JK and I finally got over to the Red Onion on Route 212 in Saugerties--if you're looking for a new upscale dining experience, definitely check it out. Unfortunately there's no website yet, so I'll do my best with a recap...
We were greeted immediately at the door and seated near the bar. Next time, I'd make reservations for a quieter area of the restaurant as this room was quite boisterous and noisy. It's dark and sexy inside, with rust-colored walls accented with red banquettes and retro diner-style red tables. The British Imperial martinis were huge, ice cold and delicious--at $9 a pop, pretty pricey for the area, but really perfect, so we couldn't complain. In fact, the whole front page of the menu boasts an array of interesting drinks, like a Sidecar with blood orange juice, etc. We shared a good arugula & radicchio salad with vidalia onions and goat cheese croutons, which was very good, a fresh, clean taste.
JK had the pasta special--bucatini with fresh mozzarella, baby tomatoes, fried eggplant and basil, and I had the New Zealand lamb chops with mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and shallots and a black olive sauce. Amazingly delicious, and a HUGE portion...four chops! The pasta portion looked puny by comparison, but was really very good as well...
We had some incredible dark chocolate ice cream after dinner, with perfect cappucino and espresso...The food was really very very good, as good as any to be had in the area, and our server was excellent, always there when we needed something but inobtrusive. But I felt the "mood" overall was a little "stiff" and sterile, maybe is the word? However, this is really more of a personal preference, I think...I'm sure we'll be back, and I'd recommend it to friends and such.
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