Have plans for Saint Patrick’s Day? The Omni Berkshire does, and let me tell you, its plans are delicious! The hotel’s Fireside restaurant will be featuring a special menu this March 17th filled with hearty Irish food and drinks. I was able to preview the food earlier this week, and I can’t rave about it enough!
My friend and I began with the Split Pea Soup, which includes big chunks of diced ham and a mustard swirl. It was SO good! This soup was his favorite dish of the meal, and my very, very close second favorite!
It is nice and hearty, and made us feel like we were in the Irish countryside, curled up by the fire with the rain pouring outside (yes, quite the imagery from one bowl of soup!).
Our next dish was my favorite, the Watercress Endive Salad. It didn’t taste like a salad, which is why I liked it! It has pastrami-cured smoked salmon served with fennel vinaigrette on a solid block of salt. The salt gives it a delicious flavor, and I did not want to stop eating it!
Now, I normally hate Reuben sandwiches, but this one I actually enjoyed, and that’s saying something! The Mile High Reuben is piled (mile) high with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Emmenthal cheese on toasted sourdough bread. The sandwich is served with crisp yukon wedges on an adorable cutting board that is shaped like New York.
It is perfectly juicy, and the cheese is a tasty addition. My friend devoured his in about 5 seconds!
Next we sampled the Lamb Sliders, which are topped with feta cheese and served with an olive salad and grilled onions. They were melt-in-your-mouth good, and the feta cheese added a wonderful flavor.
At about this time we started feeling full, but there were still so many dishes to try! Next up was the Corned Beef and Cabbage, which is presented with steamed fingerling potatoes in a horseradish cream sauce. It was a solid dish, but didn’t blow me away as much as the others.
Now if only there was a four-leafed clover in there!
My friend had been looking forward to this next dish the entire meal. The Ale Fish and Chips arrived featuring an ale-battered Chatham cod served with broccoli slaw and crisp yukon wedges. Usually fish and chips is a very greasy dish, so I was impressed with how the chef managed to create the same delicious, crispy taste without the grease.
Our last dish was another one of my favorites, and what I had been waiting for all meal. The Shepherds Pie is a lamb stew mixed with spring vegetables and covered with crusted mashed potatoes. The potatoes are deliciously creamy, and the lamb is hearty and has an excellent flavor. It was amazing!
I can’t recommend the Fireside restaurant at the Omni Berkshire hotel enough. Several of the dishes were among the best meals I’ve had in New York, especially that Watercress Endive Salad!
Plus the employees made the experience a class act from beginning to end. The chef, manager and multiple staff made it a point to introduce themselves to us, and came to our table throughout the meal to make sure that we were enjoying the food and the experience. It was apparent that everyone there takes pride in the food, the restaurant, and the hotel. Thus it wasn’t just the dishes, but also the people, that made the meal memorable.
So now you DO have plans on Saint Patrick’s Day! You absolutely must take advantage of this delicious menu!
You can find out more about the restaurant here.
I’ll see you there!