New Restaurant - Next Door Bar and Grill
For my 30th Birthday, Mike made reservations for Next Door Bar & Grill in Pittsford. We were both very excited because we missed the opportunity to try Wegman's Tastings and this is their new venture. Wegman's always does it right by supporting the values of local nutritious delicious food while still keeping it fun, something I love about their stores and also their menu for this restaurant.
I really enjoyed the interior decor. I would love the big wooden sliding doors and birch tree sculptural art in my own home. Rustic contemporary is my favorite! Location wise, thinking of all the beautiful places in the area, why it was plunked in concrete utopia is beyond me.
Menu had lots of interesting choices. Mike tried Rohrbach's Next Door Ale from one of our favorite local breweries, again wonderful that they are supporting local businesses. I tried a Strawberry Cucumber Cooler cocktail because I never get cocktails. It was yummy and summery which helped my denial of approaching fall.
We got an appetizer of Slow Cooked Pork Belly because we were intrigued and it was amazing, especially with our leftover table bread to sop up the juices. Salty, tender, pork fat yum! The carrots were also great - flavorful and not overcooked which I truly appreciate.
Mike insisted that I get something from the entree menu because he wanted to make sure I was getting something special on my birthday. He knows I'd end up getting a pizza otherwise. Our meals were good but not what we were expecting. Our entrees were extremely educational even though we felt a bit sheepish. I got the Roasted Whole Bronzini, which unknowingly meant dead fish on a plate. After reading the description again on the website it screams this but under the low lights of anticipated good food my brain had a hiccup. I think when I glanced at the description my mind went to Braciole which is Italian stuffed beef rolls which I had recently seen prepared on Food Network. Luckily, I like fish, Mediterranean Seabass to be exact, and just had to have an adventure in eating one whole. My entree also had roasted summer squashes, eggplant, tomatoes, and orzo salad which was scrumptious with the fish.
Mike had the Long Island Duck Breast which he enjoyed very much with the miso mustard. It was paired with grilled Japanese eggplant topped with thick red miso and marinated bamboo shoot. The two sides were very strong from the miso and hard to finish unfortunately. I also tried them and thought the same...duck was awesome, miso sides were interesting to try and beautiful to look at but not something my taste buds kept craving for more.
Service was ok but definitely not great. I think the front of the house (?), Patrick, could sense our anxiousness and paid some spacial attention to us towards the end but it was a little too late. We were past getting a second drink and had Birthday cake on the brain. Luckily, while we were waiting, we had fun watching the Chefs in the gorgeous bustling open kitchen.
With that said, we want to go back and I think that says a lot. I think I already know what I want: Truffle Pizza!
You just read one of Upstate Crumbs' monthly New Restaurant posts. Each month, Mike and Heather will make it a point to eat at a restaurant they have never eaten at before and post about it. Want to follow us on the local journey? Check out our Foursquare List
Heather on August 24, 2011 at 9:40pm EDT
next door bar and grill