My husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary at Suzanne's and we were treated to a simply wonderful overall dining experience. The setting was intimate and cozy with perfect lighting levels to set the mood (and still be able to read the menu!). From the moment we entered the 1903 farmhouse, the staff was friendly and helpful, and we were efficiently ushered to our table by the fireplace. The table was spacious and exquisutely set with French flatware set in the French style. A sprig of fresh thyme was placed on our cloth napkins as a special touch - very charming.
Jeremy, our server, was the perfect combination of friendly, helpful, and attentive without being intrusive. He presented our menus and we immediately saw that they had been customized with a congratulatury anniversary note just for our special day. Another lovely touch. At the end of the meal they wrapped up our menus, tied them with a ribbon and presented them to us as a souvenir.
Prior to our appetizer, Jeremy brought us an amuse bouche of thinly sliced "breakfast" radishes, local goat cheese, orange sections, and a hint of red onion. It was just the thing to pique our tastebuds. We began the meal by sharing the local cheese board, and with its baguette, fresh fruit and almonds, it was a lovely way to start. The cheese were all cow's-milk varieties, but they were varied and delicious - a pungent blue from Waterloo, and two creamier, more subtle choices from the Hudson Valley and from Cooperstown. For the main course, I ordered the filet mignon, and my husband ordered the pork tenderloin. Both were simply wonderful. The presentation was thoughtful with a beautiful nastursium blossom on each plate. The filet was 3" thick and was perfectly cooked to my desired level (pink in the middle). It could have been cut with a butter knife, although Jeremy brought me a very nice French steak knife. The filet was covered with braised onions and a lovely Bordelaise sauce. It was perfectly seasoned and each bite simply melted in my mouth. The whipped potatoes and haricot verts were wonderful accompaniments - I believe it may have been the best filet I have ever eaten. My husband's pork tenderloin was of equal quality and the potato and chevre fritter was unusual and wonderful. Everything was served piping hot which we always appreciate. We chose a hearty Australian red wine for our meal and it was a nice choice to pair with our cheese and entrees.
For dessert we chose to split the chocolate mousse cake which was filled with a carmelized banana custard. It was rich and smooth with a tremendous mix of flavors. While we were enjoying the mousse cake, Jeremy brought us another little treat from the kitchen - two small pieces of pumpkin cake with homemade cream cheese frosting topped with a candied pecan. It was the lightest, most flavorful cake I have ever eaten, and I was hard-pressed to choose which dessert I preferred - the chocoloate mousse cake or the unassuming pumpkin cake! What a nice decision to ponder.
Overall our evening was just what we were hoping for - a special experience with excellent food and service that would give us time to talk and reminisce about our last 14 years together. We were very impressed and look forward to a return visit soon. Thanks to all at Suzanne's!
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