HVRW 2013: Harvest on Hudson (Lunch!)


Truth be told, on this…the almost-end-day of restaurant week (WEEKS!), I am so full that  I don’t think I could go out for another meal. Well, at least not until dinner time.

Thursday’s lunch at Harvest on Hudson was another special treat. My friend Lisa and I celebrated, seated in front of the fire place (it was chilly outside…but perfectly warm and cozy inside!), with a view of the ol’ river  that yes, took our breath away. On top of that, we enjoyed a three-course meal that, like the view, was breath taking.

Additionally, as an extra special treat, Patrice Costa, one of our own Small Bites bloggers, was working in the kitchen…AND we got to say hi and  taste the fruit of one of her labors for the day: pappardelle, the fabulous melt-in-your mouth wide and flat-noodle pasta (which was served as a bed for fall-off-the-bone short ribs!).

But, I jump ahead. Let me go back!

We started with a wonderful spring-like cocktail: The Pomegranate Cosmopolitan. Pretty, spring-like, with perfect teeny ice chips on top, and a flavor that was nicely sweet without being overwhelming, this is a drink I will not only sample again, but one I’ll also be trying to make at home! (Besides, as I said to Lisa, “this is not only delicious, it’s also really good for us!) 

For my first course, I  enjoyed (devoured!) the Risotto with Caramelized Brussel Sprouts…with bartlett pears, sage, moscato and parmesan. (Okay, I have to say, that between this meal and the previous night’s dessert of coconut risotto, I’ve got to rediscover risotto! I just wrote about rediscovering the taco on Latin Twist last week, so I guess my rediscovery trend continues!)


For my second, I had the Grilled Skirt Steak & Bone Marrow Butter…with garlicky broccoli rabe and stewed farro. Wow. This combination of flavors and textures was, in a word, dreamy.

Lisa had the House Made Pappardelle (okay, let me reiterate,  house made by our own Patrice Costa!) topped with port wine braised beef short ribs and parmesan. Need I say more?

For dessert, which felt both delightful and gluttonous (!), we enjoyed the Hudson Valley Crown Maple Syrup Sea Salt Panna Cotta, and the Almond Cake with Mixed Berries. And as if that weren’t enough, House Made Tiramisu (told you: gluttonous!). Talk about sweet endings…



So with great company, great food, great views, and great service (ah, our server Mildred was lovely, lovely, lovely…), what more could we possibly want? (I’m saying spring, but that’s just me being selfish!) 
Here after lunch, with lovely Mildred!


About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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