Something’s Missing. Those frequent springlike rains have not kept us from our daily constitutional. In our walks we have the feeling that something is missing from Croton’s landscape. After some cogitation we finally discovered what it was: Where are the political signs that spring up on lawns like tulips every election season?
Until signs go up, it won’t seem like election time. But there’s still a month to go before the polls open on March 18, so mark your calendar. And remember to vote because the quality of life and government here in Croton will depend on it.
What Croton Really Needs. Whenever we stroll down Grand Street we cast an admiring glance at No. 139, the handsome former residence of Dr. Thomas Jefferson Acker, Croton’s old-fashioned family doctor long ago. It now houses the law offices of attorney Paul S. Hoffman. Memories always come flooding back. We recall it as the site of the gone but not forgotten Croton Steak House, a steak house in the grand tradition.
The Croton Steak House menu was short but robust, with the carefully aged meats rivaling those Peter Luger’s, the Palm or other classic New York steak houses offered. Every cut of meat was personally selected by chef David Sanft and carefully aged. Filet mignon, sirloin, porterhouse, T-bone or rib eye, steaks were broiled to perfection by Dave in a compact kitchen just off the small dining room and served by his wife, June. Sides were limited to the traditional pommes frites, baked potato and creamed spinach.
As closing time approached, Dave, a superb restaurateur, would occasionally join the last few latecomer customers who lingered over coffee and offer a brandy on the house. Always genial, he would reminisce about the golden age of the restaurant business. Sadly, David Sanft died in 1973 at the age of 60. Today the Croton Steak House is only a gastronomic memory to those who had the pleasant experience of eating there.
It is curious that among all the exotic businesses suggested with the idea of restoring Croton’s business climate, no one has proposed an old-fashioned steak house. In this day of franchised steak restaurants all across the country, a reincarnation of the old Croton Steak House may be a impossible dream on our part, but—in the words of the old Yiddish expression—you should live so long.
Another Odd Couple. A little bird has tipped us off about an odd couple we overlooked in Thoughts While Strolling (3), posted on February 11. Sure enough, Board of Election records confirm that at 18 Georgia Lane on Mount Airy, former GOP chairman Mark M. Aarons is registered as a Republican and his wife, Karen, is registered as a Democrat. We can only reiterate what we said about the political brains in such odd-couple families being all on the distaff side.