It’s funny how when you live close to some well-known landmark you may take it for granted. It sometimes take a visit from out-of-town relatives to get you to visit the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. I’m guest blogger John Fix, and thankfully one of my assignments for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012 was to dine at the Eastchester Fish Gourmet. Though my wife and I are lifelong Eastchester residents and huge fans of seafood we tend to forget about this wonderful eatery right in the north end of our town (The post office lists the location as Scarsdale, but technically it’s located in Eastchester’s north end).
My wife Judy and I arrived at about 6:30pm on a Monday evening, and we were seated promptly at a nice table by the window. For starters we browsed the extensive wine list, which offers wine by the glass, half bottle, or full bottle, and we selected a 1/2 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The special Restaurant Week menu offered a nice selection, with six different appetizers, four different main course entrees, and three different desserts. My wife chose to start with the Prince Edward Island Mussels three-herb and white wine broth. She finished them quickly, and soaked up some of the broth with a dinner roll. Mussels and the broth were delicious!
I’m not a big fan of most shellfish, but I do enjoy clam chowder, so I chose to start off with the New England Clam Chowder (a Manhattan-style clam chowder was also available). The creamy soup had just the right balance of clams and small potatoes, and of course some oyster crackers were provided which are an essential part of the chowder experience (in my opinion anyway).
For the main course, Judy chose the “Wild” Risotto, described as creamy risotto with wild shrimp, wild mushrooms and asparagus. It was a great combination, with the risotto doing what comes naturally…soaking up the wonderful juices and flavors from the shrimp, mushrooms, and asparagus to create a delicious and hearty dish.
I went a bit more “standard” with my choice, selecting the Crumbed Flounder with tartar sauce, lemon, cole slaw and crispy sweet potatoes with chipotle dipping sauce. The founder was cooked to perfection, easy to flak apart with a fork, and the chipotle sauce provided was an interesting alternative to tartar sauce. It was difficult to choose which one to dip my fish into, so I alternated and cleaned my plate.
After finishing our main course (and our wine) we each chose a dessert. Judy picked the Profiteroles with Kit Kat Bar ice cream and hot fudge sauce, while I chose the Old Fashion Ice Cream Sundae with Jane’s Hudson Valley Coconut Almond Joy Ice Cream, homemade whipped cream and chocolate sauce. In addition to being presented wonderfully they were both suitably decadent and delicious, topping off a wonder dinner with a sweet finish.
As we left the Eastchester Fish Gourmet we agreed to remember this gem of a seafood restaurant right in our own town, and to come back and sample some of the wonderful selections on the regular menu once the hustle and bustle of Restaurant Week subsides.