HVRW: Liz (and Jimmy Fink) at Vahalla Crossing in Valhalla

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Last Thursday, I went to Valhalla Crossing in Valhalla with Jimmy Fink, my friend and favorite DJ over at 107.1 The Peak. (Sorry Rob, Chris, Chris, Caroline, etc. etc.!) I’d never been to the restaurant before… but it has always intrigued me, being in an old train car and all.

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We made a reservation, but we needn’t have, really. But I imagine it gets really crowded with the after-work happy hour types and families dining early. It’s perfect for that kind of night out. Check out the huge (and gorgeous) bar:

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See the clock above with the Valhalla Station lettering around it? Really beautiful. So we started with the appetizers. I had the crab cakes:

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Crunchy, a bit bready, but good with a real nice kick from some sriracha on the side of the plate. Wow!

Jimmy had the pea soup:

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A little sloppy in the serving (it spilled all over the rim and onto the platter), but it tasted fine. Not homemade, I don’t think.

He also had this enormous chicken wrap with bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato:

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He only ate half, it was so huge. But good. And the onion rings were crisp and hot.

I had basically the same thing, just without the wrap. Kind of a Cobb salad, but with olives:

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It was fresh and tasty, but I also only ate about half.

Here’s Jimmy. He doesn’t like this photo, but I think he looks handsome!

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Are you guys going to The Peak’s 6th birthday party with the Hold Steady next Friday at Life: The Place to Be in Ardsley? It’s sold out already. I’ll be there… so if you see me (or Jimmy), be sure to say hi! (BTW, The Peak is also a sponsor of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.)

We had a couple bites of the bread pudding for dessert. Super sweet:

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Here’s a few photos from around the restaurant. The side dining room:

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The main dining room:

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A tiny private dining room:

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And this dining room, which is inside the car I showed you in the first photo:

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Seems like that would be a great place for a small party.

Valhalla Crossing isn’t haute cuisine, it’s pub grub in a casual setting. Just the kind of place you want to meet a friend like Jimmy for a bite and a little catching up. I’ll be back for sips and snacks after work one day soon.

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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.

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  1. Hey! …Stop by sometime on a Saturday night…live acoustic/vocal music from JoE nO who’s been there almost 3 years now playing originals & covers from Cash to Cure weekly…music starts at 9pm & will go till 12am if crowded…call ahead as the music is sometimes cancelled due to pre-emptive NY sports, i.e., World Series w/Yanks or Mets, Saturday night Jets playoff, etc!

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