Enter the charming, purple landmark building off a tree-lined street and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find a restaurant within. Dudley’s friendly atmosphere makes you feel as if you’ve been invited to a friend’s home for dinner. Formerly a turn-of-the-century speakeasy, the restaurant’s candlelit tables, accommo-dating staff and soothing, live piano music create a perfect setting for elegant dining, whether it’s dinner for two or a party of ten.
European and Asian influences are evident in Dudley’s contemporary American cuisine. Try one of the standout starters: the grilled portabello mushroom sandwiches with baby greens and curry yogurt drizzle or the daikon sprouts wrapped in smoked salmon with soy wasabi drizzle and salmon caviar.
EntrÃ©es are well-thought out with flavors enhancing one another as found in the grilled Peking duck breast with apple brandy sauce, mashed butternut squash and vegetables—a dish my dining companion savored to the last spoonful. I enjoyed the pan-roasted filet of salmon, a succulent melt-in-your-mouth treat served with lentils, potatoes and vegetables. For vegetarians, the cumin and tumeric Basmati rice with raisins and cashews over curried onions and peppers with broccoli is a generous entrÃ©e choice. The grilled, certified Angus sirloin steak with melted shallot merlot butter, garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables is a definite winner, as are the grilled medallions of pork tenderloin marinated in ginger, soy and sake and served with rice and vegetables.
Desserts, made on the premises, are definite musts. For chocolate lovers, such as myself, there’s the “melting chocolate cake,” luscious with rich chocolate, and the exquisite black and white chocolate macaroon tart with raspberry sauce. My companion savored the light and tender apple almond torte, redolent with fresh apple slices, cinnamon and generous layers of almonds, served with vanilla ice cream. These fine desserts, accompanied by excellently brewed coffee, round off an evening of fine dining.
6 Rockledge Ave., Ossining