Restaurant Review in Putnam County: Valley at The Garrison, Garrison, NY
Fine fare — along with awe-inspiring river and mountain views — make Valley at The Garrison a dining destination
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Another top main dish is skate ($29), which has a very flaky-but-firm white meat that’s not overly fishy. It’s lightly pan-fried in a mustard sauce and served with porcini mushrooms. Also on the menu: soft-shelled crab with asparagus, watermelon, and black cardamom ($34); risotto ($28) with black truffle, peas, and lemon zest; and pork porterhouse ($29) with fava beans, pancetta, and potato.
Topping the appetizer list is crab bisque for $11. The dish is served in two separate parts: first is a bowl holding the crabmeat, chives, and bits of unsalted Italian prosciutto, and second is the pot containing the steaming bisque. The two are then combined at the table. “It allows the bisque to stay hot, and when you pour it over the ingredients, it creates a real aroma as they interact, instead of ending up with something overcooked and unbalanced,” Guepin says.
Another top appetizer is perciatelli pasta with veal cheek and Garrison-grown bok choy ($12). Others include pork terrine with Asian pear, cabbage, and cilantro ($13) and mussels with cauliflower and cornbread ($10).
Thursday evenings are “lounge nights” at Valley in lieu of the full menu. “It features appetizers, but they are a showcase of what we feature on the usual menu,” Guepin says. “The prices reflect the portions.” They include pork terrine ($9), duck taco ($8), skate ($7), and soft-shelled crab in a steamed bun ($12). A guitarist performs classic and contemporary music throughout the evening.
While the World’s End Bar is incorporated within the dining room, it’s separate enough to keep from being a distraction to diners. It owes its name to sailors who long ago dubbed the bend in the Hudson River below as the “world’s end” because a confluence of unpredictable currents and winds often caused boatmen to lose their bearings. Toast the bravery of those mariners with the World’s End cocktail (local butternut squash, pine liquor, apple brandy, and a dash of vermouth). The bar has a number of $12 signature drinks that accent the summer season and use herbs from Garrison Farm. The julep uses Basil Hayden small-batch bourbon, farm-raised mint, and sugar. Or try the Valley Sunset: cranberry vodka, Midori melon liqueur, Cointreau, pineapple juice and fresh lemon juice.
The Terrace Grill is geared toward quick-and-casual meals for golfers – burgers, sandwiches, and wraps. But it’s open daily, so it’s an ideal place to stop while out and about during summer and fall drives. Best of all: the view from Terrace Grill is as tasty as it is from Valley.
Valley at The Garrison
Thurs.-Sat. 5:30-9:30 p.m.; brunch Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Mon.-Wed. & Jan.-Feb.
Mon.-Wed. 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs.-Sun. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
World’s End Bar
Thurs.-Sat. 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
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