HVRW: Kendra Wales at The Division Street Grill in Peekskill

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Peekskill is one of my favorite spots in Westchester. A lot of people reference the city as being “on the rise” or “up-and-coming,” but there are so many wonderful spots there, that if you haven’t been yet, you’re really missing out. A pleasant addition to the downtown Peekskill area is the Division Street Grill, where my fiancee and I dined this week during HVRW.

The entrance and bar area.

The entrance and bar area.

The ambience is lovely – the small tables glow with tea lights, and large, impressive paintings by featured artist Dina Herrmann adorn the walls. (If you fall in love with one – you’re in luck! The website says the pieces are for sale.) If you enjoy dining with live music, be sure to check their website for performance listings.

We were seated at a corner table by the large street-side french doors, and I enjoyed watching the city darken after sunset as we dined. We were presented with an extensive and impressive wine list, complimented by a short list of house specialty cocktails. I was disappointed to see that only a small handful of wines were available by the glass, and so decided to try the Division Street Cosmopolitan – a house recipe featuring Absolut Mandarin and berry liquer.

The Division Street Cosmopolitan

The taste of the cosmopolitan at first felt too sweet, but when my sweet and savory Oven-Roasted Pear Salad arrived, it was a match made in flavor harmony heaven! The warmth of roasted pears, crunch of pistachios, creaminess of goat cheese, and complex coating of apple cider vinaigrette made for one incredible appetizer. I enjoyed it more after fresh ground pepper; a better balance of flavors.

Oven-Roasted Pear Salad

My fiance’s Seafood Crepes lacked in presentation, but not in taste.

Seafood Crepes

He remarked that the individual bites of scallops, shrimp and clams were fresh and delicious, but overall, the pear salad won the appetizer round in flavor.

For dinner, I had the Barramundi Filet with jasmine rice —

Barramundi Filet with white wine glaze

— and my fiancee enjoyed the Asian BBQ Spare Ribs — baby back ribs served with french fries, both served with a garnish of drizzled balsalmic glaze.

Asian BBQ Spare Ribs

Asian BBQ Spare Ribs

The barramundi filet was fresh and appealing, but could have been more flavorful, in my opinion. Fresh parsley was absorbed into the sauce, which I usually prefer as a chopped topping, and it required a dash of salt and pepper. But the texture was good, and the jasmine rice was positively delectable – soft and buttery while maintaining its signature floral and fresh taste. The spare ribs absolutely won the dinner round for taste with their Asian BBQ sauce – we couldn’t get enough of it! It was so incredibly complex and flavor-intense that we scraped up every drop. No one cared that there wasn’t a vegetable in sight.

For dessert, we tag-teamed the Banana-Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding, and the Warm Apple Crisp, both of which were excellent. The apples were tart, and a gorgeous compliment to the rich and sweet ice cream – so thick, you could eat it with a fork! I forgot to ask if the ice cream was homemade, but it certainly tasted so. Neither dessert was too rich or too sweet.

Banana-Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding

Banana-Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding

Warm Apple Crisp

Warm Apple Crisp

Our server, Janet, was top-notch in her knowledge and tableside manner, and was thoroughly attentive even though the dishes were slow to arrive.

Overall, we had a pleasant dining experience in a warm and intimate setting. I hope you enjoy the Division Street Grill.

The Division Street Grill in Peekskill

The Division Street Grill in Peekskill

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