Restaurants & Bars 39

First Impressions of Growlers Bistro in Tuckahoe

jhopp217 | Jan 23, 201202:02 PM

Have been hearing a lot of buzz about this place and read it was rated one of the top spots in Westchester recently in Westchester Magazine. I then read a pretty good review in the NY Times and was intrigued. I had heard great things about their beer selections, but very mixed reviews about the food. Many of the complaints were about portions and price, but there were some who didn't get a couple of the items (such as a burger which is essentially meat loaf). Never agreeing with the crowd, I had to try it myself and met some friends Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately when I got the call I had just finished lunch, so I knew food wasn't going to happen. The place is very industrial looking and is not for those looking for a warm vibe. In fact, it is a very cold vibe. We sat at the bar and the bartenders were very nice. During the course of the day I had an Alagash White, Ithaca Storm Front and Young's Double Chocolate Stout. All three were excellent and I look forward to trying some othhers. Towards the end of the night, one of my friends ordered two orders of ribs. There were five to a plate and they came with a homemade slaw and a tiny maple butter cornbread. The ribs, were absolutely delicious and as the chef/owner explained, they are smoked on the premises. I did not actually try the slaw, but the cornbread was very moist and tasty. My only complaint would be the lack of meat on the ribs, but the flavor was excellent, so I don't really want to nitpick. A group next to us, had an assortment of bruschetta that looked fantastic. The place was not overly crowded, but one could see it being very noisy when filled. Every person was incredibly friendly and definitely made me want to go back. I'll definitely have to try some more of the food to really get a true feel for the place, but the first impression was a good one.

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