2 Oct 2017
It was like taking a mini-vacation. Pulling up to La Panetière in Rye, I reveled in its lush flowery landscaping now taking on the hues of fall and the charm of entering the beautifully decorated dining room. I had not dined at proprietor Jacques Loupiac’s 32-year-old bastion of French cuisine on Milton Road in quite some time. I was looking forward to the experience.
I chose to visit for lunch when the house offers a reasonably-priced option: two courses for $25 or three courses for $32. For openers, I ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc that fit this mild late summer afternoon perfectly – with the help of Stephane, the maître d’. A good crispy small baguette and butter in a ramekin was delivered warm to my table.
First course: a duet of red beet roots and Granny Smith apples, green mustard sorbet and a green herb salad. It rocketed my palate to foodie heaven! So refreshing and flavorful.
Main course: sautéed Atlantic Halibut, one of my favorite fish, layered with basil crust, yellow wax beans, snow and sugar snap peas. Delicious!
For dessert: Napoleon of Arlette Biscuit with raspberries, chiboust cream and mixed berry coulis. A wonder of rich flavors! My compliments to Chef Dean Loupiac.
Each course had been artfully plated. Gazing around this beautiful dining room during my meal was also pleasurable. It felt nice to be pampered a bit in the Gallic way, and proved to be the best way to visit Paris without leaving Westchester.
Some points to take note of: The dress code has been relaxed so smart casual is fine. A new vegetarian menu has been added for those so inclined. And a three-course Sunday brunch is now offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $40 per person plus tax & gratuities. Brunch includes a complimentary glass of wine, Prosecco, or Bloody Mary.
La Panetiere is located at 530 Milton Road, Rye. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Monday evening thru Sunday. Closed Monday afternoons. Lovely private party facilities. Catering. Bar/lounge. Take out. Major credit cards. Ample parking. Reservations advised. Phone: 914-967-8140.