Saturday, November 10, 2012

Emma's Ale House. Comfort Food After The Storm

Emma's Ale House, White Plains NY. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2012
by Simon Feldman

The recent storms have been tough for many of us, some more than others. 
So, I was happy to find Emma's Ale house was able to open its doors this week. 

Emma’s offers great tasting comfort food and drinks. The staff are warm, friendly and attentive. Just the thing I was looking for post Sandy and the Nor-Easter.  I dined with my friend Elise. We like to share and started with a fresh and zesty Arugula salad with corn, pistachio and gorgonzola cheese and Lollipop Chicken legs, with a Teriyaki  glaze. So, unlike the usual wings places serve that are messy, these are very easy to eat and your fingers stay relatively clean.

One thing I had heard about was that Casey Egan the owner of Emma’s had just added a Draft Root beer ice cream float, the root beer (non alcoholic) was made  by Saranac Brewery  in Utica NY. One nice touch is that it’s served with two straws for fun sharing and  an additional side carafe of root beer, cause there's sooo... much ice cream in the soda fountain glass, once your half way through it, you just add what's in the carafe and extend your float experience. 

Our server arrived with our entrees. Somehow we  managed to pull our lips from the straws, long enough to make room for the Sesame crusted Salmon with sliced Brussels spouts and rice and Fish-n-chips.  Both fishes were fresh tasting, The salmon was cooked to order. The fillet batter crisp and not greasy. Both were moist and substantial size portions. Can anyone one say “left overs please” 

If that wasn’t enough, dessert arrived. Wow! I like molten chocolate cake like the next guy, but I have to say that the Krispy creme bread pudding with vanilla ice cream knocked my socks off. A must have if you have a sweet tooth.

So, if you can get over to Emma’s Ale house in  White Plains I think you’ll enjoy the dinning experience. Oh, did I mention they’re a great sports bar too. Lots of Ale’s and big screen TV’s, no of which will interfere with your dinning, unless of course you want them to.

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