I visited 121 Restaurant on a chilly night and was immediately drawn in to the warmth of this lovely restaurant with its soothing tones and roaring fireplace.
The bar area is quite busy with a large marble top and subdued lighting. I was quickly taken to my table which was set in a modern country upscale design. I was able to see the chef and other cooks through a glass wall as well as viewing a wood burning pizza oven .
I dined with my husband and we decided to try many items to get a good feel for the tastes and specialties of the house. We began with chaffed cauliflower, squash toast with homemade ricotta cheese, and tuna tartar with crispy avocado and wasabi vinaigrette. All very good especially loved the squash toasts. We then both had the butternut squash soup with maple cream. Delicious! We shared the wild mushroom pizza with three types of exotic mushrooms and fresh mozzarella cheese. So fresh and tasty. The wood oven pizza makes all the difference.
For entrees we had the pumpkin ravioli with carmelized chestnuts and sage in a brown butter sauce. This is truly a special dish with an array of interesting ingredients that melts in your mouth
. We loved this entrée. We also shared the crispy fried chicken with potatoes. Don’t let the name fool you. The dish is more like a light tempura batter with juicy flavor inside. This had a nice soothing taste. We ordered root vegetables for a side dish and loved this assortment of comforting veggies. No meal would be complete without a special dessert. We picked a dessert for two which consisted of homemade hot apple cider, warm pecan tart, poached pear with hazelnut ganache and pumpkin pots with fresh cream. This really was a nice ending to a perfect meal. The desserts will vary seasonally.
The menu focus in on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients from Hudson Valley farms and purveyors.