This week I had a night out in the Neighborhood of the Arts. For those of you who don’t know, the “NOTA” is what Rochester has dubbed the stretch of University Ave between Alexander and Culver Street (and now stretching even further). On it you will find the Memorial Art Gallery, the Eastman House (back entrance), Craft Company No.6 (an american craft gallery that has been at its location for over 30 years) and various antique shops. On top of that a handful of great coffee shops like Starry Nights Cafe, Joe Bean Coffee and great restaurants like Chocolate & Vines, Edibles and now The Revely.
For my night out I went to an old favorite, Edibles, for a Happy Hour drink with a girlfriend. Edibles has a great Thursday Night Happy Hour special of $5 cocktails and half price appetizers from 5pm until 10pm. I love happy hour specials that last all night; that way I don’t feel rushed trying to get in one last drink before the special ends at 6 or 7. Now although we didn’t go to eat, their food is wonderful. It can be a little on the pricey side if you are looking to go for dinner and do the whole, appetizer, salad, entree, dessert route. My new favorite way to do Edibles is to grab a spot at the bar or the cozy seats in the bar area with a couple friends and get a few dishes to share. That way you get a little taste of everything without breaking the bank. A tip: Get there early (around 5pm) if you want a seat at the bar because it’s not big and it fills up fast.
Next we headed down the street to the new restaurant that just opened up, The Revelry. The Revelry serves “honest American cuisine that honors the low-country of the South” and their beverage list reflects their passion for “artisan, high quality spirits, wine and beer.”
The ambiance is charming and wonderful. The first floor has a large bar area and a great glass floor feature which looks over their wine cellar. I did feel lucky that the cellar was unoccupied when I went due to the fact that I was wearing a skirt and would likely have given anyone below a show. For dinner we sat in the upstairs dining area. Overall I was impressed with their drinks list; I started with a “Ryan and the Beaster Bunny”, a Farmhouse Ale brewed by Evil Twin Brewing, then had a “Silent Hero” which was made with Green Chartreuse and Grapefruit (delicious). For starters our table split the Oysters on the Half Shell and the Beet Deviled Eggs. I have mixed review on the oysters, the spicy peach chutney, while delicious, just masked the flavor of the oyster for me. Perhaps this would be nice for a first time oyster trier who just wants a sweet, more “comfortable” flavor. For me however I prefer to taste a little of the oyster. The second sauce they served, a vanilla green tomato mignonette, did everything I wanted it to. It had just the right amount of vinegar flavor that brought out all the greatness of the oyster. As for the Deviled Eggs, Bravo!, these are bound to be a staple of the restaurant, I won’t even describe them, you’ll have to see for yourself. As for the entrees, they ranged from $20 to $30 a plate and as our table tried the beef, scallops, fish and duck I am confident that you can’t go wrong with whichever you choose. After dinner we split dessert, here is where I find nice restaurants often fall short, but the Revelry had a nice assortment of desserts including a few delicious tarts that were enough for two to share.
All in all The Revelry was a great experience. We spent about $50 to $60 per person before tip which got me 2 drinks, 2 appetizers (shared between 4), 1 entree and 1 dessert (shared between 2). The service and atmosphere was delightful and it was great to be able to head down to the bar after dinner for those who don’t want the night to end.