|Anton Plaza's Main Building|
|Inner courtyard, A. Plaza|
|Soup Sampler: Wild Mushroom, Cauliflower, Lobster Bisque|
For entrees Elizabeth had the Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Wild Mushrooms, Vegetable Farro and Smoked Tomato Chutney which she enjoyed and said was tastier than other duck entrees she has had elsewhere, i.e. Long Island restaurants.
|Pan Roasted Duck Breast|
Emily and Rita had the Wild Sea Bass, Seafood Risotto, Crispy Carrots and Roasted Tomatoes. Rita took her fish home already full with the soup sampler.
Emily thought the vegetable (arugula and crispy carrot) accompaniments and risotto were beautifully prepared, seasoned, the risotto done correctly with the appropriate smoothness and consistency. However, the fish, although savory, was a tad dry, most likely left one or two minutes longer to cook than should have been. The item was not on the menu probably because they had run out of Pan Fried Soft Shell Crabs.
Silvana enjoys poultry and has become a gourmet of sorts of chicken and turkey dishes which she will order in diners (sandwiches...safe bet) as well as better restaurants. Emily and I smile when we go to upscale restaurants and we anticipate that Andrea most likely will be ordering the poultry dish, although she does order fish and occasionally a meat dish for protein,
but this is much less frequent. On this day, Silvana followed her love and ordered the Pan Roasted Chicken, Piquillo Peppers, Chorizo Brown Rice, Spinach and Lemon Thyme Jus. Says she doesn't get into food as Emily and I do and doesn't have "a religious" experience over it as Emily or I might. However, her palette is sophisticated; she eats at fine restaurants as well as family style and more moderate. She goes with the flow. However, I can tell when I ask her and she says a dish is "OK," and that is that! She said that this Pan Roasted Chicken dish was, "Very Good!" Now, with all her chicken dish experience, I know she meant what she said. The chefs had gotten it right!
|Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad|
The meal ended with French press coffee, tea and Elizabeth had room for a devilish piece of White Chocolate cheese cake with berries and sauce, though the rest of us were stuffed. After saying our goodbyes to the graduates (two days left) we took a few more pictures of the Hudson and picturesque, breath-squeezing views and vowed to return to hit up another of the restaurants, maybe in the fall with the turn of the leaves. The Hudson River Valley is spectacular with lacy yellow and red leaves against the cerulean sky of the cool fall days.