Dining at the Crossroads

| July 14, 2013

four corners country innOn a recent getaway to Upstate New York, we stumbled upon an exciting new find. Located in Mount Tremper, New York, Four Corners Country Inn delivered a truly memorable experience.

In the same family since 1978, it was recently taken over by France-born Sibyle Nagele and her husband Frank. Staying true to its original French roots and influence, this little gem is 15 minutes from Woodstock and will deliver a European country charm that is truly refreshing.

French restaurants in this part of the state are few and far between, but one thing is for certain, this one shines. Chef David Lydick is firmly at the helm and delivers a truly world-class experience.

We started off our meal with a Cucumber Martini (Hendrick’s gin, fresh pressed cucumber juice, simple syrup and dry vermouth). This paired four corners tunawith the Tuna Tartare (spicy basil tuna tartare on cucumber wedges with grilled corn and vegetable relish, fresh guacamole) was a perfect complement to the steamy summer evening and set our appetites on high alert.

Next up was the Smoked Trout Panini (smoked trout, fried capers, red onion, grape tomatoes, organic red leaf lettuce). Paired with a Loire Valley Sancerre, this set the bar rather high and marked a true starting point for what would prove to be an impeccable culinary journey.

Moving on we were delighted by a trio of risottos (summer squash with gorgonzola and lemon rind, garlic scape and pancetta). The summer squash and garlic scape risottos were both delicious, but it was the pancetta that truly stole my heart. This would be welcome on my plate any time—a true star!

To refresh our palate we were presented with Watermelon Carpaccio dressed with a bit of French sea salt. Simple—exquisite.

It was entrée time and what was delivered was certainly the pièce de résistance. The Pork Chop Forestière (pan seared bone-in pork chop deglazed with cognac, sautéed with shitake and chanterelle mushrooms and finished with a hint of cream, garlic mashed) was unequivocally the best pork chop that I have ever had the pleasure of eating. Locally sourced and served atop their made-to-order mashed potatoes, this left me breathless.

four corners dessertIn preparation for dessert we enjoyed the Chocolate Raspberry Martini (white chocolate Godiva, kahlua, espresso and raspberry liqueur). Set alongside Profiteroles au Chocolat (puff pastries filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with chocolate sauce) and Creamy Cheesecake served with homemade sea salt caramel sauce was more than we could take and the white napkin of surrender was waved.

The restaurant at Four Corners Country Inn is certainly doing it right and it comes very highly recommended. If you are anywhere in the area, go out of your way—you will not be disappointed.

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