Restaurant Week: Le Provençal Bistro

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For the third and sadly final Restaurant Week review (until its next iteration), I return to a fantastic French Bistro located in Mamaroneck, NY – Le Provençal Bistro.

Appetizer: Duck Confit Tacos

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I knew going in that Le Provençal’s Duck Confit was excellent, so I was interested to see how it tasted in a taco. The duck meat was tender and juicy, truly fitting for the steak of birds, and was topped with a semi sweet cheese and some salsa verde that leaves a slight spice in the back of your throat.

Joining the meat inside the shell of the thin tortilla were some slightly crunchy mushrooms, and some lentils; overall it was a very light and tasty appetizer that I would have again for sure.

Entree: Beef Bourguignonne

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This dish was somewhere between a pot roast and a stew (though easily more pot roast in nature). Everything on this plate is tender, and I mean everything; the fact that they gave me a knife is ironic, because I had no use of it at all.

The beef was cooked to perfection, and was very easy to chew; mixed in with the meat were soft carrots, mushrooms of medium thickness, and some supple oranges. The mashed potatoes and string beans were a nice accompaniment to the dish as well.

Dessert: Crème Caramel 

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This dessert was quite tasty, and tasted almost like a caramel gelatin; its sweet caramel flavor mixing perfectly with its light and jiggly texture.

I love Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Its one of the only times you can get a three course meal of delicious food from quality establishments for an affordable price; and thats exactly what you get at Le Provençal Bistro.

Restaurant Week: Birdsall House

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This second Hudson Valley Restaurant Week review is coming a little late because I’ve been sick all week, but I am on the mend and am happy to bring you a review of dinner at Birdsall House in Peekskill NY.

Appetizer: Charcuterie – Duck Prosciutto 

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Duck is a great tasting fowl, I have previously called it “the steak of birds”, but it never ceases to amaze me in its flavor. Prosciutto is a meat that is usually ham, so to have it in duck form is a sweet delight.

The meat was thick, and had a great salty sweet flavor combination; and as is seen in the above photo, carried with it a perfectly manicured fat content. I didn’t want to stop eating this, so much so that I just leaned back, closed my eyes, and kept chewing until I could no longer; its that good.

Entree: Fried Chicken

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This chicken was served with strips of ham over a bed of rice and greens; it was served piping hot and had a nice crunchy skin that seemed to have some type of corn element to it. The meat was tender and juicy, very easy to get down, and one piece even had a lemon glaze spread on it.

The pieces of ham were smoky and even a bit spicy, and the rice and greens were pretty decent, although truth be told I’m not a fan of either in general.

Dessert: Maple Bacon Ice Cream

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Ice cream that tastes like maple syrup and bacon while resting on a waffle? Sign me up! The ice cream was sweet and sat in a scrumptious maple syrup sauce, along with a slight bacon flavor and some nuts on the side. The waffle was soft and rather easy to cut; the mixture of all these flavors and textures in your mouth at once is a nice feeling.

I would recommend hitting up the Restaurant Week dinner at Birdsall House; all in all it makes for a nice meal, especially the appetizer, and its one that everyone should try at some point in their lives.

Restaurant Week: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

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For my first foray into Restaurant Week, I decided to visit an establishment that I have been waiting to return to for over 10 years – Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Tarrytown NY.

Normally Ruth’s Chris is wildly expensive, a one person dinner there can easily cost you more than $100, but as part of restaurant week, you can get a delicious three course meal (with side dish) for around $30. So lets go dish by dish of the meal I selected.

Appetizer: Roasted Tomato Soup

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The soup was very interesting, and quite good; it was thicker than I expected it to be, and actually had the smell of a tomato sauce. It was also more acidic than creamy, and had a pretty decent spice to it that coats the back of your throat with a nice heat. Definitely a good take on a classic soup.

Entree: 8 oz Filet Mignon

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Served on a sizzling 500 degree plate, this steak is easily one of the best you can ever get. The plate was so hot, that my Dad’s steak had to be taken back briefly because the napkin on the the tray had fused to the bottom of his plate!

This cut of meat was cooked as every Filet Mignon should be – rare – and to say that it cut like butter would be both cliche and not doing justice to how easy it was to slice through the meat; it is everything you want when you attempt to cut a steak.

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The meat itself was seasoned very well, and was extraordinarily tender and very juicy; it is fair to say that this steak will almost literally melt in your mouth – and you will not be sorry you ordered it. Now technically under this Restaurant Week deal, you could order a Chicken or Salmon instead, but lets be honest, are you really going to not order a steak at a high quality steak house?

Side Dish: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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There isn’t much to say about these potatoes, they were not ground breaking in any way, but they were smooth, creamy, and very tasty for sure.

Dessert: Bread Pudding in Whiskey Sauce

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I’ve admittedly never had bread pudding before this week, but as far as I can tell, this bread pudding was really good. It was thick, yet soft, and had some nice sweet raisins inside of it, and was garnished with a fresh, strong piece of mint on top – but the real star here was the Whiskey Sauce. This sauce was sweet, smooth and creamy, and had almost a butterscotch-like flavor, similar, but not exact.

Verdict:

For a low price of only $30, there is literally no reason for you not to go to Ruth’s Chris for this three course, Filet Mignon featured meal. You have until March 20th to do so; so please don’t let this opportunity slip away, because a year is a long time to wait for a deal like this to come around again.

 

 

 

 

 

Pristine Eats covers Hudson Valley Restaurant Week ’16

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March 7th marks the beginning of Hudson Valley’s 10th Restaurant Week.

All participating restaurants offer 3 course lunches for $20.95, and 3 course dinners for $29.95.

Pristine Eats is happy to cover some of the meal offerings for this week, and will have our first review up Thursday -dinner from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.