I’m always hoping for a soulful dish to surprise me with a pop of brightness. At Roost in Sparkill, chef-owner Kevin Reilly never fails with either soulfulness or surprise. And his brillant balance of flavor, texture and pop works both ways. In his Blood Orange Braised Pork over Buttermilk Polenta, ceviche carrots play on the sweetness and mint brings contrast. In Spicy Lobster Spaghetti with Arugula and Gremolata, a nice jag of black pepper tampers the sweet lobster and brings out the best in the arugula.
It’s been a while since I’ve tasted his food; he left Cafe Barcel more than a year ago. I’m really happy he’s back.
The cocktail list might be the best in Rockland. Here is the Old Cuban:
All well-balanced and tasty.
Fantastic flavor, beautiful color.
Good crusty bread, beautiful serrano, salty cheese. Yum.
The surprise hit of the night. Crunch cauliflower, sweet raisins, briny capers. Crazy good.
Kelli said it was the best burger she’d ever had. It has a wonderful crispy crust and the inside was light and airy. So much flavor.
Beatuiful fish. Lovely sauce. Only one complaint. I didn’t need the asparagus. The fennel would have been plenty.
From the Pie Lady with an out-of-control crust.
Buñuelos — little doughnuts — with dipping sauces:
Sweet and fried. What’s better than that?
At Roost in Sparkill, a great meal all around. We’ll be back soon.
The 411 on Roost: At chef-owner Kevin Reilly’s new restaurant in the former Woody’s on Main, you’ll find a soulful menu with lusty flavors and lots of surprises, and one of the best cocktail lists in Rockland.