A Lovely Evening At Water Street Landing

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The weather today was just like our wedding day, 32 years ago…it rained all day long in spite of my mother hanging rosary beads on the bushes outside the house. You cannot stop the rain…my mother still is not over it!

We decided to celebrate close to home at Water Street Landing in Lewiston, NY. I’d say the view was fantastic (if it were daylight or not raining I would be correct) but the lack of daylight and clouds reduced the opportunity.

But, if you are there just for the view then you have not taken the time to look at the menu. There are always specials and I usually like to try those because you are sure to get the freshest catch but I was uncertain about lobster with maple. Maybe it’s just me…

We started with our favorite cocktails served to our satisfaction. Mine was a lemon drop, the perfect combination of sweet and, well, sweet. It was filled so high I had to sip it on the table in the best ladylike sip I could muster.

We ordered calamari with our drinks. They were lightly fried with a Vietnamese chili aioli. I like the aioli but did not find it particularly spicy.

We shared a bowl of lobster bisque, sliding it between us. I really enjoy this soup and try to order it each visit. It did not disappoint.

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My entree was the Lobster Pasta. I loved the bite of sun dried tomatoes. The tomato sherry cream sauce was smooth and mild. The fettuccine was cooked al dente, just the way I like it. There was a perfectly cooked Australian Lobster Tail, split, in the shell on top of the perfect pasta. The Langostinos were chopped and generously mixed through out the dish. I brought home more than I could eat and enjoyed each bite.

We drank a nice Australian Malbec but don’t remember the vintner. I appreciate a restaurant who understands that wine tastes different depending on the glass. Our server also did not over fill the glass, allowing us to enjoy the wine completely.

It was very cute to see the staff decked out in Halloween finery. Our server was a devil but sweet as heck!

She offered dessert and after listening to the offerings decided on a Creamsicle cheesecake. It was served on a large white plate with a fruity sauce scribbled on the plate. The sauce was tart and the cheesecake brought back memories of the ice cream truck and the creamsicles that made me forget the guy didn’t have chocolate!

I think what makes me the happiest is that we have so many wonderful places to eat just a few miles from home. Water Street Landing was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.

Have a yummy day!

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Perfect night on the patio

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(Photo courtesy of Water Street Landing)
The Foodie:

OK, it’s warm. I get it.
When it’s cold, you put on a sweater, but when it’s hot, unless you’re less than three feet tall and wear a diaper, you cannot walk around in your undies.

Last night, I celebrated Wednesday with some wonderful friends on the patio at Water Street Landing in the Village of Lewiston. This location is shear perfection on a summer evening and the sun shining off of the Niagara River was a lovely distraction.

The bar was not very busy, but a crowd is always expected after the free Artpark concerts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the summer.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Water Street veteran Vinny Bevilaqua and relative rookie to Lewiston Mike Ciulkowski. They told me that a typical Artpark evening is steady before and “slammed” after. They see a cross section of patrons from the “still needing to show ID” crowd to the AARP partiers.

Mike likes a busy bar and finds the challenge of keeping everyone happy the best part of his job. Vinny says that everything is better with a view and I cannot argue the point.

Vinny mixed a very nice Sea Breeze (Vodka, Grapefruit and Cranberry) and at $3 a drink you can afford a designated driver. The Madras (Vodka, Orange and Cranberry) is also a perfect patio drink.

I had a big bowl of steamed clams and soaked in the view. As I watched the guys interact with the crowd I asked about tips. I’ve always been curious if there’s a typical profile of a good tipper.

Mike says they are usually the ones you would not expect. If someone comes in with a flash and tells them they are going to take care of them, beware. They are usually the most demanding and least generous. Mike lets it slide off his back.

Vinny, a graduate of Niagara University with a degree in political science and business, has a lot of regulars. He says the best thing about his job is the ability to network.

He’s so good at it that he’s leaving Water Street to manage Legends Bar and Grill on First Street in the Falls.

The Foodie, tipping her Sea Breeze (and her server), wishes him the best of luck.