I have been soooo curious about Sweetgrass Grill (from the owners of Tomatillo in Dobbs, which I and I know others on CH love!) and have been checking on their website occasionally for the last few months... well a few days ago it finally said that they are almost ready to open and that the bar would be open this weekend with some goodies being passed around... so I went with my sister and boyfriend last night to get a few drinks and a sneak peek! I am so happy we went.
The aesthetics of the place are completely perfect. It has a contemporary western feel with a very earthy color palette, lots of green, (we commented that we almost expected to see tumbleweeds rolling by!) with a gorgeous wood bar and nice backed tall chairs. There are maybe 20 tables-- it's not too large-- dimly lit with beautiful candles that look almost like chunks of rocks.
They have 4-5 beers on tap including 2 kinds of Captain Lawrence, along with several bottled beers including at least one from Ithaca Beer Co, and lots of wine. My sister had a glass of wine that was poured VERY generously. The ladies at the bar were extremely polite and friendly. There were a few other groups there, mostly, it seemed, friends/family of the owners, who were also present. Everyone was very welcoming.
Much to our glee, they passed some appetizers around. We sampled ribs (totally tender and delicious), croquettes (delicately fried little nuggets of creamy mashed potatoes... a cross between a knish and a latke), battered green beans in an herbed vinaigrette (perfect bar food, and beautifully presented upright in a stout glass with the vinaigrette at the bottom... looked like they were stems sprouting from grass!), and gorgeous little salads with asparagus, what might have been pea shoots?, and pine nuts in a light dressing. We loved the treats and are so excited at the future menu they represent!
We took a gander at the menu-in-progress, which includes appetizers, burgers & other sandwiches (around the $10 mark), and entrees (up to and into the $20s), and some tantalizing desserts (fresh doughnuts!?!). It looks like some of the menu items will, like Tomatillo, be made with ingredients from Stone Barns. I can't wait to go back once they are officially open. I would definitely stop by to check it out if you are in the neighborhood!