A rare Wednesday evening summer gathering of fourteen
convened at Port of Call at Catskill’s Point this hot July evening.
Typically, the last few years, we have gathered at the Monteverds’ pool
but circumstances suggested a change.
We started at Dock Street Station, the outdoor bar across the
street, with one of the most expansive views of the Hudson
River—northward to the RVW Bridge and beyond, down river almost to
Germantown, and then across the Catskill Creek. We stayed as still as
possible in the 90 degree heat and blaring 6 p.m. sun, tried to catch
every waft of breeze possible, sipped something cool, and waited for the
crew to arrive.
Forty-five minutes later, we loitered to Port of Call, checked in
at the maître d desk before being allowed to take our seats on the end of
the deck. Two rows of seven lined the connecting tables, the lowering sun
glinting in the eyes of several for about twenty minutes.
PoC’s menu is classic Hudson River: 10 appetizers (seafood and
wings and onion soup), a half dozen salads, lobster, fifteen entrées
(seafood and two meats), another half dozen Italian offerings (Frank Guido
owns PoC), and burgers and wraps.
Most of the selections were deemed good to excellent, with a few
---> Seafood salad plate of 1/2 lobster, shrimp, salad
Panko crusted scallops, rice (Deb T)
Mariner Delight – 4 clams, 4 shrimp, stuffed fish,
4 scallops, rice, salad (Don)
Meatballs & penne, Caesar salad (Kriss)
Fish & chips, house salad (Ken)
Zuppa di pesce (Mark)
½ lobster, scallops, clams oreganato over linguine
Caesar sald, grilled shrimp, no sesame tainted
Fish & chips (Ross)
Chicken Caesar salad, calamari w/ marinara (Julie J)
Sliced steak w/scallops on rice (Denman)
The Notars and Karneses shared a calamari appetizer. A side salad
accompanied entrées for an extra charge—house salad for four dollars,
the Caesar for an extra six dollars, and both were sizable enough to be
worth the additional.
A dessert menu was offered but we again did not partake.
Ambiance was, well, outdoors. We viewed the
restaurant interior on the way in, as they had to count heads before they
would seat us. (They have been stood up too many times to take
Our deck position gave a view to Olana, some of the river, and all
of the Catskill Creek as it joins the Hudson. The tide was ebbing near
dinner’s end and, as one of the poetic types at our table described it,
we enjoyed the “swampy scent of exposed river banks.” Still, being
able to sit outside with good company is a rarity all of us took time to
Service by Natalia was exemplary—taking food and
drink orders for fourteen of us plus the other tables she serviced,
delivering, checking back, exhibiting warm hospitality demeanor, all was
complimented by DP14. She is a credit to Port of Call.
Somehow, the topic of separate checks was broached and for the
first time, it was done. Bill including food, drink, tip, and tax per
couple ranged from $60 - $110.
Pacing was pleasant. We started 6:45, left just after 9, with a
faint darkness that alerted us that summer was half over.
present, capturing a broad view is nigh
to impossible, and I will leave it at that. The one note was a wish of
good health to the upcoming second Monteverdean grandchild. (Since this
writing, it has happened! Congrats, Grandma & Grandpa.)
Happy summer to all.