Last Saturday Sean and I had to make an apple store run. If you live in the Hudson Valley you know the closest and most convenient apple store is in the danbury mall. On our way home we stopped at Whole Foods. We had really good intentions of cooking dinner when we got home. Thanks to Saturday traffic, before we knew it, it was 8pm. That’s when we decided we’d go out to eat. I’ve been so spoiled with dinner options living in the city. We couldn’t think of a place to go. It turned into the typical couple fight of where to eat. We all know how that one goes.
Sean suggested that we drive through the little Italy section of the city of Poughkeepsie. We pulled up to a place called “Essie’s.”I had never heard of it. Sean said some of his students had great food there. I hopped out to get us a seat while he parked the car. They had full reservations but the bar had two open seats. First thing I noticed was their fantastic drink menu which included many craft beers and cocktails.
I ordered the “Poughkeepsie Pioneer.” It’s basically a bourbon old-fashioned. After one sip I had to ask the bartender Eddie why it had a smokey aftertaste. He explained that he soaked the bourbon in lapsang tea from http://www.teatalkteas.com
Perfect for a chilly winter evening. Sean ordered the Granola brown ale. Just as yummy.
To start we got a bowl of the butternut squash soup and an order of the country ham cheddar corn muffins.
For dinner we got the Chicken & dumpling.
And the Flat iron steak.
The flat iron steak came with spinach, sweet potato fingerlings, caramelized onion au jus and the most amazing savory bread pudding. I would have licked the plate if I could. For dessert I got the espresso martini.
Eddie mixed some titos, heavy cream and fresh vanilla bean.
We were completely satisfied with our dinner. There was something special that happened though. Sean started talking to the couple next to us. After shooting the shit for awhile, Sean pointed out that the woman next to us worked for the NY Blood center. This was a higher power getting involved. I was literally just talking to Sean about discontinuing our annual fathers day blood drive. Maybe going in another direction to give back. I wasn’t happy with the way the last two years went. Due to some unfortunate situations we lost so many donors. After much discussion we exchanged numbers and vowed to make this year better than ever. That’s what I love about living in the Hudson Valley. So many families and so many professionals. You never know who you’re going to meet. Cheers t0 top notch food and great connections at “Essie’s.”