Found this gem while staying in Corning. We were looking for something a little upscale - and we found it. Really nice wine list includes NY wines - menu offers enough variety to satisfy all patrons. We started with a locally grown baby greens salad - balsamic vinegrette was one of the best I've had in a while. The very knowledgeable server recommended the scallops - which were delectable. My partner had the hanger steak - another recommendation. Both entrees included interesting gourmet twists as well as presentation. Portions were spot on - allowing us to try a dessert from a very extensive list. We shared the Chocolate Pate - which should be named to reflect the sinful pleasure it left in our mouths. Atmosphere is funky elegant - very cozy. The faux finish walls include Victorian mouldings - paintings add artsy touch - done by a local artist - really add interest to the surroundings. Restaurant was very busy - reservations are highly recommended.
Meh... I sat at the bar which has a kind of v shape which meant I was half turned away from everybody else. My steak was more expensive than the Kobe beef steak at The Cellar and wasn't that great. It was big; but so what? I didn't finish it. Who needs that much beef? I didn't have wine... I don't really know wine well enough to rate the selection anyway. I will say Hand and Foot was able to engage my interest in drink selections and got me to try a few things I hadn't before. Maybe it was an off night; but I did not feel the food as art vibe I like when going to a nice place. Especially when expecting French.
Donna's Restaurant has the best food and homemade pies soups and cakes. The friendliest staff in town. I have been going to Donnas for the last 15 20 years and the food is always spot on. Always clean and it is just like home when you go to Donnas your not a customer your family. Ask any of the Corning area locals and they will tell you Donna's is the place to go. you will never leave hungry! once you try the pies you will be back!!!!