresh fish is hard to find!

  4. i will correct myself the place did not smell of fish it smelled of ammonia.Which is a sign of badly kept fish

  5. Armonk Restaurant Week Debut

    With Armonk Restaurant week around the corner, the people of Armonk are waiting in anticipation. Armonk’s premier restaurants are open to customers from all over Westchester and more for an indulgent meal. For many, this is an inexpensive way to try some of Armonk’s restaurants for the first time but for others, Armonk Restaurant Week allows them to go to their favorite restaurants for a cheaper price. This week spans from April 26th-May 1st and has three tiers of dining all at different prices for lunch and dinner. There has been a lot of talk about this event especially among families with young children. Cindy Binder, a fairly new Armonk resident states, “Our family is very excited to try the new Armonk Lobster House for the first time. My kids get to decide where we eat during Armonk Restaurant Week because all of the choices are great.”

    Armonk Restaurant Week is truly a great deal, you can eat at Beascakes for lunch at only $3.99 per person. At a slightly higher price, you can eat a prix-fix meal at Kira Sushi for as little as $9.99 per person. With the slow economy, eating out at these prices is an amazing bargain.

    Around town, a few questions have been circling the masses. First, people want to know if there is a buffet or a preplanned meal for each restaurant. The answer is that there is a preplanned menu for the fixed price at each restaurant. Another commonly asked question is “is every restaurant part of Armonk Restaurant Week?”. The answer is no, the only restaurants participating are listed in the dining section of AllAboutArmonk.com listed at the top of the page.

    Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to indulge and eat at a great price!

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