Sweet Grass Grill is a terrific choice for dining along Main Street in Tarrytown with the look and feel of being fancy, but it’s rather quite casual with a down home vibe. It’s a quick train ride north of Manhattan and makes for a wonderful day trip on a weekend. The town itself is quaint and historic as it’s also the home of Sleepy Hollow where Washington Irving lived and wrote the famous story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” which has been made into movies and a popular TV show which I really enjoy. Even though it is a small town there is a lot to see and do here. Mansion tours, street fairs, quality dining, and some nightlife along main street.
When we were here for a recent weekend jaunt we dropped in for dinner before heading home and grabbed a table outside since it was so nice out. The menu is not too expansive but offers a diverse selection of plates to choose from. I like that they go local and seek out farm fresh ingredients from the nearby area. Also, there are seasonal soups, salads, and a changing roster of entrees. Vegetarian options too for those non-meat eaters. In fact, they have Meatless Mondays with a special vegan tasting menu on hand. Brunch is also served, and they have a decent wine list and micro brewed beers too!
We started off with a Vegetarian Tofu Summer Roll which was a cool refreshing start to the meal. Our main plate choices – she had the Whole Smoked Eggplant that came on a bed of hummus, fava, red pepper harissa, local egg, and garlic puree. I had the Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop which came with broccoli rabe and maple gastrique. On the table was also placed a basket of country bread and a creamy smooth ricotta-like butter and olive oil spread. Both plates were delicious with a real freshly made taste to them. The eggplant was very tasty and the pork chop was outstanding! I didn’t care who was looking at us as I picked up the bone and gnawed off every last bit of tender succulent meat on it like the caveman I am. The bourbon glaze added a sweet thrill to the taste buds.
Now, I have to note that even though the service was ok, and we had a terrific waitress, the long wait for our food was a bit much. Even though we were in no rush to grab a train back to the city it still took way too long to get our food. We were told there was a problem in the kitchen, or the chef hurt himself, or something to that matter. To make it worse it started raining as a flash shower broke out. We decided to move inside and they easily found us a nice table by the front window, and our waitress Nicole came by to tell us that our drinks and appetizer were being comp’ed. Now THAT is proper customer service and will definitely make us come back here for another meal. They get it here, and know how to take care of the customers.
Wonderful service, good food at respectable prices, casual and clean restaurant with a comfortable inviting vibe. Worth a try if ever up in Tarrytown. I would suggest making reservations as the place was full the Sunday evening we dropped by.
Sweet Grass Grill – http://www.sweetgrassgrill.com/