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“Delightful dining, not just eating”
Review of Niles Gourmet

Niles Gourmet
Ranked #4 of 13 Restaurants in Moravia
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 8, 2011

While most American restaurants shout "more," Niles Gourmet insists on "better." Chef/owner Sandie creates unique dishes from locally grown foods, many of which are fresh-harvested from her own vegetable and herb gardens and orchard. Dishes with meat or fish feature only those obtained within the area. Such care and quality cannot be provided for the same price as mass-produced hamburgers and buffet dross.
A friend and I traveled 2 hours on a gorgeous summer day to celebrate a birthday. We seek out unusual restaurants for this annual occasion. Niles Gourmet was our greatest find yet. We were welcomed into the warm and charming log cabin, built by Sandie and her husband Eric, by our hostess. This is truly like being invited into the comfortable home of a good friend. The extensive menu, changed each week, does indicate prices.
There are separate menu boards for featured wines and desserts.
Since this is not a "fast food" restaurant, taking one's time to relax in the cozy atmosphere, to visit with the chef and then to savor every magnificent flavor in the dishes is encouraged. I enjoyed the cheese-stuffed zucchini blossoms with salad and my friend delighted in the delicate pumpkin gnocchi. Taste buds which had never been used before suddenly sprung to life in my mouth. Large portions would have overwhelmed them. The desserts, featuring fresh berries, were equally delicious.
If you're looking for a memorable dining experience, not just another "all-you-can-eat" feeding, Niles Gourmet Bistro will not disappoint.

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Reviewed September 7, 2011

We ordered two of the recommended gourmet dishes and we were not disappointed. The gourmet chief Sandie took our orders and then began to make our dinners form scratch. We spent the time waiting for the meal enjoying the summer breeze on the open porch and watching the humming birds entertain us. The service was personal and friendly and the food was outstanding! Everything is prepared individually from scratch so you need to expect to wait but it is well worth it.

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Thank Bruce S
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We travel for about 1 1/2 from Keuka Lake to get to Niles Gourmet and it was really worth the travel, beautiful country side setting, we thought we were in Tuscany, owners were very nice and gave us a little tour of there facility everything was very clean. The food was superb the owner Chef works wonders with a great varieties of local fresh ingredients, many from her own garden to elaborate wonderful dishes. I had an eggplant dish to die for, you can reallyt taste the difference of flavors since it was made in the brick oven. MY wife had a rabbit salad and she thought it was superb, the mix of textures and flavors was really amazing, because the rabbit was with curry sauce and then you will find blueberries, cranberries, kiwi, mango and a little touch of carrot preserves on the side that brought the dish to another level. Finally the desserts a lavender vanilla gelato and some dates cakes were just amazing.

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Thank Rigo M
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

When my friend and I reached the restaurant dusk was just beginning to fall. We were warmly greeted at the door by the restaurant owners, Eric and Sandy....a perfect way to start the evening. We sat in rocking chairs as we read the menu (a large chalkboard on the wall) everything made us feel at home and at ease.
While we made our selections we enjoyed bantering back and forth with Eric, whose amazing personality is matched only by his sense of humor.
Everything on the menu is fresh and locally grown which we both appreciated.
We sipped our drinks while our dinner was prepared and a fire was started in the small stove right near our table adding a delightful touch to the evening.
Our food came in good time and each course was unique and absolutely amazing. We savored every bite!
We were well taken care of throughout dinner....We never were wanting for anything.
We finished off our evening with dessert that was out of this world!
We were sad to leave when our night came to an end...we had enjoyed excellent food and wonderful service and felt as if we were leaving old friends behind as we headed home. It felt like we had stepped into a different world for three wonderful hours. We left not only satisfied but impressed above and beyond our expectations!

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Thank Olivia B
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We have ventured to the Niles Gourmet twice now and have thoroughly enjoyed our experiences. It is so refreshing to dine where you are not faced with the same menu choices as every other place around. Plus their menu is ever changing. Don’t expect fried mozzarella sticks, Buffalo wings or cheeseburgers.
Sandie (chef/owner) is a true foodie that is passionate about the quality of the ingredients. She focuses on local, organic and unique gourmet items which are becoming more and more foreign to the deep fried American fare at other restaurants.
Don’t go with a super size me mentality, remember…it’s gourmet, local, organic, personally prepared. Slow down and savor each bite. In a world where most restaurants are serving over processed, nutritionally deficient food, it is a refreshing change of pace to go out for a long slow evening of dining. We spent about 3 hours each time we were there and I would rank it as one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had.
Eric as our waiter/owner is a delight to “play” and banter with while dining. Our first time, we dined with 2 other tables of guests and enjoyed the intimacy of the place where you can also get to know your fellow diners. The second time was for our anniversary on a Wednesday night which we had the place to ourselves, which was equally as enjoyable.
As a fellow foodie, I have worked in many restaurants; dined in many more, as well as owned my own and I know what a true gem this is. In our world of fast food and junk food…Niles Gourmet is truly hidden treasure.

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