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General Store on Avenue B

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General Store on Avenue B

Core | Dec 15, 2003 09:47 AM

I had posted about a month ago asking for opinions about this place and they weren't very positive. I was in the neighborhood this weekend and due to the cold, poked my head in. I would urge my fellow hounds to check this place out again now that it is under new management. Alice Stillman is the new manager who welcomed me into the warm space and gave my party several recommendations that were spot on. My husband had the roast chicken plate; nice presentation and very moist. Alice recommended that he try the meatloaf next time. She also prepared a small cheese plate for me; she told me that the cheese from the Artisanal Cheese Company and it was accompanied by toasted raisin fennel bread that was excellent with the Old Chatham Camembert and a goat cheese covered with lavender and dill. There was also a Wisconsin aged cheddar that tasted like a grana padano and a Shelburne Farms cheddar that was delicious with the herbed crackers. The accompaniment was a small glass of the Dr. Frank semi-dry Riesling which was wonderful. I also tried the date infused wine - I prefer the fig spiced wine at the Gramercy Tavern Room, but this was pretty good. For dessert, my husband had the coconut custard cake that was freshly made and I had a cobbler made with poached pears and oatmeal that was lots o' fruit, and not too much topping (which is the way I like it) served with homemade cinnamon ice cream. We closed with a cup of Valrhona hot chocolate. The prices are reasonable (~$20-$25/person), the food of good quality, the wine and beer list is impressive (no hard liquor though). Alice suggested I return for brunch and we are seriously thinking about going there for Xmas Eve!

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