Narrowsburg, New York is a quaint little town a few miles away and just across the Delaware River from Honesdale, Pennsylvania (our town). The small main street is chock- a-block with restaurants and boutique shops; antiques, fine wines, furniture, clothing, etc. We’ve always liked this town and it gets a lot of visitors from New York City for the festivals and river sports.
Although the trees in France do change colors in autumn, I have always thought that the colors were muted or maybe discreet at best. What I have always loved about the U.S. east coast is that our autumn colors are striking, brash and boisterous, with the trees shouting “me, me, me.” American, quoi :D
Saturday was a gorgeous day with moderately warm weather and we drove over to Sullivan County, New York to drop Jade off at a birthday party for one of her cousins. The hills and dales of Sullivan County are “pocked” with Mullallys and the boys all pretty much have the same first names; Brian, Kevin, Patrick, Michael. A nightmare for the postman. The girls’ names, while varied, are mostly along the same Irish theme; Kelly, Coleen, Megan, Margaret, Maura. I love that. Tradition!
Okay, you probably want to know about those moules/mussels in the top photo.
We lunched at the River Grill on Main Street in Narrowsburg that has both indoor and outdoor tables with a fine view of the river. Of course on this lovely day, we chose to sit outside.
We were very excited about the menu! In addition to the day’s “features” their menu offerings of duck breast, salmon and fresh pastas made our jaded, Francophile hearts go pitter-pat :)
Normally this kind of food would make wine an essential part of the meal, but we have had so many bad experiences (dry=semi-dry, fruity=tastes like fruit, maybe raspberry, smokey=don’t-have-this), that we stoically decided not to possibly ruin our meal with upscale variations of Gallo’s Thunderbird and Night Train. We’ll go back later just to try the wine. Who knows? It could be good….
Anyway. The food was great! As an appetizer, we shared a big bowl of mussels that had a peppery, garlic flavor that, while not traditional, was still interesting. My one suggestion would be BUTTER and maybe SHALLOTS. That’s two suggestions. I’ll bet Jamie Oliver would hate me if he knew me :D
Well we couldn’t all have the duck breast, so our son who is younger and hungrier was awarded the honor. Long Island duck breasts come from Pekin ducks of Chinese origin and cannot be referred to as “magrets” because these ducks are not Barbary ducks nor are they force fed. God forbid. Still they are flavorful and although the breast was not served rare (there’s probably a law), our son said it was juicy, loved the cherry sauce, grilled vegetables and smashed potatoes. We all liked the presentation.
My husband had an enormous breaded pork chop that was reminiscent of German schnitzel, however, the Grill’s chef’s innovation was a marvelous lemon sauce topping. I should have taken a picture of the empty plate.
I have been absolutely craving fresh pappardelle pasta and this big, rich bowl of pasta bolognaise filled the bill. There was really enough for 2 people but the men were ravenous and happy to help out :) Of course we had no room for dessert but decided instead to go around the corner for espressos.
Good sign. Bad picture. Who knew about that shadow :D Coffee Creations has good tasting coffee and you can sit outside at little round tables on the sidewalk. Coffee Creations has good French cafe like demi-tasse cups that they will not fill to the top. If you order a double espresso, instead of filling up the demi-tasse, they give you a big cup that they don’t fill up either. They did the same thing in Stuttgart! I hate that.