Patch contributor went to last week and reviewed a meal and the restaurant's ambiance through the eyes of a couple celebrating their 16th anniversary together.
The Ambiance: Jamesport Manor Inn is a stunning Victorian — a reconstruction of a 1750 shipbuilder’s home, located at 370 Manor Road in Jamesport. Original owners John and Rosalie Dinon enjoyed this house, filling it with great stories of love, scandal and tragedy. The house was destroyed in a fire in October 2005, but current owners Matt and Gail Kar and Frank and Ann McVeigh successfully opened their precisely resurrected Victorian in May of 2007, artfully filling it with charming and well-defined period and reproduction pieces. They invite artists to display their work and have created opportunities for special catered events in the upstairs dining room. The setting is bucolic and charming.
Chef: Matthew Mandleur
Sous-Chef: Thomas Cooper
Appetizers: Jumbo lump crabmeat and pear tomato salad, avocado lime purée, Peconic Bay oysters served with a lemon granite and cocktail sauce
Entrées: Goat cheese pan-roasted organic chicken, maple acorn squash, asparagus, red wine vinegar reduction, littleneck-clam-crusted monkfish filet, red bliss potatoes, pancetta, spring pea pure, lobster reduction
Dessert: Strawberry rhubarb almond crisp with vanilla bean gelato
The Diners: Jane and Brian Ruthkowski decided to celebrate their 16th anniversary together at Jamesport Manor Inn, the perfect venue for this event, and they were warmly greeted at 6:30 p.m. With the dining room empty, they decided to sit first at the bar, where the friendly bartender invited them to explore the upstairs art gallery.
By the time they were seated, the dining room began to fill. The service was caring but not overwhelming as they were welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne to toast the occasion. Warm, flavorful rolls with carefully presented butter was followed by appetizers.
“It was difficult to choose because there were so many wonderful choices,” Ms. Ruthkowski said.
The lump crabmeat was served on a bed of greens , there appeared to be no breadcrumbs and the portion was large enough for three. Mr. Ruthkowski said the oysters were the best he had ever had.
The chicken was beautifully displayed, crispy and served at the perfect temperature, as were the accompaniments. The fish preparation was unusual and prepared perfectly.
Dessert was also a difficult decision, but the couple chose to share a strawberry rhubarb almond crisp with vanilla bean gelato.
“The perfect end to a perfect meal," Ms. Ruthkowski said. "As our evening was about to end, I noticed that Brian was framed by the window of a view of horses grazing across the street — and that will stay with me as one remarkable evening."
Jamesport Manor Inn is located at 370 Manor Road in Jamesport. Call 631-722-0500 or go to jamesportmanorinn.com for more information.