individual repeat pick headed southward into Saugerties,
found a scarce municipal-lot parking spot, and sauntered
across the road to Miss Lucys Kitchen, visited in
November 2005. The ten years absence had effaced any
strong memory of that evening.
The menu is rather compactwith 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,
==> 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)
Appetizers drew more attention than usual, with no salad
included in the meal. Chosen this evening:
==> Mixed Green Salad with House Vinaigrette (Deb
T: good basic salad; Ross & Lynda shared: a good
salad; Chay: good)
==> Vegan Asparagus Bisque (Don: delightfully rich
and tender at same time, a definite asparagus taste, and
two small asparagus for garnish)
==> Roasted Beet Salad with Frisée, Bacon, Pickled
Onions, & Granny Smith Apples (share: Deb K: very
good, liked the apple slices; and Mark: good, needed more
And a full range of desserts beckoned.
==> 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 meal)
==> 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
The drink order consisted with a typical reda good
Chateau dAigueville Cotes du Rhoneand an
infrequent choice of roséMoulin de Gassac Guilhem,
a sign that Lynda is at the table.
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 Rosss back, forced
Manuel to circle that table to get to my end. Our table
was a bit tight in the corner.
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
Kens coffee test was once again not utilized.
Ambiance is classic early 20th century and
motif driven at the same time.
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 interior.
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. ...
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.
The 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.
The evening 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-sessions noshing. Turkish Delight from
the Spice Market in Istanbul was available for testing.
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 Lucys, 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 sons
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.