Being from Schenectady, I’m so excited when there is some great development in my city. I had heard great things about Daley’s but never personally experienced it, until now, and I’m counting down the days until I can eat at their new Downtown Schenectady location.
I was honored to be a guest at the Saratoga Polo Association Clubhouse to taste some of the upcoming menu from Daley’s on Yates. You know something is delicious when you get full but keep eating because of how delicious something is anyway.
The best way to start a night of delicious food and chatter is with cocktails, right? We had a chance to taste the Cucumber Refresher (organic cucumber vodka, muddled cucumber, splash of St. Germaine, topped with club soda) and my personal favorite, the Fuzzy Bulleit (Bulleit bourbon, fresh ginger, peach puree, topped with splash of Prosecco). Cucumber Refresher is the best summertime drink, hands down. I can picture myself on an island just drinking these one after another. The Fuzzy Bulleit was my favorite, I wish the ginger was stronger, but still my favorite.
For small plates, to start, we had an artisan cheese and charcuterie board, and surf & turf carpaccio and an edamame & radish crostini. Out of all of those, I really hope to see the crostini on the menu. It was a light starter but full of flavor.
Our first course was a black & blue salad (gorgonzola dolce, blackberries, arcadian greens, toasted hazelnuts, & organ poppy citronette) and eggplant four cheese (eggplant, mozzarella, smoked gruyere, pecorino romano, gorgonzola, pomodoro). My favorite part of the salad was the light citronette dressing, I wished there was more to cut the creaminess of the gorgonzola. As for the eggplant, I enjoyed just how breaded it was and the touch of spiciness in the sauce was a great surprise.
The second course consisted of 4 dishes, the first being a NY Strip Steak (CAB accompanied by selection of gorgonzola butter & signature sauces). The sauces were Bordelaise which I found to be light but not as flavorful, Hunter which was mushroom based and my favorite of the 4, Robert which had a great texture and weight with the steak, and last Financiere which was supposed to be with truffles but I didn’t really get that when I tasted it.
Then, we had Faroe Island Salmon (petitie tri-color potatoes, tomato & basil salad, brown butter edamame beans, and dill raita), Herb Crusted Organic Chicken Thighs (confit cherry tomatoes, bacon, castelvetrano jus with garlic mashed potatoes), and White Water Mussels + Crab Americana (fettucine, cognac lobster bisque, and terragon butter).
First, the salmon was amazing. I wouldn’t have minded a bit of lemon with it but still amazing. The chicken was great as well. I’m never usually excited about chicken dishes but it was cooked so perfectly, the meat just pretty much fell onto my fork. The mashed potatoes? Don’t get me started! I could eat those for every meal ever. Last, the mussels themselves were great but I was particularly fond of the cognac sauce with the fettucine.
Last but not least, we had dessert. Granted, I was incredibly full at this point but how do you not eat dessert? Three words, you have to order it, Molten Lava Cake. I have no words, I will order that every time I go. Second we had Lemon Blueberry Cake (citrus glaze with white chocolate buttercream). I enjoyed this as well but in comparison, nothing beats that lava cake. My mouth is watering thinking about it writing this.
As of October 6th, the sign has been put up on Daley’s on Yates. I’ll keep you updated as much as I can on when they’re opening. You know I’ll be there.