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Croton Creek Steakhouse & Wine Bar

A train ride on the Harlem Line or a car ride on 684 and off of 22 will land you in Croton Falls – – a charming community with a new eatery.  The restaurant resides in a 132 year-old building which has spent most of those years as various bar incarnations.

Owners, Jim Stake, Liam Harvey, chef-owner Eric Kupferberg, and Kimberly Locke (a former American Idol finalist) re-tooled the location opening a “steak boutique and wine bar.” 

The restaurant is nicely appointed.  The original brick walls work well with warm, muted colors.  The bar provides seating for both drinking and eating.  There are modern leather sofas and the lighting is whimsical.  The “WC” is well designed, clean and the sinks bring a smile to your face.  The overall space is small and the bar is separate from the main dining area.  However, there are a few available tables by the bar if you can snag one.  This place has caught on and fills quickly.  Reservations are not accepted.

The eatery accommodates about 50 or so and can get noisy.  The wait staff is very attentive – – and owners Stake and Harvey are very present meeting and seating patrons and serving, too.  There have been no Locke sightings of late.

A trip to the gym is in order to be able to lift the weighted water glass placed in front of you.  The wine list is substantial, varied, and most are on the pricier side.  There are more than thirty wines available by the glass. 

The evening’s specials are noted on a card found with the regular menu at your place setting.  Each item on the card recommends a beverage pairing – – which could be wine, a specialty martini, or beer.  Wine is served in larger glasses which creates a romantic and yet “we come from abundance” feeling. The martini menu is inventive, and if a sweeter-tini is good for you, then try the Absolut Pears & almond martini with its sugared rim.  If you like a good Belvedere or Grey Goose straight-up with a twist (or olives), then go for it – – there is something for every taste.

An experience here is not inexpensive.  Entrees range between $22 and $42.  Once you’ve ordered your steak, you then select your side dishes which are suitable for sharing with another person.  Creamed spinach, wild mushrooms, and mixed vegetables are just some of the options.  Next, you select your a la carte sauce which could be demi-glace of Syrah, stilton cheese, or perhaps green peppercorn brandy among others.  Another choice could be a composed butter, that melts down and around the sides of your steak.

If you’re not in the mood for steak, the menu has a section referred to as “Compositions.”  Under this category, you’ll find lamb chops, halibut, salmon (served as a timbale with an olive tapenade crowning the top surface).  In the mood for a burger? Then go for a bison burger, or perhaps the Kobe beef burger, which arrives as a tower with Swiss cheese, frizzled onions, smokey apple wood bacon and served on a roll of brioche.  French fries and a small mixed green salad are also on the plate.

Overall, my favorite part experience was the sharing of fondue made from a farmhouse cheese.  It comes in a bubbling pot with chunks of bread for dipping.  It is as flavorful as any fondue I have had in Switzerland and is enhanced by ordering the grilled vegetables ($5) and the very flavorful beef tips ($10).

Notes: 

The wait staff is very friendly. 

The Kobe burger arrives and the plate becomes a disaster as one tries to eat it with knife and fork.  The tower is too tall to attempt eating regular burger style.  It arrived with fries at room temperature and the burger, too.  A $26 burger should be presented warm, just off the grill. They quickly fixed the situation by running it under the broiler – – the entire plate – -as evidenced by my now very “browned brioche” and newly warmed salad greens – – oops.

The steak frites made of pricey Kobe beef ($42) was ordered medium rare per the recommendation.  The steak was delivered medium rare around the tips but was rare if almost not cooked whatsoever in the middle. This, too, was sent back for further attention. 

Salmon arrives nicely presented but is on the dry side and would benefit from a sauce recommendation.

Friday and Saturday night brings on an interesting crowd of 11PM – 1AM diners (perhaps dining before heading down to Manhattan or up to Connecticut for a long night out).  There is a special menu just for that time slot.

Check it out. There are a few kinks to work out, however.  My recommendation:  Eat at the bar with a friend, have an interesting cocktail or two and work your way through some appetizers.  This will give you a hint before deciding to plunge into the more expensive venture.

Croton Creek Steakhouse & Wine Bar

4 West Cross Street

Croton Falls, NY  10519

Phone:  914-276-0437

www.crotoncreek.com

 

8 Comments

  1. Mary smith wrote:

    We went to dinner at Croton Creek and had a 7:30 reservation. After an hour of waiting we were told that no one had no idea what time that we would be sitting. The owners were immediately defense and confrontational when we questioned their reservation system. There is absolutely no customer service and it’s apparent they are in over their heads. The owners were quick to point out recent accolades but paid no attention to the fact there were many, many unhappy customer. Everyone left and went down the road to Primavera for an excellent meal and even better customer service.

    We would highly recommend skipping Croton Creek and go for a great burger at The Blazer.

    Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 10:12 pm | Permalink
  2. Lauren wrote:

    We went to Croton Creek on a recommendation from a friend. Although they don’t take reservations, they do take reservations for parties of 6 or more. my party of 6 had a reservation at 7:30. By 8:15 we were told — by the owners — that they had no idea when we were going to sit down. All they did was throw back a recent review they got in In Town magazine. The owners were extremely non-accomodating, rude and defensive – actually barking to us not to tell them how to run their restaurant.

    Many other diners were experiencing the same thing – all leaving for Primavera where we met up to comiserate. Other diners actually set up their own space in the bar area and asked the waiters to bring them food there! We were baffled as to how a new restuarant operates in this manner. And how owners have no sense of customer service.

    There are too many good restaurants in Northern Westchester to bother with Croton Creek.

    Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
  3. I ate there again last evening. The wines by the glass were uninteresting. The service was decent, I had a reservation which was acknowledged. A defensive staff is not beneficial to anybody.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
  4. Mike wrote:

    I was at Croton Creek the very same night as Lauren and Mary, sitting at the bar also waiting for a table. I agree it’s never pleasant waiting for a table especially when a reservation has been made. But that’s where the agreement ends. The owners of Croton Creek have been responsive and generous each and every time I’ve been to the restaurant. Perhaps it was something that Lauren and or Mary said that made the difference between the experience they had and the experience that everyone else had that I witnessed.

    What is extremely questionable about these comments is that they were made without any pain or consideration on Lauren or Mary’s part as everyone near your party saw you leave without paying your bar bill. Not the best way to ingratiate yourself with any eating establishment.

    By the way, Mary is correct that The Blazer has great burgers.

    Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 2:02 pm | Permalink
  5. tom wrote:

    just there this weekend(4-13-2008) was told would be an hour wait at 7:59 ok no big deal til 9:15 and still had no table…given a round of drinks on the house and finally a table at 10:15…the french onion soup was one of the best she’s ever eaten the fondue was excellent with sirloin tips… but by this time people that just came in were seated and served at the same time we,who were waiting 2 1/4 hours, and it just frustrated us….steaks were good but through all this it was frustrating and the wait staff didn’t try to make dining a pleasant experience

    Monday, April 14, 2008 at 3:46 am | Permalink
  6. Janet wrote:

    We have made numerous visits with friends and family to Croton Creek Restaurant, the “steak boutique and wine bar” and have had excellent dining experiences each time. They make dining such a fun event. For the first time I went to try out thier brunch menu with a group of girlfriends, and everything we ordered was cooked to perfection! We started with the most delicious cheese fondue with bread and beef. Coming from a French background of gourmet cuisine, I’ve had many fonude’s, but this was truly “the best”! Then we had the crab cake; fully loaded with fresh crab meat, refreshing cilantro guacamole on top and a side of arugula with a crispy crust. As a main course, I had the Romanian skirt steak with poached farm eggs. These were the most perfect poached eggs I’ve ever had. Looked like 2 little white clouds and tasted very light. Accompanied with home fries, hollandaise sauce and a toasted English muffin. The steak was very lean and cooked just as requested. Our friends ordered the Kobe beef burger and as usual, it was a very impressive presentation; which arrives as a tower with Swiss cheese, frizzled onions, smokey apple wood bacon served on a brioche roll with warm crispy French fries and a small mixed green salad. For the finale; we shared a combination of desserts: the chocolate molten cake which melts in your mouth, apple creme brule with fresh vanilla bean is very light and best of all their signature tiramisu Martini. Ymmmmmmm….. The service, ambiance and food presentations were all excellent. It was well worth the trip and very eventful. We will definately be back again very soon.

    Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Permalink
  7. tony wrote:

    just returned from croton creek steakhouse. Service at best was just average and the restauant is way overpriced. i had a 14oz., $34.00 steak which was 8 Oz of fat and grizzle and 6oz of average tastiing meat. The $9 ceasar salad was way over priced and also tatsteless. My wife had a kobe beeef burger which was tasty but way overpriced @ $26. I could not wait to get out of the restaurant.
    Don’t go to this place and save the diappointment.

    Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Permalink
  8. Jeff Stewart wrote:

    A mate recommended me to look at this site, great post, fascinating read… keep up the good work!

    Friday, December 18, 2009 at 10:59 am | Permalink

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