Terry B's reviewed
behind the bar are always on. And then there's the tree-shaded deck-a gloriously laid-back setting for Terry B's ambitious menu.
I showed up with friends after a miles-long hike through nearby Hudson Mills Metropark, and the host didn't bat an eye at our jeans and T-shirts as we headed for the outdoor seating. We celebrated under the swishing leaves by sipping a glass of crisp Gruet brut. One bonus for wine drinkers here is that when you order by the glass, the servers pour generously from the bottle at the table, allowing guests to taste the wine before they fill the glass.
Terry B's rolled out a new summer menu on June 3, and I sampled almost the whole list of appetizers over several visits. It helped that, at the bar or on the deck, some starters are half price during happy hour, 4 until 7 p.m. A few of these small plates, shared among several of us, were substantial enough for us to forgo a main course.
We liked the pretty tempura-sushi roll of velvety tuna and flaked crab wrapped in rice and nori, neatly sliced and stacked (chef Doug Hewitt Jr. is really into stacking stuff) and arranged just so on the plate with wasabi and ginger (he's really into arranging, too). A tempura-battered and deep-fried soft-shell crab appetizer special was startlingly good, crispy outside with that rich, sweet crabmeat flavor inside. Soft-shell crab is not in season long, so if it's featured the day you stop in, order it.