City Perch Kitchen and Bar: Farm to table dining and cocktails bring movie night to new heights


photo: City Perch

Dinner and a movie just became a whole lot easier in Westchester County.   City Perch Kitchen and Bar in Dobbs Ferry is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails and dine before or after seeing a movie at the fantastic Ipic Theater next door.   The menu is American Seasonal with an emphasis on farm to table ingredients.

City Perch is actually attached to the Ipic Theater (see our separate review).   This hip eatery features a rectangular bar with plenty of seating, bar games and tables.  The dining room features tables from intimate tables for two and for parties of 4 and more.  The theme of the restaurant is birds and wall art, unique custom lighting and more attest to this motif.  The lighting is subtle and creates a cozy and yet elevated place to dine.  There is also a private room for parties, and when weather permits, outdoor dining. There is a definite upscale feel to the restaurant.

Craft cocktails, described as Farm to Glass provide a wide and fun choice to enjoy before or during your meal.   The Perchmopolitan was a house berry infused vodka with cranberry, fresh sour and a splash of prosecco .  A very smooth cocktail and a real pleaser.    The Norma Jean was a refreshing concoction of vodka spiked strawberry lemonade.

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For starters we began with the  Brioche Crusted Maryland Crab Cakes.  Three small cakes served with an old bay remoulade, frisee and citrus salad and with yuzu vinaigrette.  An excellent way to start the meal with this fresh blend of soft crab and delicious ingredients.  The perfect size without filling you up before your entree.   The Yuzu vinaigrette was a perfect compliment and gave the crab cakes a little kick of flavor.

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Brioche Crusted Maryland Crab Cakes

We also sampled the Mussles.  A nice bowl of mussles served in a delicious white wine, dijon and saffron broth that was perfect.  As a seafood lover I was very pleased. Also available on the menu are King crab, shrimp, oysters served raw or as Oysters Rockefeller.

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The entree portion of the dinner menu offers many selections from burgers, pork, chicken, seafood, salads, and fresh pizza.   We tried several items from the menu for our entree.  The Shrimp and Grits was a fine choice with grilled shrimp, and a grits with a bacon vinaigrette.  The shrimp was delicious but the grits were missing something and tasted a bit plain to me. I am not sure what spices could have been added but it lacked the kick I was expecting. Still a nice dish.

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Shrimp and grits

The Grilled  Salmon was grilled to perfection and served in a healthy plate of quinoa, spinach and a saffron emulsion.  A pleasant presentation and a very nice healthy dish.

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Grilled Salmon

As we saw a lobster being delivered to another table, we just had to try the Oven Roasted Maine Lobster which was split and the claws removed from the shell for easier dining.  The lobster was 1 1/2 pounds and was delicious.Irene october 222

With just a bit of room left, we had to sample a dessert.  We split the Raspberry Red Velvet Pavlova , an interesting tall desert with a knive inserted in top consisting of crispy vanilla meringue, red velvet raspberry chunk ice cream, whipped cream,  and raspberry sauce.  A decadent and very filling dessert.  Great to share.

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Rasberry Red Velvet Pavlova

City Perch was a real fun dining experience.  Service was friendly and our items were brought to our table like clockwork.   If you are going to the fantastic Ipic theater next door (both restaurant and theater are connected) or just looking for a new place to dine, City Perch Kitchen and Bar in  Dobbs Ferry is the place.   Great for date night or dining out with friends.

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City Perch Kitchen and Bar

1 Livingstone Avenue Dobbs Ferry New York    (right off the Saw Mill Parkway)

free parking !

tel. 914.348.7007


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