The Restaurant within the Castle boasts some of the most flavorful, creative cuisine in Upstate New York. As a Member of a group of "foodies" that dine around every few weeks, we consistently visit the Erlowest every 2-3 Months and are delighted time and time again with the changing Menus and small/large design. We have been traveling here for nearly 5 years, originally on special occasions, but over the last few years, the food has been so enticing that we have to keep coming back. This area is full of the same 50 restaurants and it seems that they all provide the same plain cuisine. The Erlowest breaks that trend by offering incredibly delicious food that follows the season's local availability and uses both modern and classical techniques. We have had so many memorable dishes that its tough to discuss, but ive posted some pictures from my dinners as well as off of their website. The Chef De Cuisine, Mike, is a young and talented craftsman who often delivers the food personally while offering insight into what he made that day, and how we should find the balance in the meal. It truly is an experience. He has designed Tasting Menus for us on our Anniversary and gives the extra touch of personal attention that you dont find anymore. If nothing else, his food is fabulous, if i havent mentioned that already. Mike works under the Executive Chef Ken, who also brings his talents to the weddings and banquets, and he cooks in the restaurant too. The two of them really provide excellent food, and those of us who like to try new things really appreciate it.
to some of the negative comments, yes the service isnt "fine dining" that you see or hear about, but thats because there usually is only 1 or 2 waiters, quite different from Eleven Madison Park (NYC, amazing place), The hostesses and bartenders are often smiling and nice, but they dont seem interested in their jobs. Weddings are tough to deal with when you want to sit outside, THE VIEW IS AMAZING!!!, especially dining at dusk with the fire going. Weddings often are too loud and the guests come over to the Inn Patio and are not really concerned about other patrons. That is one of my negatives too. I love sitting outside in the summer there, but it seems that Weddings are more important than the Inn Guests. We tend to eat on Thursdays and Sundays in an effort to avoid such noise. But I cant attack the Erlowest, for I Love Going there with my friends, we often dine in a private room, or in the Red Room as a 4 person group, and every bit of food and wine offered there is absolutely magical for me.
Ive never stayed as a guest at the Inn because i live nearby, so i have no knowledge of the room issues stated earlier, but i will say that the lack of children, the peaceful seclusion, and the world class cuisine are worth dining in the restaurant. If ownership managed the weddings better, then i would recommend dining outside on a perfect weekend night, for youll remember it for a lifetime.
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