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Althouse 1848

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

 

History isn’t usually a reason I seek out an eatery. I’m looking for good food, friendly service, and convenient docking, and Althouse 1848 satisfies my criteria. There’s a warm feeling inside this two-level gastropub and when the weather’s warm, there’s also outdoor seating overlooking the water.

Althouse 1848

Though the inviting bar area has of the moment craft beers and state of the art televisions, and musical performers don’t tend to play selections from Stephen Foster or Giuseppe Verdi, the restaurant is housed in a building constructed 167 years ago when James K. Polk was president. How’s that for a topic of conversation at the table?

Your meal may start with French onion soup or the pan-seared jumbo lump crab cakes served with a roasted red pepper sauce. Buffalo chicken wings come with your choice of mild, hot, teriyaki, or BBQ sauce. Salads include a classic Caesar and an iceberg wedge with blue cheese, applewood bacon, tomato, and onion.

Burgers and sandwiches are on the menu day and night. The classic and 1848 burgers are both eight ounces — the classic has cheddar cheese and secret sauce and the restaurant’s namesake has onion straws, balsamic ketchup, and bacon. The grilled chicken sandwich with a balsamic glaze was enhanced by roasted red pepper butter and large flakes of shaved parmesan.

Befitting a waterside restaurant, a featured pasta was pesce di mare, brimming with mussels, calamari, and Littleneck clams in a white wine sauce tinged with basil or fra diavolo. Other entrées include hanger steak, ahi tuna steak, oven roasted chicken, and mustard glazed salmon. No matter what you choose, order a side of crispy steak fries and some asparagus — the kitchen treats them both with respect.

Althouse 1848 has  on its menu, including the ample Althouse Salad with goat cheese, pears, sweet and spicy walnuts, and craisins, and the grilled vegetable platter. That entrée fills a plate with mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, and asparagus in a tasty balsamic glaze (next time I’d ask for something to complement the abundant vegetables, like rice or pasta).

Yes, there’ll be a next time. Even though President Polk declined to seek reelection, I vote to visit Althouse 1848 again.

Althouse 1848

101 Althouse Avenue

East Rockaway

516-341-0020

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