Tuthill House Has Really Got The Beef
By Carol O'Biso
From Issue 14: Spring 2012
Steak. Let me repeat … great big …juicy …tender …succulent … flavorful. I’m running out of words here, but you get it … STEAK. And when you tell them medium rare, it’s medium rare on the inside and beautifully charred on the outside.
Tuthill House at the Mill’s website says they offer “homemade, American cuisine featuring prime steaks, grass-fed beef, seafood and pasta in an historic 1788 Grist Mill.” They are really not kidding about the prime steaks. There is the prime porterhouse (28 ounces, marbled to perfection for optimal flavor), the rib-eye (20 ounces, well-marbled Certified Angus) or the New York strip (14 ounces of well-marbled Certified Angus). A T-bone sometimes makes an appearance on their specials menu, too.
The picture above is the 14-ounce New York strip. (It was lunch and there were witnesses, so I didn’t order the 28 ounce porterhouse). Steaks are not cheap at Tuthill House (market price for the porterhouse; $32 for the rib-eye and $26 for the strip) but meat this good just isn’t cheap. Besides, I could have gone to a place that’s a little rougher around the edges for a steak of inferior quality that would have been $22, without the charming historic dining room, view of the river and elegant service. I think, I’ll go the extra $4 and get the best. I have also shared the porterhouse, which they will carve off the bone for you and slice up so you don’t have to arm-wrestle it at the table (it comes out beautifully presented with the thick slices fanned out on the plate.)
All Tuthill’s steaks are served with the vegetable of the day and a salad or potatoes, and none of this is treated like an afterthought. The potatoes in the picture are firm, waxy little fingerlings (boy were they good) and the salad was a perfectly prepared medley of greens, which are sourced locally in season.
All in all, it was one terrific meal, so steak-lovers, get over there and get yourself a STEAK! 20 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner, New York (845-255-4151 or www.tuthillhouse.com).