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Half Moon – – enough to make Henry Hudson proud

half moon view

The best laid plans sometimes go awry.  Felt the need to enjoy the beautifully sunny day river-side with a nice lunch. The first place that came to mind was a location that has the requirements met: riverside dining and sun accessible.  There was one small problem…It wasn’t open. What a missed opportunity to have a location with an amazingly huge investment, customers willing to eat/drink riverside, reservations attendant on-board only to inform you that, “We’re closed.”  I graciously, and in shock, tipped my red hat and decided on the next locale- -and boy, did I find it!

Situated directly on the water in Dobbs Ferry, a short walk from the train station, is Half Moon.  The owners have done a fine job re-tooling from its previous incarnation. Although much can be said about the enormous dining room, fireplace, ample bar space for conversation and small bites/drinks, the focus is the water.

Sitting outside with the water lapping at the shoreline and rocks just a mere few feet from your feet is simply magical.  Waitstaff were very attentive and friendly.  Matt had a generous smile and was thorough and accurate in his descriptions of menu items and recommendations.

The dry-rubbed ribs were flavorful. Portion sizing was really appropriate for two to three people. The meat itself, although tender, was not fall-off-the-bone.  Another criticism was that even knowing the ribs certainly need to be cooked over a long period of time in advance then reheated, the outer portion of the ribs were warm and internally cool.

ribs mac cheese

Herb encrusted tuna was flavorful and when asked for medium rare was served a bit too rare.  On the side was a small portion of pico de gallo in addition to a strange pairing for July- – roasted root vegetables.  Although succulent and nicely seasoned, serve that to me in the cooler or even wintery months.


A hit at the table had to be the Ipswich sandwich of fried clams served on a deliciously soft potato roll with a slightly tangy/spicy remoulade underneath and delicious salty hand-cut fries which needed nothing more.

clam ipswich

Half Moon pricing is very reasonable, wine list has much to offer, and dining al fresco waterside:  Priceless!

Half Moon

1 High Street

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522



  1. Susan D wrote:

    The fried clams look delicious but was there enough remoulade? Nothing worse than a fried fish sandwich without enough finger lickin’ sauce.

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
  2. Todd wrote:

    Susan –

    Life is always better with MORE remoulade! There was a nice amount underneath but could have benefited from more in a ramekin on the side. Great point!

    Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 7:20 am | Permalink

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