8 North Broadway: Culinary Adventures Through Eating, Sipping, Mingling and Learning

I’ve written before about this culinary gem in Nyack, New York, which recently got its liquor license. Their copper bar is a stunner and a fine place to slurp freshly shucked oysters until your table is ready in the adjacent dining room.  While not much of a cocktail girl, I will tell you that the wine offered at 8 North Broadway is curated with significant care and favors small producers.  I highly recommend their Food & Wine presentations called EAT, SIP, MINGLE AND LEARN and have found them to be sensuous and equally tasty and educational.  One particularly notable program brought in (painfully handsome) Franco Antias and Ramon Del Monte of  Vinaio Imports.  This Spanish group distributes directly to 8NB and has an amazing Spanish wine portfolio.  The evening included four of their spectacular wines.

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Starting our engines with oysters
Starting our engines with oysters
Franco pours
Franco pours

Executive Chef Constantine Kalandranis started the evening with crudo of spanish langoustine chorizo oil  and paired it with a rose pedro ximenez sherry.

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Basque potato croquettes followed flavored with asiago cheese, smoked paprika  and scallion.  This course was served with temperanillo.

Croquette heaven
Croquette heaven
OLIVE OIL POACHED BACALAO with yellow tomato gazpacho
OLIVE OIL POACHED BACALAO with yellow tomato gazpacho

 This Bacalao was intensely flavored yet light.  It was served with Boqueron, an albarino.

Bacalao
Bacalao
A thorough explanation of working with octopus by Chef Constantine
A thorough explanation of working with octopus by Chef Constantine

GRILLED SPANISH OCTOPUS gets heat from smoked paprika and is served with potato, soft egg and caper.  Grenache poured for this course.

 

Photo could never do justice to the octopus at 8 North Broadway
Photo could never do justice to the octopus at 8 North Broadway

Dessert consisted of warm chocolate and port custard with crushed marcona almond and cinnamon, served with port.  Decadent.

While all the wine served was very special, this was my favorite:

Pinord is a complex mix of red berries framed with a smoky Garnacha character, from Vinaio Imports
Pinord is a complex mix of red berries framed with a smoky Garnacha character, from Vinaio Imports

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8 North Broadway’s next Eat, Sip, Mingle, Learn event is October 15.  It will be an Octoberfest theme and feature Captain Lawrence from Elmsford, NY as special guest.  This event will focus on a beer inspired menu, as well as pairing all of Captain Lawrence’s special brews comprising four courses with beer pairing.  The food demo is $75 per person which includes tax (not gratuity).   It starts with a 6:00-7:00PM meet and greet with hors d’eouvres followed by the 7:00PM presentation.

Other autumn happenings include:

– Every Tuesday ½ priced bottles of wine and Wednesday is $1 oyster night at the copper bar.

– Sunday brunch with a $9 menu- every item on the regular menu condensed into smaller plates all for $9 each 11:00AM-4:00PM.  Sunday supper follows starting at 4:00PM.  Talk about a lovely way to stretch out a Sunday.

– Every evening at the copper bar, all menu items are $9.

 

At the helm:  Rich, GM, and Chef Constantine
At the helm: Rich, GM, and Chef Constantine
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