While there are many 2011
While there are many 2011 and 2012 reviews out there decrying the service and the "unevenness" of the food, our experience was the complete opposite. The four of us experienced perfect service, spectacular food, a great wine list and an incredible view. While the pricing on Zagat feels a little low, this was a great special event place we would highly recommend. Expect to spend about $100 - $125 per person with a drink and three courses.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The entire eating experience at the restaurant Equus from the time you drive up to the Castle until you leave is memorable.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the spring sampler menu 95$ with crab salad bass and rib eye.
The portions for the crab salad and bass were very small the steak portion was small to medium sized. The dessert was not that great.
Quality was 4/5 for food
My wife had salmon 5/5 she really loved it.
The service was fantastic! 5/5
Pricing for dinner is expensive for two 190 with tip.
The best deal here is i you can wake up early and catch breakfast. 2 people should run $28-35 plus tip
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was outstanding at Eqqus, from the service to the food to the wine. Our server was from Scotland. He was attentive and interesting to talk to. We had a lovely Cabernet which opened up nicely. The lobster with tarragon, oranges, and hearts of palm was a great combination of flavors. The salmon with fennel was cooked perfectly. My husband enjoyed his pasta with mushrooms and he is not the biggest pasta fan. He was glad he ordered it. His steak was cooked as requested. Afterward, we went to the deck for a drink and watched the NY fireworks. Lovely evening!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
While there were some outstanding
While there were some outstanding dishes (cavatelli and black sea bass), the salmon was nothing special. The service was warm and gracious, albeit overattentive and rushed. The bar ran out of the higher end gin on a holiday weekend. It is pricey, so that these shortcomings stand out notwithstanding the outstanding aspects of the meal.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful ,Beautiful, Very Special
We wanted a special place for lunch for our anniversary and we were DELIGHTED with Equus. We loved the ambiance, the food the service et al.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect venue for celebrating
A perfect venue for celebrating a milestone birthday. The entire experience was memorable.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent experience
Equus is quite the fine dining experience. The food, service, and atmosphere are perfect. I will say, as a NYC resident, I'm a little more used to even fine dining being a little less stuffy. One party member of ours was traveling and didn't have a jacket. There was a definite sense from the staff and fellow dinners of "oh my." It was a hot summer Friday night with hardly anyone in the restaurant, in those occasions I think the attitude could be lowered a bit. It wasn't like he was in shorts and a hat. Maybe I'm just used to a younger, more active restaurant scene at this point. It doesn't diminish my opinion of the place, however. They really do have an amazingly accessible wine list, as well.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Equus is not a restaurant for every day dining. It is definitely a special occasion restaurant. We opted for the chef's tasting menu (a tad pricy at 125) per person. However, the excitement presented with this menu made it well worth the price. The portions were on the small size but after the meal was complete, you walked away feeling very sated.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful restaurant and Inn
Dined here recently for a special ocassion and it was wonderful. The food the ambiance, the staff so professional.
The evening we went the bartender was no where to be found at first but we had assistance quickly. We would have liked a window seat although no matter where you sit the decor is just breathtaking. We had drinks out side and walked the grounds.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined here twice -
We have dined here twice - once for dinner and once for lunch. The hotel and restaurant were purchased by a Japanese company in 2012, the entire complex was closed to about a year, beautifully renovated and reopened earlier in 2013. A $7 million spa is under construction. Reviews prior to 2013 are irrelevant because it was a different owner and a different chef. The new restaurant is beautiful, food is the BEST in Westchester -- really great and creative and service is excellent. A must for any occassion We especially liked the marrow bone - cut length-wise. definately will be returning.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is / was a true gem however
This is / was a true gem however the food was not to par with my past experiences for the money. It has a great ambiance and service but the kitchen needs to refine its taste. They have many nice traditional dishes which were however over salted or over spiced. This should be achievable but the kitchen needs to know that.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
After being a go to place for our Wedding Anniversary... Equus got tired, old, and stale. We always gave it a pass because of our history.. so we were beyond excited to see new life at Equus. The decor change is lovely and fresh, the new menu was varied, and the presentation and tastes of the entire dinner was delightful and so worth waiting for. We are happy to have another "go-to" place again !!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
absolutely enjoyable---immediate seating, great view, really nice menue, good wine list that is accessable, perfect service, excellant food at all levels, wounderful deserts. Definetly a go to place.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly Great Place
I took a very special woman here for a date, and the place was awesome. The food was excellent and the ambience was spectacular. They really go out of their way to make everything special. Love this place!!!!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
gorgeous elegant setting. We had a very wonderful time.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best French food around NYC
It was our third anniversary. This place is so romantic. Service is outstanding. Also special thanks to the chef for complimentary dessert. Food was to die for. Little on the higher side of price scale but completely worth it.
Be there before time so you can see the castle and walk in the garden before settling down for the dinner.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
5 star experience, waiters and food were great. Perfect for any romantic occasion.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an addition. When many are preferring to eat at home, this is the reason to go out and have someone cook for you. The is clearly a Chef driven restaurant that outshines any other in the area and competes with the best of the best in NYC.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine dining, Exquisite setting.
The setting perfect, the service impeccable, the food exquisite. I had the eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce. What a luscious experience. The egg perfectly poached, short ribs slow roasted for over 8 hours, homemade english muffin. Perfect. My husband had the lemon ricotta pancakes. They were light and fluffy, and very tasty. Even the fresh fruit was the freshest I have ever tasted.
We cannot wait to experience this restaurant again. Maybe we will go for an anniversary. The elegance lends itself to a special occasion.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
You and your guests will be awed by the structure, grounds, and food. Very special ambience and history. Superb food and wine.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Equus is a very high end restaurant with excellent service, beautiful surroundings and extremely well prepared foods. A very special place that caters to those who are not too concerned with price. I would definitely return but at $200+ for dinner for two (all in) it would be for a very special occasion. My only reservation about the place is that portions are very small. We wound up asking for additional portions of bread at meal end, otherwise can't go wrong.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our hideaway place
This is our hideaway place for special occasions. We especially like Eddie (the heavy one from Argentina) He is a credit to your staff !
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great escape from bustling NYC
Came here for lunch on the weekend with my parents. It was a lovely fall day so we could sit outside and enjoy the view overlooking the garden.
We got the three course set lunch menu, all dishes were delicious, Japanese-inspired French. Service could have been better; a lot of glassware was placed on the table loudly, and we had to ask for coffee with dessert twice. But in all a nice relaxing lunch experience, a good break from the rushed life of the city.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Equus @ Castle on the Hudson
Overall a great experience. The wait service was just a little too much at times and made us feel sort of rushed, but certainly not worthy of complaint. I will revisit this place.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
couldn't have been better
Perfect, relaxing, delicious lunch in beautiful surroundings
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would love to go back for lunch sometime
Dinner was great
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have enjoyed the Equus Restaurant
I have enjoyed the Equus Restaurant at the Castle Hotel and Spa on a number of occasions and I have always been satisfied with both the food as well as the service.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful time at the Castle
We really enjoyed our dinner at the Equus restaurant. The food was fantastic, the bar tender was awesome (he took our direction on creating 2 special drinks and they were amazing), the atmosphere very nice, albeit in need of an update.
We got the prix fix and each course was truly delicious. This chef is very talented. Our only complaint was the wine pairings. Basicially they read off the label and poured. No information or reason for the pairing. I don't blame the waiters as all of them (they rotated through the course of the meal) were very helpful and friendly but they clearly recieve no traininng on wine.
So Overall great experience that could (and should considering the unbelievable venue) be even better!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I reserved
My husband and I reserved a Sunday Brunch to celebrate my father's birthday, and he absolutely loved it!!! So much that he changed his lunch plans with family guests to do it here rather than at our favorite neighborhood restaurant!
We have been talking about what we want to order at our next visit ever since. I definitely am going to re-order the celery root soup (absolutely exquisite!) for appetizer and the Apple Financier (delicious!!) for dessert.
I must also note for other mommies that it was quite kid-friendly. I went with my 11mo daughter and she sat happily thru out the meal. But I wouldn't take my restless 3yo nephew. The setting is too fancy for kids who wouldn't be able to sit still.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was innovative and delicious. The customer service was first rate. The attendants work as a team to please you.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a 3-course prix fixe lunch there. The food was very good, but what stood out was the ambiance. It was an elegant room, with a beautiful view of trees and plenty of sunlight. Overall a great experience.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Check you bill before leaving
Restaurant dining room was comfortable. You really feel like you are in a castle. Noise level was moderate. My wife and I went here for our first anniversay. I had the fluke, and my wife ordered the steak. Both dishes were very good. The service was also good. When the bill arrived, I noticed that the restaurant added an extra item to the bill which I did not order. I cannot stand when places do that. So check the bill before handing over your credit card. That aside it was a very nice dinner. Both my wife and I plan to return.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my significant other to the castle for his 50th birthday. The service and food was outstanding!!!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a beauty
This is the most impressive looking restaurant I've
Ever seen , inside an actual castle. Quiet, beautiful grounds
And excellent staff. Great food
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The scenery was beautiful, the food delicious and the service very efficient. Highly recommend
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
My sister and I were celebrating
My sister and I were celebrating our 10th anniversary of when she donated her kidney to me. No kidding. I picked this place to celebrate a huge accomplishment for us both. We were very pleased with food, service and ambiance.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well worth the money
Went on Sunday night, surprisingly quiet. Definitely a special occasion restaurant. Choice of a 5 course prix fixe for $95 or a la carte. Opted for a la carte as 5 courses is a bit too much for us but others around us had the prix fixe and the portions seemed reasonable. Food presented well & on par with a restaurant of that caliber. Celery root soup was lush and flavorful. Hubby enjoyed the beef duo, short ribs and roated sirloin. The only shortcoming was that at times the service was a bit slow and not as professional as I would expect. Wine glasses were empty a bit too often and it seemed like there were a few junior servers who leaned across my plate to deliver bread etc. Seemed as if prix fixe orders may have gotten more senior server.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the best dinners..
Went there with my husband as a gift from his Grandpa - food was incredible, wait staff was 5 star, absolutely everything about the experience was excellent.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great environment, spacious, and quiet. The service was gracious, friendly, and always available. I don't know why the Zagat and other reviews suggest the food is just ok. To me, and I frequent top restaurants, Equus was right up there.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday celebration filled with fabulous food, wine, and service!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great ambience, very impressive
Equus is a fantastic dining spot to take your spouse/love one for a romantic evening. The service is wonderful and very attentive. The ambience of the place is quiet and nostalgic, making the dining experience a pleasant one. The food was exquisite. We had the venison and fluke. Well prepared and flavorful. Earlier in the day, I popped the question to my long-time girlfrend (she said, yes!) and this was the conclusion to our full day. Well worth it.
Note: Make reservations at least 2-3 weeks in advance!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Special Ambiance
For something special in the way of ambiance, Equus can't be beat. The old time aristocratic feel of the 'castle' mansion is genuine and both beautiful and impressive. Food is excellent (had the seasonal fixed price menu). Only drawback - portions VERY small - too small considering price. Wish they would take note and change that !
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed a romantic night out with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. Equus had perfect the combination of ambience and attention. The staff was incredibly attentive to our needs and made several wonderful recommendations. The roaring fire and other special touches made the evening memorable. The presentation of each plate was original and unique. Absolutely loved the scallops, bass and beef duo! Very pricy but worth the experience.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every time is special
I have eaten at Equus many times. Every time is amazing. We started with a spicy shrimp tasting from the chef. The 5 course tasting menu included scallop, lobster, and wagyu beef done two ways. We shared the desserts and couldn't decided which one was best - but I suppose the chocolate wins out by a nose because it is chocolate! Equus has a capable wine list, and we went with the Caymus Special Select Cabernet Sauvignon. Just fantastic. The building feels historic and special as does the petite bar where we started the evening with a drink. If you've never been - you MUST GO! It can be expensive, but every time you go, it will become a special occasion. Enjoy!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gorgeous setting; food is good
This is a place to go to for the view of the Hudson River-- it is just spectacular.Menu is great but actual food did not live up to the 'high-end' ness of the place, nor the price. Main dish meat was cooked perfectly (e.g., nice and pink on the inside) but served barely tepid in temperature, so not satisfying. Dessert was by far the outstanding course.
Wine pairing was odd to say the least-- had this many times before at other places and this is the first time that none of the pairings made much sense at all. And the vintages used were not that great, either.I had a special request which they handled spectacularly-- the senior service staff are wonderful and helped to make the occasion special despite the less than outstanding food.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brunch with the ladies
The food, service and ambiance outstanding. Recommend for all occasions. Gorgeous views, friendly service and the best food. Loved it.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get Thee to the Castle!
Beautiful setting...high in the clouds...with lovely, tasteful furnishings fit for a royal couple ---of any age. Food was delicious, fresh and presented with panache. Wait staff was cordial, friendly and very helpful with food and wine choices. Can't wait to bring our daughter, who lives in Seattle, this summer to see what all the bragging was about. Kudos!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my mother and grandmother
I took my mother and grandmother here for Mother's Day for dinner and they fell in love. It was a great way to make that special person in your life feel like royalty. What is better than fine dining in a castle? The food was amazing, perfect blend of flavors and the portions sizes were perfect. We received remarkable service while there and every person was very friendly. The ambience is wonderful with beautiful garden views and views of the hudson river. It was truly a night to remember. .
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The newly renovated restaurant
The newly renovated restaurant has improved in all areas. The new chef has done a great job with the food and the service has gotten much better as well. The decor has gotten a fresh look and the scenic view is spectacular. The prix-fixe is a good deal considering the quality of food. Definitely will go back again.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM