Quogue, New York
June 22, 2003
Reservations can only be made from 3-5pm daily. If the times are not convenient for that particular day, you will be given a reservation for the next day at your choice of time.
The service is leisurely and formal but enjoyable since a pianist provides background music. Men are required to wear long pants and collared shirts -- these well dressed people and the music create a "supper club" atmosphere.
Lobster bisque and hearts of palm salad were savored bite by bite. The loin of lamb was tender and cooked to perfection. The accompanying brandy and rosemary sauce . . . superb!! Veal steak should have been ordered "rare" . . . but the sauce and few small vegetables were excellent. The chateaubriand and filet with peppercorn sauce are both outstanding.
Desserts were good, but not spectacular. A better choice would be to sit outside in the courtyard under the stars and sip a specialty coffee with liquor and whipped cream while listening to the evening entertainment.
In addition to the "free" wines that are included, you are also offered a wine list of "better" wines at a charge of $25 to $35 bottle. We didn't feel the need to splurge.
Do make sure to call early for your reservation -- there is no one to answer calls made after 5pm. You don't want to miss this dining experience.
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