Hudson Garden Grill

Hudson Garden Grill

Sheila and I were pleasantly surprised by the delightful and yummy lunch we were served at the Hudson Garden Grill at the New York Botanical Gardens. I normally don’t go in for the hype surrounding “farm to table” much less “a fine experience” at a National Park, but the Hudson Garden Grill has certainly caused me to reconsider my opinion. The Hudson Garden Grill provides great fresh food at affordable prices.

I will spare you the agony of disappointment by featuring the menu since it changes frequently depending what is in season. The restaurant is open only during the normal hours of the Botanical Gardens – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and  is closed on Monday – unless you are fortunate few to be invited to one of the after-hours catered events. (Editor’s Note: Considering the demographics of Gourmay readers, you are unlikely to be on any “special event” shortlist). Lunch is quite crowded, so do make a reservation if you are planning to dine around peak hours.

In any event, I will share our lunch experience with photos from “iPhone Babe” Sheila.

Drinks

Bronx Summer Pale AleSheila settled for a Frida Sour (named after Frida Kahlo who will be featured at the NYBG beginning on May 16th).  (Editor’s Note:  Frida is an accomplished artist, wife of Diego Rivera and reputedly the lover of Leon Trotsky – most certainly a fascinating woman!).  Sheila made a good choice while I opted for the more mundane strawberry, basil and citron Absolute.   Nevertheless, the best drink by far was Bronx Summer Beer or Pale Ale which had a refreshing bit of lemon.  Refreshing taste for those who need a lift this summer and I rarely drink beer.

 

Appetizer

zucchini crabcake

Sheila and I decided to split the “Zucchini Blossom Crab Cake.”   Wow!  Brilliantly presently and full of real crabmeat rather than the traditional bread filler.  This was a joy to eat and, quite frankly, I am sad that I had to share.

Main Course

While tempted by many items on the menu, Sheila settled on “Anson Mills Grits” which featured a poached farm egg, chanterelles and parmesan consommé over authentic grits from Anson Mills.

Anson Mills Grits

 

Since I am on a rigorous diet preparing for our trip to Italy, I had to “settle” for Pork and Beans, which consisted of a generous portion of Braised Pork Belly, Anson Mills Red Island Peas and Celery. These red islands “peas” tasted more like “beans.” but the taste was incomparable. I tip my hat to Anson Mills for trying to save these great heritage grains. Diners of fine food rejoice.

Anson Mills Red Island Peas and Pork Belly

I am getting hungry again looking at these great pictures. This is not good for my diet. Hudson Garden Grill – We will be back! Thank you for a truly enjoyable lunch.

An Evening with Orchids at the NYBG

Orchid Show at the NYBG

Sheila and I had the good fortune to attend the Orchid “Evening” at the New York Botanical Garden (“NYBG”) last week. We arrived just as the sun was setting with our next door neighbor Judy and were treated to a remarkable display of orchids from around the world. Almost half are grown at the NYBG, but the remaining 50% come from many exotic locations. What a show and the complimentary cocktail was quite lethal.

I would strongly encourage you to make your reservation to attend one of the “Orchid Evenings” during the month of April. You will certainly be happy that you have done so and bring your camera or smart phone. I will close with a few photos by acclaimed Gourmay photographer and editor, Ms. Sheila:

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Kiku Exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden

Spent a lovely Fall afternoon at the New York Botanical Garden, checking out the Kiku exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden (see banner below).

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The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Special weekend events spotlight the arts of bonsai and ikebana, as well as taiko drumming, and celebrate the importance of flowers in Japanese culture.

Sheila and I have been to several chrysanthemum exhibits, but this is the first time that the Botanical Garden staff have “flown solo” without the support of experienced Japanese specialists.  They did a brilliant job.

This is a must-see exhibit to truly appreciate these floral sculptures that are so important to Japanese culture.