Hi HVRW readers, this is Meredith Talisman. I dined last night at Restaurant X in Congers. When I first arrived, I knew the restaurant had an elegant vibe to it since they had valet parking. How many restaurants in the Hudson Valley have valet parking? Once I arrived to the hostess station, I was seated within minutes. I sat at a table for two near the window, overlooking the parking lot.
The ambiance was a mature, after-work crowd. I did not see too many people in their 20’s and 30’s while I was there. To begin my meal, I ordered a Pinot Gris from the Hudson Valley Wine list that they had prepared special for Hudson Valley Restaurant. The wine was pretty good, much akin to a Pinot Grigio, except it wasn’t from Italy – it was from the Hudson Valley!
To begin the cuisine part of my dining experience, I started with the seafood risotto. It was just creamy enough with a hint of butter, green onions and shrimp. The tastes blended together were just delicious!
On to the main course, I had the miso glazed cod. It was so good, I highly recommend it! The sweetness of the miso glaze went perfectly with the bitterness of the greens and potatoes it was on top of. Each of the flavors were distinct, yet blended well together. Additionally, whenever I order an entrée I like to know that it is going to be big enough to fill me up, but not too big where I get that nauseous feeling afterwards. The miso-glazed cod hit the mark just right.
For dessert, I ordered the classic crème brulee. I consider myself a crème brulee snob, and to me the version at Restaurant X was pretty up there. It wasn’t one of those very liquidy custards. It was very moist and thick enough. In case you are wondering, the best crème brulee I’ve ever had was not too long ago at an Italian restaurant in Paris, but the one I just had at Restaurant X was up there as well.
As a bonus, the waitress brought us a caramel tart with our check. Even though she said it was caramel, it looked dark enough to be chocolate. For some reason I put it in my mouth expecting it to be chocolate, and was disappointed when it was not. However, the caramel tart was a nice added bonus to the end of a great meal. I highly recommend checking out Restaurant X this restaurant week, or even during normal times. I promise you will not be disappointed.