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Birdsall House: Inventive, interesting, delicious, welcoming


Restaurants & Bars New York State (exc. NYC)

Birdsall House: Inventive, interesting, delicious, welcoming

Elisa515 | | Jul 19, 2010 08:03 AM

I've been meaning to start a new thread about Birdsall House, because it deserves a thread title that better reflects what it offers.

Birdsall House is right on Main Street in Peekskill, near the intersection with Division Street. This is an unlikely place for a destination-worthy restaurant while also being within a few blocks of the Paramount Center for the Arts and several other chow-worthy restaurants and entertainment-worthy venues.

We've been to Birdsall at least six times now for dinner. We've been there while the menu has evolved from being fairly minimal but changing daily to its current more stable but version with many more choices. There are so many interesting and delicious items that the best way to experience Birdsall is with other people who want to share, because every few inches of the several page menu yields food worth exclaiming over.

Our most recent meal, with another couple, included the chickpea-French lentil salad-mushroom--dressed with a Meyers lemon vinagrette. This is a dish I've ordered the last three times I've been there, since it first appeared on the menu, because it's too delicious to resist. You could make a meal out of it, and it includes a complete protein. As an appetizer to share, it wakes up the taste buds. We also shared the avocado tomato salad. Some of us also had the pork chili with stout, with melt in your mouth chunks of pork in a richly flavored thick base of slightly sweetened stout reduction.

Easily, one could just sit at the bar and have a chili and a side salad with a beer and be quite happy both in terms of taste, experience, and fullness.

For main courses (and sometimes we have had "just" smaller plates), we had the bratwurst, maple pork belly, goat cheese in pastry, and something else that I didn't even get to taste. Midway through his second bite of the bratwurst, one of the people in our group who'd never been to Birdsall before said, almost in a trance, "This is the best food I've had in Westchester."

Some day I'll have room to get to dessert.

A few words about the service and general ambiance is also warranted. On our second visit, more than a week after the first one, we were greeted by the sort of warm welcome with recognition that one usually earns after being a regular at a restaurant for years. We've always felt well taken care of.

Frankly, I'd go just for the beer selections--varied, every-changing, reasonably-priced (most beers are $6, serving sizes are generally 12 oz. or 16 oz--clearly marked--depending usually on alcohol content, also clearly marked). The staff is knowledgeable about the choices and, in helping you choose, is very generous in bring small glasses of different beers before you commit to a full glass. Because of this, we've avoided choosing some beers that looked interested but ultimately didn't appeal.

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