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Basement Bistro - Earlton NY

rrems | Dec 29, 200706:03 PM

I probably shouldn't be revealing the secret, but I think serious foodies should be aware of it so here goes. The Basement Bistro has been in business for 18 years and I only found about it from a brief mention on CH a month ago. We went there for dinner last night and it was a unique and wonderful experience. Chef/owner Damon Baehrel does everything himself, not only cooking and serving, but making all his own sauces from fruits and vegetables that he grows on his property, curing his own meats and fish, churning his own butter, and baking his own bread. The grand tasting menu (the only one offered) is based on seasonal availability and our dinner took 4 hours. The wine list is very well thought out, and reasonable in price. Don't expect a lot in the way of atmosphere, it is comfortable but basic. The food is the star here. I won't go into a lot of detail about the dishes because the menu varies but basically you get 4 major courses with multiple items on each (charcuterie and cheeses, seafood, meat and dessert), interspersed with one or two bite tastes, palate cleansers, a small salad, a small bowl of soup, for a total of around a dozen courses. Damon had gotten some black truffles from France, and was very generous in incorporating them into some of the dishes. My only slight criticism would be the dessert, which I think could be a bit more creative. All of this does not come cheap, but considering what you are getting it is a very good value, and well worth the trip to this out-of-the-way corner of Greene County.

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