So even though I swore up and down I wouldn’t return to Birdsall, I
caved. My husband and I went to a show recently at the Paramount in
Peekskill and wanted to get a bite beforehand. After a pretty terrible
meal at Peekskill Brewery a few weeks before (where we paid something
like $12 for 6 brussels sprouts and got a bowl of soup that had maybe 6
spoonfuls of soup in it) we were definitely not going to go back there.
Unimpressed with Ramenesque, still boycotting Gleason’s, so we decided
to brave the bar at Birdsall (no chance of ending up with my least
favorite waitress that way). We were pleasantly surprised with the bar
service and had a really delicious meal… wings, their fantastic beef
brisket chili, and a kielbasa plate with homemade pierogies and
accoutrements that I’m still thinking about. The bartenders had their
act together way more than the floor wait staff. The beer list really
can’t be beat and the cocktail I had was delicious too. I’m glad we
went back and we would go back again but probably stick to dining at the
bar for now.
I also had a meal at Moderne Barn in Armonk. I’ve
always wanted to try it and we figured it would be a safe place to take
my parents to celebrate some family birthdays. Aside from the noise
level this turned out to be a really great meal. We shared a ton of
appetizers and salads, all of which we enjoyed, and entrees were
universally excellent. The best was my dad’s seafood risotto, cooked al
dente with plentiful seafood, although my lavender honey duck breast
and my brother in law’s veal valdostana were also impressive. Burger
was solid and the chicken was nicely as well. They plated our birthday
cake beautifully and we couldn’t resist the baklava and beignets from
their menu, sweet treats both. I would go back although the crowd was a
bit desperate housewife-y.
Haven’t been inspired to eat out so
much lately, must say I’m a bit bored with local restaurants at the
moment (especially after short trips to Philly and New Orleans).
Apparently Fortina now has a burger so I will definitely be heading
there to check that out soon!