As Restaurant Week continues, next up on my list of places to eat was Horace & Sylvia’s Publick House in Babylon, New York. In the interest of full disclosure, I have eaten at this restaurant once before and had a great experience. What prompted me to return was the amazing menu they offered as part of Restaurant week.
The restaurant is located in the quaint Village of Babylon, nestled between shops and cafés. Inside, charming private booths line the wall, along with ample seating in the bar area and tables in the back to accommodate larger parties. After nabbing one of the booths, I remembered that this restaurant offered some of the best warm, flakey rolls I have ever had and served them with a light, sweet butter that was like none-other.
This was one of the rare occasions where reading the menu online would not suffice. The restaurant offered a plethora of options, ranging from scallops to Surf and Turf, and strip steak to filet mignon. Deciding on an appetizer was relatively simple, but selecting an entrée was no easy feat. After careful consideration, I decided to have the calamari as an appetizer and went with the 10 ounce sirloin with stuffed shrimp as an entrée.
The restaurant was very efficient, and my food was brought with alacrity, which was a nice treat after a long day of work. The calamari was excellent – perfectly cooked with just the right amount of seasoning and offered with the optional marinara sauce (since I am not a fan of anything spicy, I always ask for sauces to be on the side). Next to arrive was the sirloin, prepared medium rare with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli. This too was well cooked, and had a lot of flavor. It went well with the stuffed shrimp and mashed potatoes.
Anyone who knows me, knows that the dessert is my favorite part of the meal, and this dessert definitely did not disappoint. A chocolate flour-less cake was the perfect way to end a great meal. The cake was moist and not overly sweet (although I don’t think I have ever come across anything that was too sweet for me), but still had that rich, decadent taste.
Overall I was impressed not just with the food, but the quality service and ambiance of the restaurant. I can honestly say it was a relaxing and enjoyable dinner out, and I would welcome the opportunity to return for another meal!