Alain’s Wine & Tapas in Nyack: First Taste

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Alain Eigenmann, owner of Alain’s Bistro in Central Nyack, has opened a new restaurant downtown, where he’s doing Spanish tapas with a classic French twist. Lomo with celeriac salad. Roasted asparagus served cold with romesco. Duck pate. Even Greek meatballs have tzatziki dipping sauce is in the shape of a slice of cucumber.

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Lomo with celery root salad.

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Asparagus with romesco sauce.lj073113alains03

Lamb and beef meatballs with tzatziki sauce.

We liked many of the dishes — this crabcake below was a highlight –lj073113alains04

— but we also felt like the menu was a little all over the place. Does this duck pate (quite tasty), belong on the menu with serrano-manchego quesadillas (sort of pedestrian)?lj073113alains05

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One of the best dishes of the night was this tomato-watermelon salad.lj073113alains06

I think that was perhaps because it was also one of the only seasonal dishes on the menu.

My dad wanted to try the cod brandade, so we ordered it. But not very summery.

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And not that creamy, either.

This was an arugula salad. Peppery and refreshing.lj073113alains07

The mussels, not pictured, weren’t up to the standards of the terrific mussels we’ve had at Alain’s other restaurant, Alain’s Bistro. (Link here. We loved that meal.)

The chorizo-bean dish is very similar to his cassoulet, and very good,with terrific depth.lj073113alains11

It being a new restaurant in Nyack, it’s all the rage:lj073113alains14

And we did have a fun meal. I would say all in all: good, but getting off its feet. Let’s give it another go in another few weeks.

The 411 on Alain’s Wine & Tapas: A tiny restaurant on Main Street in Nyack where the Spanish tapas come with a classic French twist. Combinations of lomo and celery root salad and roasted asparagus with romesco have one foot in both worlds. The seasonal dishes are best, but the meatballs and crab cakes are also standouts.

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Liz Johnson is the food editor of The Journal News and LoHud.com, for which she's won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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