CORNING, NY: Three Birds Restaurant

In Corning for business, I relied on a couple of local contacts for a dinner recommendation, and Three Birds was on their short list. I am SO glad it was!

Arriving shortly after its 5 p.m. opening, I found a seat at the bar and was greeted immediately. The bartender offered a menu, a drink (if I already knew -- which I did) and generally made me feel at home. 

 Part of the dynamic of visiting a small town is that folks know their neighbors, and they know if you're not one of them. When they know and treat you like a neighbor anyway, you KNOW you're in a good place.

Three Birds Harbor Fish Soup 
Such was the case at Three Birds.

And the!

As it was my first time, I HAD to try the "Three Birds Harbor Fish Soup" - a lobster broth with a mélange of seafood and potatoes in a very tasty, clear broth. Much lighter than a cream-based clam chowder and MUCH more interesting!

I initially thought it needed more salt but the more I took the time to savor, the more I realized it was seasoned perfectly! It was so good, I recommended it to a couple who'd been to Three Birds before but not tried the soup. They were very glad I'd suggested it.

Salad of Baby Greens

My barkeep brought fresh bread with the soup, which would last through the salad course of mixed baby greens, crumbled bleu cheese with cherry tomatoes and very lightly dressed with a Modena-balsamic dressing.

A second glass of Sauv Blanc (Marlboro New Zealand, of course) and I was done for one night, but I'm sure I'll be back to sample the place's other offerings.

If you're in Corning and you love good food, you owe it to yourself to give Three Birds a try!

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