Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Cellar Restaurant

    The Cellar Restaurant

 In 2003 Bob and Sandy Layman were able to realize a dream when they purchased The Cellar Restaurant in Owego NY.  This family owned, family run business has become a must-see foodie destination in the Southern Tier of New York and beyond.
    Sandy runs the business end of things and also runs the front of the house. Her eye for design and decor and her passion for recycling and salvage has created a rich atmosphere with unique pieces that have a history of their own and it all adds to the experience that is The Cellar. With 30 years in the food industry Bob contributes his tremendous skills as chef. He has extensive knowledge and skill with seasonal and local food and his menu reflects his complex and delicious flavor profiles. The Laymans, along with their three sons have created a unique dining experience and a definite hot spot.
     What makes this restaurant so unique is that they subscribe to the 'slow food movement'.  They are a true 'cook from scratch' establishment.  The Cellar features a local, seasonal, fresh menu and a slow paced dining experience.  It is, in a word, fabulous.  The local herbs, meats, and produce are served along with local craft beers and regional wines.  They fully and wholeheartedly believe in CLEAN food. Nothing here is ever processed or pre-made.
     Being one of my very favorite places to eat, I have tried many many dishes from the impressive menu and have never once been disappointed.  The menu features a Tapas(small plate) selection, as well as a varied selection of entrees and desserts.  The Cellar also features a staggering Brunch menu on Sundays as well as a Sunday dinner special.  Bob recognizes and caters to special needs such as gluten free and lactose free diets, as well as several vegetarian offerings.
     The relaxed atmosphere is heavenly- just please know, if you are in a rush don't come here.  Everything here is prepared to order and paced for maximum enjoyment.  To sit and enjoy the fantastic house salad or appetizer slowly, savoring the food, the atmosphere, and the company you are with. Then work your way ever so slowly through a delectable entree of perhaps Duck Breast, Veal Oscar, Beef Wellington, Seafood Czarina, or Stuffed Chicken Breast...really no matter what you choose you will be incredibly happy and oh so satisfied!   When your dessert comes...nibble it...make it last. Sip your coffee, cappuccino, or desert wine and let the relaxing experience wash over and through you.
      Please please stop in and visit Bob, Sandy and the whole Layman family at The Cellar Restaurant. You will not be disappointed!

The Cellar Hours are:
Tues- Sat                        5:30pm - 9 pm
Sunday Brunch               10am-2pm
Sunday Lunch&Dinner    2pm-7pm
Lounge(w/tapas)             tues-sat 5:30 - 9

The Cellar Restaurant
196 Front Street
Owego NY
607 687 2016

Read about the Layman's rise from the tragic and devastating 2011 Flood..and how they helped others at the same time: Click Here

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