While we have always been enthusiastic about the imaginative, locally-sourced cuisine, we've had less than wonderful service here in the past (see previous reviews). However, after having returned twice now in the past couple of weeks, I am thrilled to report that Local Seasonal Kitchen has elevated its service to match its food!
It had been four months since we had dined here and made a last minute OpenTable reservation one recent Saturday night for 9:45 p.m. It was immediately obvious that there are now enough servers to handle the busy dining room. What was particularly impressive, though, was that while we did not make our reservation more than an hour ahead of time, Mike (manager) greeted us personally and made sure that our dinner more than made up for our experience the last time -- and we did not remind him about it at all! Our server was very engaged and seemed to believe in the food and the mission of the restaurant. Most importantly, she was on top of things like beverage refills and timing of courses. And, of course, everything was delicious! We had just spent the previous 24 hours dining at some NYC restaurants with decent reputations and we both agreed that our dinner that late night in Ramsey was better than any of the Manhattan restaurants we had just visited.
We were so happy about this positive experience that we were back a little over a week later with some friends who had not yet tried LSK and they were very happy. One of the nice features of the place is that if you don't bring your own alcohol they have some nice non-alcoholic beverages (like Fizzy Lizzy sodas) - sometimes the server doesn't mention them, so ask if you're interested. While you can't go wrong with any food choice, I'm particularly fond of the Avery Farm Hen Egg Raviolo as a starter - cutting into the brown butter-glazed plump Raviolo to release the unctuous egg is just a beautiful thing. Their salads are usually not just fresh but also interesting. If you're in the mood for comfort food, try the pappardelle with duck. And, always pay attention to their specials - my hubby loved his featured pork chop over veggies. Desserts are equally luscious and never boring.
As others have mentioned, this place is catching on, so make your reservations way ahead of time unless you are good with a super early or late time. While we have always been happy about the concept and the cuisine here, now they seem to be offering the full dining experience with great service -- we look forward to becoming "regulars."
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