A rare individual repeat pick headed
southward into Saugerties, found a scarce municipal-lot parking spot, and
sauntered across the road to Miss Lucy’s Kitchen, visited in November
2005. The ten years absence had effaced any strong memory of that evening.
is rather compact—with a dozen appetizers, only eight entrées, and
eight desserts— but the range seemed wide enough to allow most of us a
couple good choices. It should be noted that a few thought quite
differently. (thank you, MLK, for the online menu)
==> Pan Seared Scallops, with Ramp
Risotto, Truffle Oil & Balsamic Reduction (Deb T: wonderful, seared
just right, largest scallops ever; Lynda: excellent; Chay: good but too
small a portion for too big a price)
==> Blackened Montauk Yellowfin
Tuna, with Steamed Basmati Rice & Creole Remoulade (Ross: some of the
best he has had)
==> Northwind Farm Pan Roasted Half
Chicken, with Jalapeño Cornbread Pudding & Herbed Demiglace (Deb K:
good but ordinary and pricey, veggies ordinary, excellent bread)
==> House Made Pappardelle, with
Braised Rabbit Ragout, Leeks, Cherry Tomatoes & Wilted Greens (Don:
totally excellent, a light but rich sauce, tasty meat; Mark: very good,
portion was small)
drew more attention than usual, with no salad included in the meal. Chosen
Green Salad with House Vinaigrette (Deb T: good basic salad; Ross &
Lynda shared: a good salad; Chay: good)
Asparagus Bisque (Don: delightfully rich and tender at same time, a
definite asparagus taste, and two small asparagus for garnish)
Beet Salad with Frisée, Bacon, Pickled Onions, & Granny Smith Apples
(share: Deb K: very good, liked the apple slices; and Mark: good, needed
And a full range of desserts
==> Pear, Ginger & Dried Cherry
Crisp with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Deb T & Lynda share: visually
creative bowl, good range of flavors, a winner)
==> Swedish Hazelnut Tart with
Candied Clementine Ice Cream (share: Don: good hazelnut flavor, wanting a
little more punch; and Deb K: so-so with another unidentified flavor
throwing off the palate)
==> Malt Layer Cake with Chocolate
Frosting & Rocky Road Ice Cream (share: Don: a good cake with good
chocolate, not top 10 but still very good; and Deb K: favorite part of the
==> Chocolate Peanut Brittle
Parfait with Sea Salt Caramel Coffee & Vanilla Bean (Ross: very good,
hoping for more ice cream)
==> Sambuca: Chay enjoyed his
usual, although black would have been even better
order consisted with a typical red—a good Chateau
d’Aigueville Cotes du Rhone—and an infrequent choice of rosé—Moulin
de Gassac Guilhem, a sign that Lynda is at the table.
was… wow. Quick, quicker than almost any place we have ever visited. In
fact, we spent more time deciding wines that it took for our appetizers to
appear, about five minutes after ordering. And the entrées came at the 35
minute mark, and desserts appearing just over the hour mark. We were out
the door in less than 90 minutes, and we arrived home in the last throes
of a late April dusk. wow
At the same time, surprisingly, we did not feel rushed. Our notes
from ten years ago painted the opposite story, with long delays.
Dressed-in-black server Jessica was prompt, visible when needed,
not clingy, pleasant but not overly so, and fit mostly in the background.
Helping her was Manuel who delivered the dishes in a focused, efficient
manner. Delivery got interesting when the table next to us, when filled
and backed up almost to Ross’s back, forced Manuel to circle that table
to get to my end. Our table was a bit tight in the corner.
We were both
impressed by pacing and, at the same time, perhaps, a little disoriented,
pleasantly so, though.
Water was filled a few times, as was needed.
And the Ken’s coffee test was once again not utilized.
is classic early 20th century and motif driven at the same
The early century part is the classic tin ceiling that leaves one
gazing upward longer than is good for walking the length of the room. And
the foot wide old board flooring feels solid and country-strong.
Wainscoting of a stressed country green layered the bottom third of the
walls while a cream yellow filled the upper layer.
The kitchen motif
applies throughout, with aprons covering the wall at our end of the table,
with aprons in the front windows, kitchen utensils hanging from walls, a
few cut-out pigs in the appropriate places. It is a visually eye-catching
The front is a
classic, old-village-front glass facade with an inset lobby thus allowing
the person inside to peer through the glass wall and the busy-ness that
has become recent-day Saugerties.
Upon entering, on the left, is an appropriately small dark bar, ten
stools long around the L, with a glass mirror reflecting both the liquor
bottles and also the width of the room. A tall blonde tended bar. ...
At the rear, an
open door frame enters the kitchen, and a large empty window allows those
sitting at the table just in front (us) to peer inside at the dishwashers
and cooks, an interesting view.
Our table was a curiosity piece,
fashioned with twelve foot long boards, four inches wide, covered with
settings of white linen napkin wrapped around a fork and knife, a water
glass, and a minor centerpiece. Wine glasses appropriate for red, and then
rosé, were brought upon our order.
Two wire baskets of country bread, almost
sliced through, requiring a vigorous pull to detach, appeared with two
shallow saucers of softened butter.
The restaurant would look both full at
times, and then not full. We had wanted a 7 pm reservation, was told that
was not possible, accepted the 6:30 slot, and watched the ebb and flow of
the crowd that would fill every table at times. We were left wondering
what 9 pm would look like.
final bill, including all, came to $118 per couple. Half of us considered
this fair and not surprising for food and service at this level but the
other half of us felt strongly that entrées were overpriced for the
amount of food offered.
had started at the Teators. Plates and bowls of crackers and
cheese and salsa and baby carrots and dip, along with pizza bites from the
Freehold Pizza and Grill, comprised the the pre-session’s noshing.
Turkish Delight from the Spice Market in Istanbul was available for
Beer and a cabernet sauvignon slaked the thirsts, and we started
our catch-up on news.
Starting at the
house, continuing in the car ride to and fro and at Miss Lucy’s, we
heard a lot of news. Topics included: the recently concluded
Istanbul-Venice cruise of Don, Deb, Lynda, and Ross, with Ross not being
pickpocketed; an absent wife scrapbooking; a son’s job in the nuclear
industry; golf games at all levels of deterioration (well, there was some
hope, it being April); mowing grass; the awful weather during the
cruisers’ absence; the whereabouts and well-being of the Adamses and
Monteverds; summer plans; and more.