There are so many exciting restaurants in our area and new eateries joining the dining scene each month. Joe & Joe Nyack is a new dining destination that has deep family roots. The original Joe and Joe was a mainstay on Castle Hill Avenue in the Bronx from its opening in 1940. The menu of Italian kitchen favorites and family tradition continued with the opening of Joe and Joe Pearl River 18 years ago. Now brothers, Anthony and Joe Longobardo have opened a restaurant which blends the traditional favorites with more modern dishes you would not expect.
The eatery is modern and airy with several distinct spaces. There is the elegant bar and the brick pizza oven, the large main dining room, another dining room which can handle overflow or a private party, as well as a outdoor dining space. Wall art features a wonderful blend of family photos dating back decades as well as a large modern art painting of a woman enjoying a slice of pizza.
Some of the food we sampled from the menu was Hollander Mussels from Maine served in a red tomato sauce. These had to be some of the plumpest and tastiest mussels we have ever sampled.
Classic Burrata Caprese was infused with fresh and a light twist. The orange caprese was served with sun kissed blueberries, raw honey, sweet pistachio, baby arugula, orange, and fresh basil and mint. A wonderful dish to have as a starter.
Another interesting dish and certainly something we did not expect was the Feisty Fritto Shrimp which includes nicely grilled shrimp in a housemade spicy hot sauce. A really nice and unique appetizer.
The “Impossible Meatballs” Parmagiana is a modern take on the Italian kitchen classic. These meatless meatballs taste just like real meat, and are topped with fresh marinara sauce, mozzarella, pecorino, and fresh basil. A fantastic dish for anyone in your party and perfect for vegetarians. It can be served with a side of spaghetti squash or penne.
The pizza oven on site offers a number of favorites but we opted to try something new. Gluten-Free, Low Carb Cauliflower Crust Pizza was fantastic and is topped with shredded baby spinanch, heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, evoo and chili flakes. It was topped with an edible flower and made for a beautiful presentation. This non traditional pizza was delicious as it was healthy and low carb.
Joe & Joe’s “Famous” Shrimp a la Anthony is a house favorite. This dish features stuffed jumbo shrimp. prosciutto di parma, fresh mozzarella, fresh seasonal veggies, Joe& Joe crispy croquettes in a white wine sauce. One bite of this dish and we understood why it is such a standout on the menu.
Joe & Joe Nyack has brought to our area a menu that is a fantastic fusion of Italian favorites, along with some very innovative and modern dishes. The inclusion of gluten free and vegetarian options is a great way of allowing all guests to come and enjoy the warm family atmosphere of this fine new restaurant. History and tradition are important. When you take those values and blend new culinary ideas, you have the makings of a very special dining experience.
Joe & Joe Nyack
173 Main Street Nyack NY tel. 845-535-3888
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