Goosefeather is Good

Goosefeather is a brand new, happening spot in Tarrytown, tucked far away from the rest of the retail in town, at The King Mansion in the Tarrytown House Estate. The fact that the restaurant is so hidden but already rather packed can only mean one thing - a TV famous, NYC famous chef is at the helm.

The spot has been open less than a month and the food and atmosphere is already many notches above the pack. I’ll tell you more below, but first, stop reading, book a sitter and make a reservation. 

I’m Obsessed with the NYC Dining Scene and Having Chef Talde In the Burbs is a Big Deal

I watched Top Chef religiously back when Dale Talde competed in Season 4. I’ve dined in and really enjoyed his prior NYC hot spots like Talde, Massoni, etc. So I was HELLA excited when I heard the news that Chef Talde was bringing his skills to the burbs. He is a real deal chef with real pedigree. And also, huzzah, this spot he opened isn’t another Italian or New American joint!

Goosefeather is a Cantonese restaurant. Per its website, the restaurant is “paying tribute to the cuisines of Hong Kong, with a focus on noodles, Cantonese barbecue and dumplings.” Those are delicious things and, from my two visits, I can confirm that the Goosefeather versions are in fact delicious.

Like most Chinese restaurants, the focus here is on sharing plates among the folks in your group. I suggest using that website quote above as an ordering  guide - order some dumplings, some noodle or rice dishes and something barbecue. I’m not sure you can go too wrong with anything you order at Goosefeather, but I’d say the Char Siu Berkshire Pork with Spicy Mustard is a “must get” and I could easily consume the Dry-Aged Beef Potstickers and the Pork & Black Truffle Wontons every day of my life.

In the Noodles and Rice section, we really likef the Supreme Rice, Land x Air x Sea Collaboration, as well as the Wild Mushroom, Slippery Noodle, Mushroom XO, Bean Sprout, Shaved Hazelnut and Egg. It was just all really good, really satisfying food made with really good ingredients.  Grab some friends and go and order a ton of food. The menu will likely change here and there with seasonality. Apologies my food pics kinda stink - we were too busy eating, boozing and chatting to concentrate.

The Vibe Is Good and Should Be Even Better With Time

Tarrytown House Estate very recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, including, putting the stunning Goosefeather restaurant inside The King Mansion on site. The larger property and the restaurant turned out really nice. I love the way the contemporary decor mixes seamlessly with the classic remnants of the space. Because Goosefeather sits inside a restored Georgia-styled mansion, it consists of four separate smaller dining rooms plus a bar room and indoor and outdoor lounge areas.

On our visit last weekend, the restaurant was buzzing and crowded, which, when coupled with the hip decor, gave me the feeling that I was actually getting a real adult night out - not always the case in suburban dining. 

The bar space at Goosefeather is as pretty as the dining areas (hello, Joan Miro inspired ceilings!), so I suggest arriving an hour or so before your reservation to try a few cocktails in that room before you are seated in the dining area. 

I enjoyed my High Mesas - mezcal, raspberry, mint, lemon and Creme de Cacao. And my It Was All A Dream - Agricole Rhum, lime and cinnamon - was great until I spilled it all over myself. Major shout out to the Goosefeather waitress who saw it all go down and got me a substitute drink for free! My husband and our friend had craft beer off their decently sized can list. 

Service-wise, our waitress at dinner was professional and capable - but both the restaurant and bar area could definitely do with having some additional support staff, as tables were not cleared fast enough. We also had a few quirks with our bill, but I am hopefully this is all opening jitters type stuff. 

While we did see some kids in the restaurant, I would leave the little ones at home with a sitter, unless you are coming for daytime brunch once that launches. 

Goosefeather is located in the Tarrytown House Estate, 49 E Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, NY. For now it is open Monday through Saturday for dinner only from 5pm to 10pm. Reservations can be made online on Resy.