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Mina report - Red Hook, NY

Zephyr | May 21, 2002 10:18 AM

I am back from my weekend in Columbia County. Thanks for all the suggestions (in the thread some ways down). We ate dinner at Mina, a Culinary Institute offshoot in Red Hook.

The dinner was fine, if not memorable. I had asparagus soup (warm) which was probably the highlight. Really excellent, simple and fresh. Ms. Z had cold sorrell soup. She thought it too chilled, but tasty.

Then I had ravioli with nettles and ricotta which was a little bland.

For entrees, Ms. Z had soft-shell crabs which she loved. I don't care for crabs so I can't say much about them. I had tuna, cooked almost as rare as I like it - not quite. It needed some salt and pepper as it, too, was a little bland.

Everything is beautiful and carefully prepared. Obviously presentation is important. I think they could be a little more aggressive in their seasoning. The staff seems to be Culinary Institute students, and they are a little self-conscious, as such students tend to be. Service is pleasant and attentive, but stiff.

They did allow us to drink our own wine (no corkage), which we appeciated.

Dessert for me was a wonderful crisp with pears and vanilla ice cream. Ms.Z had a somewaht less successful panicotta.

All in all, worthwhile if you are in the area. Thanks again for the tips, Lucia and others.

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