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Is Clay at Wildflower Farms well worth the staggering worth?

Wildflower Farms, the brand new lodge from luxurious hospitality firm Auberge Resorts, opened in Gardiner within the final days of September 2022, as fall’s colours began to flourish. Rooms again then began at $1,000 an evening, plus taxes and charges. (Charges have some down considerably for the winter.) Inside just a few weeks, the leaves had been at their most vivid and Wildflower’s car parking zone was filling up with Porsches, Maseratis and BMWs. Apparently, Peak Idiot had arrived within the Hudson Valley.

Extremely-luxe resorts require fancy eating places, after all. The one at Wildflower is known as Clay, a beautiful-looking eatery with considerably patchy delicacies—typically sensible, typically meh—that can be ruinously costly.

Approaching Wildflower Farms within the winter darkish, the buildings glow from inside, all suntan orange and gold bullion yellow. The restaurant is accessed by way of a welcome space with a big firepit, which is a wonderfully cozy gathering spot. (Locals welcome.)

The restaurant itself is eye-catching with a flowery ski lodge really feel, acres of wooden and hearth heat. 4 waxy-leafed bushes attain for the excessive beamed ceiling, and a gorgeous open kitchen runs easily even when bare flames belch inside.

Every part feels good and stress-free. After which the menu arrives.

Clay would not publish costs on its web site, so I took images of the menu. Maybe it desires its visitors to start their meals by experiencing the unforgettable style of sticker shock. For instance, appetizers: yellowfin tuna ($24); Black Angus tartare ($30); candy potato ($22). Fundamental programs: halibut ($44); grilled rib eye ($68); porterhouse ($210, however “serves 2-3”). The most cost effective wine by the glass price $17. There’s a bottle of Dom Pérignon on the menu for $3,750.

At these costs, the meals needs to be unremittingly distinctive. However a starter of salsify (an edible root, $22) was clumsily plated with clumps of mustard greens seemingly thrown on the plate like last-minute Hail Marys. It was the primary meh.

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