Price: Moderate - Expensive
Food Quality: Mediocre, food preparation is short on creativity and the use of quality ingredients.
Service: Friendly, attentive
Ambiance/Decor: Cozy, rustic, romantic with a fireplace with soft piano music in the background.
Overall Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to 4 stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate
Recommended For: Diners who seek out a cozy, romantic dining experience with a fireplace, soft piano music, at a reasonable price.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer more complex food with a modern, chic ambiance.
Recommended dishes: When available, Grilled Veal Chop; Roast Rack of Lamb; Blackened Louisiana Catfish
Liquor: Full bar, extensive wine list, specialty cocktails.
The Ivy Inn is a local landmark restaurant converted from an old stagecoach inn.
The restaurant is extremely popular with couples seeking to enjoy a cozy romantic night out having dinner beside a fireplace with soft piano music in the background.
The building exterior is attractive, and Ivy covered, with the interior dining room being cozy and attractive with exposed brick walls, wood beams, two original fireplaces, soft lighting, and tables set with white linen, a vase with a fresh rose, and a candle. There is an attractive bar area for having a pre-dinner cocktail or meeting up with friends.
During the warmer months there is outdoor ding on the attractive patio.
The kitchen is run by Executive chef, Jack Zaorski. He comes with excellent credentials. He is a graduate of the New York Restaurant School in NYC and honed his cooking skills at the Sea Grill, The Grand Tier, and Sardi's Restaurant in NYC. He also served as executive chef at Amanda's Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ.
The menu offers a large variety on continental American dishes; However, the food preparation is short on creativity and the use of quality ingredients sourced form sustainable farm purveyors.
They also serve an excellent Sunday Brunch.
The restaurant is child friendly and offers a children's menu including a choice of milk or soda, and an Ice Cream Sundae.
The Ivy Inn can accommodate a variety of private parties.
The early bird dinner specials are an excellent value.
There is ample parking with space in the front, back, and on the street.
(updated: January 2021)
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