The historic Bear Mountain Inn is about to give you another reason to visit and take in the beautiful Hudson Valley landscape. On April 29, executive chef Michael Matarazzo will usher in the opening of Restaurant 1915 and Blue Roof Tapas Bar at Bear Mountain Inn. The landmark building has been undergoing refurbishments for the last several years, but is finally ready to invite the public to dine on “global cuisine,” that is seasonally inspired and locally sourced.
Named for the year the Inn first opened, Restaurant 1915 features renovations that play up the natural charm of the original space, with an over sized stone hearth, vaulted wood-beamed ceiling and massive iron and wood chandeliers. The attention to detail and craftsmanship play up the enchanting panoramic views of Bear Mountain State Park.
Chef Matarazzo, named in 2010 National Chef of the Year by the Culinary Federation of America, strives to pay homage to the setting and deliver a thoughtfully prepared menu. Tapas items include Bear Mountain pickled vegetables, house made cavatelli pasta with lobster bolognese and roasted Brandt beef marrow with truffled sherry bacon vinaigrette. Some available entrees are Hudson Valley duck breast served with duck confit and a white bean ragout, pan seared halibut with crispy potatoes, Manila clams, fennel and chorizo butter. For a vegetarian option, there is a vol-au-vent, a puff pastry filled with wild mushrooms and served over house made lemon ricotta and a pea puree with Madeira reduction. For dessert, Chef Matarazzo prepares a plate of his nightly selections of imported and domestic cheeses. The ever-changing Chef’s Cheese Tasting is perfect for sharing and can be accompanied by a bottle from the extensive wine list.
And if you have kids in tow (and a suspicion they might not appreciate local duck breast), the Blue Roof Tapas bar serves pub fare throughout the afternoon on a lovely patio overlooking Hessian Lake. There is also the Hiker’s Cafe in the building, with sandwiches and salads created in the same local theme. In the evening, the tapas bar presents a signature “Tapas Ten” menu as well as large-plate entrees. Reservations can be made over the phone or online.