Yes, date night is alive and well. One Saturday night, the Mr. and I decided to cross the mighty Hudson and try a restaurant we have not yet visited.
Shadows on the Hudson is quite popular and reservations are recommended. Early. In fact, we tried to go for Valentine's Day and couldn't get in. So, if you are thinking about it, just book it. We made our reservation using the on-line link and I requested a table by a window (though I was told not all requests can be guaranteed).
Raspberry Cocktail as recommended by our server, Raymond
We double checked the regular and special menus, checked with each other and decided on a strategy. We know we are going to share the food we order and want to ensure maximum coverage of items we both enjoy.
It was tough deciding if we wanted an appetizer or not, but then I suggested we try the Meatballs Siciliano. Fresh mozzarella and marinara sauce were the only descriptors, but I had a good feeling.
Stretchy, Gooey, Hot - the triad of fabulous mozzarella goodness
Yes, I enjoy food, but these meatballs had me from first sight. They were simply picture perfect. Tasting the initial forkful of tender meat, sweet marinara, and lush cheese made all of my taste buds smile and sigh with contentment. One of those, "If I only had this one food to eat for the rest of my life," moments. Really. I had to stop myself from eating a second meatball because I wanted to at least sample the rest of the food I ordered. My only consolation was in knowing I would have a second opportunity to eat this amazing appetizer.
Warm bread for dipping in the marinara from the meatballs
The Mr., as some may have come to learn, prefers tradition at the table. He enjoys a salad and bread as part of his meal. I mentioned to our server, "The gentleman prefers a generous portion of dressing." Raymond kindly brought both a dressed salad and a boat of additional bleu cheese. Nicely done.
Carrot Ginger Soup
I was pleasantly surprised by the large portion size of soup. I had only expected something similar to a coffee cup rather than a full bowl. I could feel my stomach fill with each smooth and silky spoonful. Would I be able to even sample my entree?
6 ounce Filet Mignon
My medium-rare beef was perfectly prepared and served next to a heaping serving of smashed potatoes and and equally large portion of root vegetables.
Parmesan Crusted Chicken
The Mr. is a huge fan of chicken and this plentiful entree included two cutlets over a perfectly prepared al dente linguini. I have a strong negative reaction with the smell of parmesan, but the Mr. was quite happy and satisfied. I was able to sample a bite of the poulty and do appreciate the nicely crisp crunch of the crust without drying the protein. Well done.
We spoke of life, our adult children, his job, and the folks around the dining room as well as at the bar. Shadows is also known for having a lively late night crowd. We observed various groupings of people and supposed what they may be celebrating, saw a number of couples like us who may be either on their 400th or 4th dates and enjoyed the atmosphere. Though we passed on dessert, the offerings were appealing. We left quite full and feeling Fed Well.