Where to Take Dad for Father’s Day
By Morris Gut
FOODIES- Seasoned restaurateur Paul Hurley has opened a handsome, 90-seat steakhouse and pub in New Rochelle next to the Avalon complex on bustling Division Street.
Many months of renovation to a former rug shop has evolved into a warm and rustic bar/lounge and formal dining room with cozy fireplace, and dark wood & brick walls. Artsy, playful steakhouse ‘bull’ prints line the pub room wall opposite the sparkling bar, while the tableclothed dining room is accented by gleaming silver ‘bull’ sculptures, large antique mirrors and artworks. The inviting fireplace divides both areas.
The opening menu offers patrons both traditional gastro-pub specialties and prime steakhouse fair. Great starters include: a daily seafood Raw Bar, Tuna Tartare, Sizzling Canadian Bacon, Crab Cake and Baked Clams. Oysters, clams and shrimp are always on hand. Daily happy hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. feature $1 oysters by the piece. A Seafood Tower with a selection of chilled shellfish, is market priced.
Fresh made salads include a big Prime Iceberg Wedge with beefsteak tomatoes, bacon bits, blue cheese dressing and crispy onions; Classic Caesar Salad, aged parmesan and herbed croutons; and Baby Arugula with roasted beets, warm goat cheese, salted pistachios, raspberry walnut vinaigrette.
A Burger & Sandwich Board includes: a signature double-layered ‘Queen City of the Sound’ Burger, 10 oz. prime beef, topped with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, fried oysters, sautéed mushrooms, smoked bacon all stacked on a brioche bun. There is also Corned Beef on Rye; Salmon BLT; Prime Rib Dip; Roasted Chicken Club; and Aged Prime Filet Sandwich.
Traditional Irish Steakhouse fare includes: Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Irish Style Fish & Chips, and Bangers ‘N Mash served with all the fixins. Popular entrees include: Linguine in White Clam Sauce; Grilled Atlantic Salmon with wasabi mashed; and Shrimp Fra Diavolo.
Carnivores will enjoy the Porterhouse Steak for two, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Prime Beef Short Ribs, classic Surf & Turf with 8 oz. filet mignon and lobster tail; 36 oz. Racquet Ball Ribeye; 16 oz. Prime N.Y. Bone-In Sirloin; and Prime 8 oz. Filet Mignon. Already popular is the weekend Prime Rib Roast. Each come with choice of luxurious sauce: port wine, au poivre, bearnaise, or horseradish. Plenty of sides, too: sautéed or creamed spinach, baked or mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon & honey, steak frites, mac & cheese, or asparagus.
Special Hint: Enjoy a cocktail by the hearth or hang in the bar/lounge. It is a great spot for networking. Happy Hours run Monday thru Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. offering specially priced cocktails and appetizers. There is a special bar menu, too.
Hurley’s Steakhouse & Pub is located at 15 Division Street, New Rochelle. Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Price range at lunch & dinner: $10 to $55. Full take-out. Delivery. Proper casual dress. Municipal & valet parking. Phone: 914-738-6000 www.hurleyssteakhouse.com
(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in the Bronx and Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)