I was attending an event held at Empire City Casino in Yonkers which gave me the perfect opportunity to check out Dan Rooney’s Cafe and Bar. The atmosphere is one of sports pub blended with an Irish-American pub with tavern food, a large selection of beers and an Irish whiskey menu. The room is trimmed in dark wood, and more than 40 flat screen TVs ensure that patrons do not miss a second of action.
For a cocktail I tried the Coconut and Raspberry mojito as suggested by our waiter, John. A great selection that was very refreshing and complimented the menu items I would be sampling.
There are many appetizers from which to choose. My table picked a number of items including BBQ Pork Sliders, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Loaded Nachos and homemade Soft Pretzels. All were great picks and my favorite was the pretzels with the side of beer/cheese sauce and the delicious sliders. The wings were good but could have been prepared with a little less hot sauce.
For our main course selections we chose the Dan Rooney Burger, 8 ounces of beef with brie, water cress, onions and honey mustard on a brioche roll. Very tasty. It was served with fries.
My selection was the Blackened Salmon with glazed carrots in a herb sauce. A nicely prepared and delicious dish. This was a healthy selection and very enjoyable. Another selection was the rib eye steak which was excellent and cooked to perfection.
My waiter told us we had to try some of the homemade desserts. I was surprised how interesting and unique they were. We all shared a home made peanut and chocolate Candy Bar (wow!), and amazing Brownie Sundae with ice cream made with a hint of Guinness stout, walnuts and whipped cream. Unique and decadent.
Dan Rooney’s was an unexpected treat and if you find yourself at Empire City Casino, or in the area it is a great place to have a cocktail and grab a bite. And of course, with plenty of TVs, catch a game.
Dan Rooney’s Cafe and Bar
810 Yonkers Ave Yonkers, New York (at Empire City Casino)
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