Visiting my parents for the Easter weekend in the Capital District, and they've been talking up the renovated Mohawk Club in the historic Stockade district of sad Schenectady. Knowing my parents' taste I expected competent cooking, but the experience blew me away. It's work making a point to go there, even if it's 50 miles out of your way.
As we looked over the menu I commented that if the cooking lived up to the ambitious and creative variety of dishes, it was going to be wonderful, and the good news is that it did indeed live up.
Some sample dishes:
We only ordered one appetizer for the table, crab mascarpone cheesecake with sweet corn cream. Excellent quality, very pretty presentation, portion large enough for three of us (the fourth doesn't do seafood).
In all cases the portions were extremely generous.
Grilled maple chipotle salmon, mustard herb butter, citrus green onion risotto
Braised pork shank, roasted apple balsamic demi, rosemary spaetzle, oven roasted carrots and onions
Pan seared sea scallops, sweet corn risotto, pea shoot truffle oil salad, corn cilantro cream
Braised prime beef short ribs, mashed potatoes, crispy buttermilk onion strings
Mine was the scallops, and it was perfectly done and perfectly presented. But all the dishes were wonderful.
There is a good wine list. We settled on an Edmeades pinot noir, which was a good compromise for all the meals.
Desserts included a pana cotta with strawberries in balsamic vinegar; a flourless chocolate cake (easily enough for two); a cheesecake; a tartufo; a spumoni; and a few sorbet flavors.