The Beekman Street Bistro is located just a few blocks from Broadway (main thoroughfare) in the rejuvenated, Historic Westside Neighborhood of Saratoga Springs. Beekman Street (once a rather rundown and forgotten section of the city) is now enjoying a sort of renaissance as it has become the "Arts District" of the Spa City. Beekman Street is safe; do yourself a favor and get away from commercialized Broadway and explore the city’s many side streets and outlying neighborhoods. Beekman Street is a mix of residential and small businesses; little art galleries, shops and restaurants.
Because our city is located in the heart of Upstate New York, we are fortunate to be surrounded by many great farms. And what is really nice about this restaurant in particular is that they have capitalized on this fact. The owners of The Beekman Street Bistro have developed relations with local farmers and as a result have established a “farm to table” philosophy; using local, fresh, seasonal produce and meats when possible; they are “…committed to using local and sustainable products.”
We were seated in a timely manner according to our reservation. The wait staff was friendly and very accommodating. Our table was nice, but very small. Luckily we had an early seating so we didn’t feel too crowded. However, if the dinning room was full, I would not have enjoyed the experience as I would have felt a little claustrophobic in such a small room with so many tables in such close proximately to each other. In Europe I can deal with seating like this, but not in the States. The décor is a little strange; a mix of contemporary furniture, abstract art and country knickknacks (ceramic chicken figurines), but somehow it all works. Each table had a burning votive candle, holiday poinsettias adorned the side walls and soft retro Christmas music played in the background; the perfect setting for an early Christmas Eve dinner.
Our dinner begin with very good bread and dipping oil. For starters we had Celeriac Soup ($5.00), Prince Edward Island Mussels ($9.00) and one Farm Green Salad ($9.00). We both ordered Pan Seared Duck Breast ($23.00) for our entrées. For drinks we had one glass of wine ($9.00) and one draft beer ($5.75). I would have preferred a cocktail before dinner but the restaurant does not have a full liquor license, so only wine and a very limited, but good selection of beer is offered.
The food was very good; not outstanding, but enjoyable just the same. My only complaint was that I had to send my soup back to the kitchen (something I hate and seldom do) as it was just too cold to eat. However, this did not become an issue at all; the waiter was very congenial about the matter. Our bill with tip came to $97.00; a little overpriced for what we got. So, budget approximately $100.00 per couple if you decide to try this pricy, but worthwhile bistro.
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