Sammy’s Downtown Bistro & Bar in Bronxville: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012

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Guest blogger Danielle Plass again writing about my visit to Sammy’s Downtown Bistro and Bar in Bronxville. Once again, pictures are provided by guest photographer Kelli Wells of Brought to Life Photography.

Sammy’s is located in downtown Bronxville on Pondfield Road.  Interestingly, the owners also run the very popular Rosie’s Bistro Italiano.  Sammy’s fare is American continental with a slight Italian flavor.

The space is small but warm and inviting, with large, classical-themed canvases on the walls. We were impressed right away by the endless supply of honey-laced butter, crispy warm bread and attentive service…..our water glasses were never empty.

The restaurant week menu is eclectic but elegant. We ordered two appetizers: the Wild Mushroom Tart with caramelized leeks in a puff pastry shell with crumbled goat cheese on a bed of greens drizzled with a creamy cognac sauce and the Grilled pan-seared Diver Scallops over an angel-hair pancake.  Both appetizers were outstanding but surprisingly, the standout was the angel-hair pancake, the texture and flavors were unique and delicious!

For our entrees, we chose the Pork chop Italiano, which is grilled and butterflied, served with cherry peppers in a garlic white wine sauce, mashed potatoes and crispy haricot verts and the Pappardelle tossed with shrimp and scallops in a tomato cream sauce. The pork chop was beautifully presented and flavored just right.  The Pappardelle was generously portioned with large pieces of shrimp and scallops and if I am to be honest, I enjoyed eating the leftovers the next day.

Dessert was a Mousse Royale parfait with sabayon custard, just the perfect topper to such a sophisticated meal.

I would definitely return to Sammy’s Downtown, the food was delicious and visually appealing.…the type of dishes I aspire to create on my own.

 

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