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Well, they've kept the great marinated steak and done an overhaul on the menu that is one of the finest pub-food restaurants I've seen in a long while.
We started out at the bar for cocktails. Hendricks gin martinis straight up with 3 olives. Gia's dry, mine not so much. I like to taste a little vermouth in my martini. They were both excellent. I can't stress enough how important it is to have tasty olives (or onions or whatever) in the martini. A bad batch of olives can ruin an otherwise hard to screw up cocktail. I tend to judge a joint on how well they make a martini. Old Fields passed with flying colors.
Then we moved to a booth in the bar room near the fireplace. Very rustic and cozy. We each started out with a salad. A cucumber and tomato salad made with fresh lemon and extra virgin olive oil for Gia, and a nice Caesar salad for me. I tend to judge a joint on how well they make a Caesar salad. Old Fields passed with flying colors.
For entrees, Gia went with the marinated strip steak served with creamed spinach and a twice-baked potato. I went with one of the specials for the evening. A Guinness stew with big chunks of pot roast and root vegetables, served with crusty bread. It was really, really good. I tend to judge...aw, you know the drill.
We topped it off with some strawberry shortcake for dessert. I'm not a fan, but I tasted it and it was fresh as all hell. Very nicely done.
One of the things I'm dying to try on the menu the next time I go back is a big burger served between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Oh yeah! That, my friends, is comfort food.
I guess my point is, sometimes you can be more than pleasantly surprised by trying a local joint that you had previously overlooked. I doubt any of you will get to Greenlawn, NY anytime soon. But if you do, Old Fields is a great options for an excellent meal.