Sunday, November 15, 2009

Union Restaurant Haverstraw

It was a gorgeous day in NY today. 67 degrees in November. Unbelievable.

And my daughter Liisa was here. We wanted to go out for brunch somewhere lovely and preferably somewhere by the river.

The answer: Union Restaurant and Bar Latino in Haverstraw.
(o.k. the restaurant is not on the river but Haverstraw is a river town so close enough.)

So let's just cut to the chase here. It was the best meal I've had in Rockland County in a long time.

We started with sangria; always perfect on for a sunny day. Later I ordered a glass of pinot noir and decided that next time I'd also order a bottle of something red from there very well-priced wine list.

Since it was a Sunday afternoon and we'd been kind of thinking about having brunch we didn't order entrees. We'd never been to Union Restaurant before and we wanted to try a few things. And anyway, I can always make an entire meal out of appetizers. So we did.

We had ensalada verde, (watercress, avocado and tomato in a light vinagrette. Why haven't I had a watercress salad before? Who knew?) French onion soup, (very cheesy with plenty of good onion flavor) a small pizza on a tortilla crust with carmelized onions, fresh tomato, basil and blue cheese and and an arepa colombiana with lightly breaded shrimp and mango, one of their signature dishes. (photo.)

I loved the Latin flavors and influences here. The menu was small enough that each item could be prepared with attention but varied enough to give choices to a party of diners. The service was welcoming and attentive. The atmosphere was special yet comfortable. I'll be back. And I'll be bringing my friends.