As I mentioned last week, my March Madness "party of 8" had the pleasure of dining at 1741 on the Terrace after a day of wine tasting on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.

Now, I've worked in enough full service hotels over the years to know that, with few exceptions, their restaurants are usually pedestrian at best. But not at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Dining at their restaurant, 1741, is an experience and the atmosphere is tres chic! Plus, you really can't get a better view of the city than from the terrace.

Our preset table left a spectacular first impression on our group - I hope the picture of our friend, Al Rauber, through a sea of crystal wine glasses conveys the elegance I'm talking about.

Since we spent the day sampling wine and food pairings, we all opted for the 3 Courses for $30 Menu. Here's what I chose:

  • A celebratory bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne to share.
  • Grilled Lamb Chop. I'm leaving out the description so I don't salivate onto my keyboard, but in a word, wonderful!
  • Lehigh Valley Mixed Greenswith point reyes blue cheese and lavender vinaigrette. The description from the menu sold me on this one.
  • Braised Beef Short Ribs, which could've been messy but weren't given that it was served boneless. Great choice!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the excellent service. Very professional, attentive, but not intrusive.

As Arnold Schwarzenegger would say ... "I'll be back!"

Have you ever eaten at 1741 on the Terrace?