Rainwater Grill in Hastings on Hudson: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012

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Hi, this is Araceli Pina once again, this time, I am blogging about a lunch experience. This past Friday I went for a late lunch at Rainwater Grill in Hastings on Hudson. I had dinner reservations, but preferred to see the restaurant in a new light since I had already been for dinner at Rainwater before. It was a sunny but cool afternoon past the lunch time rush and to my surprise, there was only one other table there. Then again, it was past 3 pm. My waiter showed me over to my table by the window where the sun rays struck through center of the dining room and warmed up the room. Rainwater does not close between lunch and dinner which is a great bonus as many other local restaurants close in between these hours.

 

The waiter offered both the regular lunch menu and the HVRW menu, I ordered from the HVRW menu. For my appetizer I ordered the Panko Crusted Eggplant with tomato and mozzarella and drizzled with balsamic glaze. The eggplant was evenly coated with the panko  bread crumbs and sautéed until golden brown and crispy. The balsamic glaze was a nice complement to the raw tomato and smooth mozzarella.  The other selection for appetizers was the Soup du  Jour.

 

The HVRW menu had thee entrées, a Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast with mashed potoatoes or Angel Hair Pasta tossed with spinach, tomato and fresh mozzarella and lastly a Bison Burger. I opted for the Bison Burger with hand cut shoefries. The burger was served on a toasted brioche with crisp lettuce and a thick slice of fresh tomato. The burger was cooked as ordered, medium rare. The burger was incredibly juicy and the meat was seasoned just right, I did not feel the need to add ketchup. The shoestring fries were my favorite, I could have eaten a basket of them as my lunch.

The dessert selections were Passion Fruit Mousse and Maple Crème brûlée. The mousse was served in a espresso cup garnished with berries and a chocolate straw, which at first seemed a very small portion. The mousse was thick yet airy and the taste of the passion fruit came through immediately. It proved that big flavor could be presented in a small way. This Passion Fruit Mousse would be the perfect dessert to enjoy once the weather warms up and Rainwater opens its outdoor dining area.

 Rainwater Grill is a casual neighborhood restaurant for a great lunch and/or to enjoy a drink in the bar/lounge and gaze at  the waterfall backdrop behind the bar. Rainwater is on my list of local restaurants to visit on any night of the week. Their lunch and dinner menu truly do have something for everyone to enjoy.

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