Game of Brunches: Equus at Castle Hotel and Spa in Tarrytown, NY


IMG_5636How often do you earnestly get to feel like the king of your castle?  Well, maybe sometimes late night at Burger King but let’s not give paper crowns all the power.


Equus at Castle Hotel and Spa
400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY  10591


The prefix brunch menu

I found a straight up majestic castle to take my mother to for her birthday brunch. My family loves a good historic hotel, and this delicious fortress is not only a restaurant but also a hotel and spa. Dating back to before the turn of the 20th century the property was purchased by newspaperman, playwright, and businessman General Howard Carroll. Constructed to resemble fortifications in Wales, Scotland, and Ireland the finished product had a massive 45 rooms. If you are interested in knowing more historical tidbits, visit the webpage here. I’ve also included a photo of the menu above which capitalizes on complimentary choices.


Artichoke bread.


Dips for bread.

IMG_5615I’m entirely smitten with their pre-meal bread offerings. I’ve often said that if I had a last meal, I would be a major biatch of a foodie and request perfectly baked warm bread with butter, and these Mediterranean style offerings were a delight. Served alongside three kinds of butter including one with pistachio and delicious hummus with olives they had me at “would you like a roll”. Indeed sir, indeed I would.

The prefix brunch includes an appetizer, main course, and dessert for $58; and you even get a complimentary glass of champagne. So, the price is worth it. Opting for the ricotta and beet ravioli to start I was blown away. Honestly, my favorite part of the meal were these bite size vegetarian ravioli that were not only breathtakingly plated but one of the most satisfying bites I’ve had in a long while. Sweet and savory, drenched in a light buttery sauce; hats off to the chef.


To die for: goat cheese and beet ravioli


Crab Benedict

The crab Benedict was my main choice. Crisp and well made with a cardinal hollandaise and served alongside a local green salad. It was tasty. However, I couldn’t help but be envious of the beautifully prepared duck served with butternut squash and honey nut glaze, on top of grits, that nested on my mother and aunt’s plates. Luckily, I had the opportunity to try a piece, and it was lovely.


Duck with butternut squash and honey nut glaze

On to the perfect conclusion. I went with the “New Year’s Resolution” for my final act. As seen above, a colorful explosion-mandarin creme aux, lemon shortbread, cranberry gel, mandarin jelly, and a light cranberry sorbet it was a sweet surprise.

The "New Year's Resolution". Fitting name.

The “New Year’s Resolution”. Fitting name.

Citrus Bliss

Citrus Bliss

If given the choice I would have gone with what was behind door number two or as it’s aptly titled on the menu: “Citrus Bliss”. A sliver of cheesecake with candied kumquat, lemon curd, and white chocolate chantilly.


It is the east….and Megan is the, well, girl standing in the slightly shady area that is receiving no sun.  There is something so wonderfully magical about romping around the grounds of a faux castle on a Saturday afternoon. I took the opportunity to Little Mermaid thrust my torso over the stones of this castle wall in a post-meal saunter.

If you are looking for an upscale brunch and a magical jaunt into another time, spend the afternoon at Equus restaurant.  It’s beautiful, charming decor and pleasant wait staff won’t make you regret it.  You may even be tempted to recite some Shakespeare.


Equus Restaurant Castle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Born in Virginia and raised on the mean streets of Garden City, Long Island, I’ve learned to appreciate any type of cuisine from a late night burrito and tatcho’s to a tasting menu and wine pairing. I’m a bit of an adventurer when it comes to food and am always up for an eating challenge where I can find one. I may or may not have eaten sixteen chili tacos to become “The Taco Queen” of a small hole in the wall Mexican eatery. I also couldn’t help myself from ordering whale in Oslo (please don’t tell Green Peace) and can’t resist a zany menu choice. A writer and performer, I like to pair my meals with a good play and you can find my reviews on New York Theatre Guide. Baking is a guilty pleasure and I’m constantly preparing confectionaries with surprises inside. I hope one day to compile all my recipes into one called “Get Stuffed”.I’m looking forward to the next culinary adventure I carve out and sharing them with you. I may just need to create an entire series devoted to “did they really just make this Asian/Mexican/Korean/Italian fusion a food truck?”. Cheers!