I went to Half Moon twice in the past week with friends, and am pleased to report that I loved this restaurant.... The service, while still green, is friendly, and helpful. They have a number of servers from Harvest that are helping to open the restaurant.
This restaurant is going to be THE place to try to get into all summer..... The dining room is beautiful, the menu is terrific, and the outdoor dining options are great when they are ready to open outdoor seating. I think there are about 25 large tables outside on the deck they havent opened until the kitchen is ready to handle the volume.
The food and presentations were great. I dont think there was anything we didnt like...
I have two words: CLAM BAKE
I have two other words: SEAFOOD BRUSCHETTA
Clam Bake First... This was phenomenal. We got the large clam bake ($105) and 4 people in our party shared it for our entrees. Loaded with half lobsters, steamed clams, mussels, corn on the cob, roast baby potatoes, crispy shishito peppers, sausage, fried spicy chicken wings on top (unexpected, but tasty). all in delicious broth to dip thick hearty bread in... We couldnt finish everything, but we came close. EXCELLENT. I didnt understand why all the table cloths were covered with brown butcher paper, but after seeing the mess on the table after we devoured all this, we understood.
Seafood Bruschetta... This was delicious also... I wouldn't order this on the same day as the clam bake, because there were similarities, but it was delicious. Large platter of steamed clams mussels, shrimp, and scallops, in a delicious broth, with huge hunks of grilled bread that was to die for..... This was a great appetizer for a group of people to share.
Spicy tuna on Wontons... loved it. We got this both nights
Duck tacos. 3 great tasting tacos, with salsa and guacamole
Pork Buns These are like little slider burgers made with a small sliced loin of pork instead of a burger. tasty. and only $2.50 each
Caesar Salad: GREAT a chipolte flavored dressing made this spicy and special
Ceviche Sampler Phenomenal. There were three varieties: scallops, shrimp (tomatillo sauce i think) and halibut. All were great and tasted super fresh
Fried Ipswich Clams: OMG Incredible. crispy outside, and explosion of flavor when you bite into the belly....(or whatever you call it)
Mixed La Plancha: This was good and tasty. Thinly sliced (1/2" or so) meat (lamb chop, pork, veal) that maybe needed a little more flavor or spice. but it was good.
Herbed Seared Tuna: This was LOVED by the person who ordered it. I didnt taste it but it looked beautiful, small slices of seared tuna that looked perfectly cooked.
The "Ice cream sandwich" was big enough for 4 to share...... layers of cripsy filo, fruit, ice cream
Strawberry Short Cake with Fresh whipped cream. The short bread was really really good. It was light and delicious. I strongly recommend this.
Cheesecake. very good
Gelato Rich and good
Im not a professional reviewer and dont have a lot of experiences writing reviews, but my overall impression of Half Moon was extremely favorable.
In their first week, i expected there to be kitchen issues that i didnt encounter. The food came out as ordered, entrees were served together, everything was delicious, and absolutely NO complaints. Service needs a bit more training and consistency, but we didnt expect the service to be flawless in week one. Everyone had a good attitude, and that is the most important thing for us.
We didn't have an opportunity to sit at the bar, but it was really nice and long. and looks comfortable and would be a great place to eat... When i go out with just my wife, we love to eat at the bar.
We will definitely be back often!.
PS: Did i mention the INCREDIBLE river views? From the right tables, you can look one way and see the George Washington Bridge, and look the other way, and see the Tappan Zee....