Classic and classy American fare at the Antlers

February 18, 2014

We're on the east side of town this week visiting The Antlers Restaurant. Known for their weekly prime rib and lobster nights, the Antlers is good any night of the week, suitable for a casual meal out or a special occasion. The unassuming building on Route 366, in between Cornell's vet school and the old NYSEG building on Route 13, looks like it could be a big house at first glance, but the big, metal moose out front (or is it an elk?) is the first hint that something's going on here.

Lobster bisque at the Antlers.Lobster bisque at the Antlers.The lobster bisque is famous at the Antlers, and with good reason. It's a rich and creamy classic, served beautifully with a rippled design, and one of many seafood-focused dishes here. The crabcake wasn't bad, but wasn't spicy enough for my taste. Instead I'll stick to the smoked trout appetizer, served with crackers and horseradish sauce.

Prime rib night is Wednesday, and for just $14.95 this slab of beautifully cooked, tender steak, served with garlic mashed potatoes and sweet carrots or other vegetable of the day, is a surprising bargain. Don't be surprised if your prime rib is actually rare when you order it rare; my only beef with the prime rib (pun intended) is that I love a nice crust on the outside even if it's rare on the inside. And I'm a big fan of the roast duckling, served mostly deboned with a cherry glaze over a delicious stuffing, plus mashed potatoes and carrots again.

Roast duckling.Roast duckling.You won't leave hungry... but if you still have room, the English-style toffee pudding makes a fabulous dessert. A small range of vegetarian options include a delicious Tuscan cream sauce over pasta or the Santa Barbara entree salad. Plan on spending 15 to 30 bucks on your dinner.

With its rich green and dark wood interior, accented with polished brass rails, the Antlers offers a comfortable and attractive atmosphere reminiscent of a good English countryside inn, but with classical American cooking. Find the Antlers at 1159 Dryden Road, on Route 366 between Cornell and Route 13, or at antlersrestaurant.com. Call them at 607-273-9725 and tell them you heard about them here.

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