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!
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:
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….
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.
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.
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Price Fixed Dinner Menu
Soup or Salad
Lobster Bisque Caesar
NE Clam Chowder Mesclun Salad
Manhattan Clam Chowder Iceberg Wedge
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
Apple Crisp served warm with Vanilla Ice Cream
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.