Produce tastes better when it doesn't travel long distances from the farm to the plate, unlike steak grilled on the propulsion jets of spacecraft. Savor the rewards of a short culinary commute with today's Groupon to Rainwater Grill in Hastings-on-Hudson. Choose between the following options:
• For $20, you get $40 of upscale sustainable dinner fare.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of upscale sustainable lunch fare.
Helmed by veteran chef Ian Friedman, Rainwater Grill reaps the harvest of local farms, serving a menu blooming with sustainable meat and seafood, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free grub. Like a disoriented greeting card, the tongue will wax poetic beneath the gorgonzola-and-bacon-stuffed inside out burger accompanied by hand-cut shoestring fries ($14). The Fisherman's Wharf seafood cioppino summons a whirlwind of sautéed clams, mussels, shrimp, and fresh fish, ceremoniously slathered in garlic, sautéed fennel, and fumé blanc ($24). Chanterelle mushrooms and family secrets spill out of the spinach ravioli ($14); whole-wheat pastas, grains, local produce, and a smattering of other options cater to diners with vegetarian and gluten-free diets. Afternoon appetites sate themselves with lunch items such as snapper-stuffed fish tacos ($8), crab cake sandwiches ($10), and pork belly sliders ($8).
The natural décor and warm colors of Rainwater Grill's earthy interior complement the local flavors of its menu. Outdoor seating, extensive wine pairings, and an event calendar peppered with as much live music as an international busking convention swarm the senses and evoke festive moods.
Rainwater Grill's patrons unwind in dining room that a 2010 New York Times article praised for its neighborhood feel and elegant décor. Amid natural stone accents and a gently burbling waterfall, servers deliver upscale American dishes such as grilled new york strip steak and a Fisherman’s Wharf seafood cioppino rife with sautéed clams, mussels, and calamari in a spicy saffron tomato broth. Diners can choose a beverage to complement their means with ease: the restaurant offers numerous wine-pairing suggestions for every entrée on the menu. In the lounge area, bartenders mix martinis for patrons who eschew the dining room in favor of watching one of the four high-definition televisions or listening to live music.