Hi all, Sharon MacGregor here. I am very happy to say I have been guest blogging about Hudson Valley Restaurant Week for 3 years now and I have been lucky enough to not repeat restaurants during this special event. My first choice for Spring 2013 with my husband was Barnaby’s Steak House in New Paltz and it was our first time there (no points, but noteworthy).
We are not really wine drinkers, but I did notice (25 points for noticing) a Millbrook Chardonnay on the wine list. Instead, I had a Pear Martini.
To start, my husband had the Lobster Bisque with corn and tarragon relish.
For me, the Sprout Creek Farm Fried Goat Cheese Salad (local featured ingredient 50 points + 50 points for photo). The menu described the dressing as honey lemon herb vinaigrette, but I am positive I tasted maple.
Main course choices are always tough, but it seemed silly to go to a steak house and not order the petite Filet Mignon for the Mr. The beef was prepared to his requested medium-rare. The ease of slicing and softness may have been compared to cake, but really that is not fair. This was far more tender.
Though the Bearnaise Sauce and Au Poivre are not typically served during HVRW, we had the most attentive staff member, Alex, who brought out both sauces for us to try as well. (Alex deserves an extra 50 points for himself. *I certainly would have asked to include his photo, but I am ashamed to say I did not have my HVRW list with me during the meal)
I knew I would be sampling my husband’s meal so I thought I’d try the “Tre Funghi Ragu” which I’d never had before nor do I think I’d ever seen on a menu (50 points)
The orrechiete pasta were perfectly cooked, the cream sauce warm and velvety, the mushroom had a firm, almost beefy texture, the basil slightly withered and added a fragrant perfume, but the star was somehow the round of crispy, salty pancetta. Heaven in a bowl. (50 points for photo of never tried dish)
Though Alex shared the mushrooms were New York grown, I did not note or find out the name of the farm.
The final course. For the Mr., the “Hudson Valley Apple Streudel” (local dish + only 50 points – no farm name for bonus points):
For me, the Chocolate Lava Cake…
Alex has been wonderful to us. He answered questions and checked on details, shared his enthusiasm for our choices and didn’t really seem bothered when I asked if the chef was available to thank and for a quick photo.
Chef Anton was able to come out for a quick hello and we thanked him for a wonderful meal (100 points).
We will be adding Barnaby’s to our list of local favorite restaurants and are sure to return. We are also looking at another New Paltz restaurant to try during HVRW…(to be continued and see if I can add to my point total). Thank you Alex and Chef Anton it truly was a memorable meal.
Total points: 275.
The 411 on Barnaby’s: 16 N. Chestnut St., New Paltz, 845 255 2433, http://barnabyssteakhouse.com
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