3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769, 631-589-2694 www.viewoakdale.com
Dinner at The View was a confusing experience, filled with conundrums. Reservations at a waterfront restaurant on Long Island on a summer holiday weekend should be hard to come by but we had no trouble despite a late decision to dine here.
|Shredded Iceberg Salad|
|Cedar Roasted Atlantic Salmon|
But the star of the evening was the Pappardelle Bolognese. This was a dish of expertly prepared pasta with a rich, creamy, well-balanced sauce of veal, beef and pork with plum tomatoes and pecorino romano, flecked with fresh basil and finished with dollop of fresh ricotta cheese.
|Wild Berry Cheesecake|
In addition to the new American style menu, there is also a sushi option with a lone, lonely looking sushi chef off to the side. Fresh seafood on Long Island we understand but this was an odd mix of cuisines.
All of the servers were young and appeared to be on summer school break. They were efficient but could do with some instruction on smiling. Our own waiter did look a bit zoned out and his movements seemed careful and deliberate. Lines of cocaine in the back room or a doctor's prescription that left him dazed, we'll never know.
We do have one bone to pick with the management. That particular evening they were hosting two parties - a 60th birthday party and some sort of bridal rehearsal. The high ceilings in the room amplify sound and the two large tables were very noisy. The inside dining room does have a semi private space that would have been a better choice for these groups instead of the main dining room where the din disturbed the regular diners.
Despite the lovely setting, delicious food and reasonable prices, the dining room remained half empty so we see why they are trying to lure diners with the low cost, prix fixe food. But the decor really is beautiful with a slightly nautical theme, there is a large separate bar area if you just want cocktails and revelry and the outdoor seating area is generous. Outside the grounds are well-tended with lots of flowers and it's delightful to stroll around their dock and admire the boats moored there. Although we would have preferred a more elegant dining experience, we really did enjoy the meal and, at these low prices, we'll probably return.