Emma’s Ale House in White Plains: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2011

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For the first of what I’m sure will be many, many Hudson Valley Restaurant Week meals on Small Bites over the next two weeks, my colleague Karen Croke and I headed to Emma’s Ale House, not too far from the Journal News headquarters in White Plains. My favorite dish was the chicken lollipops:

They are wings, really, with part of the bones chopped off. They are really tasty — moist on the inside, crispy on the outside. But the top of the charred bone crumbled in my fingers, and that was a little annoying. Kind of gross to have bone chips falling onto your plate. But — I pushed them aside and enjoyed the “lollipops” anyway!

I’ve been to Emma’s a few times before — a few lunches, and a few times for after-work drinks. It’s the perfect sort of pub for either. Comfortable, grown up, with good food and an easy-going staff.

Here are photos from some previous trips: First Look: Emma’s Ale House in White Plains; Lunch at Emma’s.

This time we sat in the back dining room. Photos, after the jump.

The back dining room:

My friend Karen’s “Farmers Market Salad”:

Fantastic! Mixed greens with dried cranberries, cucumbers and a light vinaigrette.

For our mains, we each got burgers. Karen got the “topless’ burger — sans bun:

And I got the turkey burger with cranberry chutney:

Cranberry chutney. Sweet, but very nice.

Both burgers were tasty. Mine was a little dry. Karen’s was super juicy. I guess that’s the difference between turkey and beef, huh?

Our desserts were delishy. Lemon sorbet:

And “Krispy Kreme” bread pudding with caramel sauce:

YUM. I know everyone does a bread pudding during HVRW, because it’s so inexpensive. So that can get tiresome. But this is a great version, and I’d highly recommend it for any time.

The HVRW lunch menu at Emma’s has a lot of choices — not just the required three. So that’s a great thing, though they are mostly salads for apps and burgers or sandwiches for entrees. Still, it was easy to find something appealing — and the food was quite good and tasty. Emma’s, as my first HVRW lunch? You did me proud.

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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. finally a review from restaurant week!! we’ve met hundreds of bloggers, but have only seen 1 review so far and we’re 3 days into restaurant week, that’s 9 meals!! hope to see some reviews and pics soon, so that we have the opportunity to visit some great finds before the deals are over!

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