Red Hat on the River in Irvington will reopen for dinner only today, Dec. 18; lunch service resumes on Thursday, Dec. 20.
It could take a couple of weeks before all of the dishes on the regular dinner menu will be available, proprietor Jim Parker mentioned. A new winter seasonal menu is being introduced.
But when the restaurant reopens tonight, at least one new dish will be offered. Called Cioppino, it is described by Parker as an Italian-American fish stew.
Red Hat was closed by a surge of four feet of water during Hurricane Sandy. “The kitchen (located on the ground floor) was a total loss from the storm," Parker said.
Parker revealed that the restaurant's website will post the names of the dishes being offered starting on Dec. 18.
"Holiday surprises are planned through New Year's Day," Parker also said, "including special holiday brunches on Dec. 24, 26, 31 and Jan. 1 and regular Sunday service."
"We're soooo overwhelmed with the good wishes from our clientele," he added.
The second-floor dining area incurred no damage and the ground-level tall glass windows that provide breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Palisades escaped Hurricane Sandy’s wrath intact on October 29, 2012.
The restaurant has bi-level dining and a rooftop cocktail lounge. It is open for lunch Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m.; dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. On Sunday, its hours are noon to 8 p.m. 914-591-5888; press “0” for reservations. Parking is free.
Sunday brunch service is from noon to 3:30 p.m. and live Wednesday jazz is from 6 to 10 p.m.
Red Hat on the River is located at 1 Bridge Street in Irvington, NY.