The Start of the Greystone Story
The following information is from Shawnee Bologna. This is very basic information, and will be added to, and edited as more information is received. I consider this to be a great addition to the site.
(The words of Shawnee)
Giuseppe (my grandfather) Bologna (chef) and Annette (my grandmother) Bologna were part owners in the Greystone back in the late forty's / early fifties. My father Guido Bologna (born in NYC), worked at the Greystone for his folks and graduated from O'Neill High School. My mom, Mary A. Krieger Bologna (nickname Sissy) was born in Ft. Montgomery, graduated from O'Neill and later Ladycliff. Ines Perrone and Ben Perrone in the photo's are my grandmother's sister & brother from NYC. Artie Palino was my grandfather's friend from NYC. My mom's father, Joseph L. Krieger was one of the men who started the Ft. Montgomery Fire Dept, and he also painted the original sign for the Old Oak Inn. My mother had a brother Joseph L. Krieger II, who was best friends with Charlie Durning. Mom's sister, Christina Krieger Sharp, was at one time married to Andrew Sharp of Highland Falls.
This will be arranged properly when additional information is received.
A Dining Review of Greystone Mansion...
From the Westchester NY News County Fare Section by Alec Burgess describing theGreystone Restaurant entitled “Greystone Mansion, Orange County Gift To All Lovers Of Good Food” (date of the article is unknown)
Greystone Mansion is located on Old 9W between Fort Montgomery and Highland Falls (HI6-8197) . This time it’s Orange County Fare and the place is up near West Point. You can go across either the Tappan Zee or Bear Mountain Bridges. Driving toward the point, turn off to the right about a mile above Bear Mountain Bridge onto old Rout 9W and proceed to the sign.
In an enormous brick mansion right on the bank of the Hudson, Angelo and Norma Culot are delighting their customers with delicious French-Italian cooking. From the many-windowed dining room your eyes are treated to one of the finest views of the great river to be had anywhere along its length.
The building is set in nine acres of land running down to the water where they plan to build their own dock next year so their boat-minded guests can sail right up to the restaurant. Although it is a little late to enjoy it this season, the spacious terrace, shaded by great oak trees, with its superb river view, is perfect for the leisurely enjoyment of cocktails during the warmer months.
The following was published in a newspaper (unknown) as a review.
It’s a family affair with Angelo doing the cooking and Norma taking care of the bar. Everything is prepared to order. Meals are served anytime after 12 noon. Lunch is a la carte. On the regular dinner, both appetizer and soup are included. Among the appetizers are herring in cream, pimento and anchovy, eggs a la Russe, hearts of artichoke. Others such as melon and prosciutto, clams, shrimps, and antipasto are available at extra charges. Celery, olives and carrot sticks are standard relishes with all the meals.
For soups there is a choice of onion soup au gratin, patinea consommé, vichyssoise froid and jellied madrilène. Among the house specialties are beef Stroganoff, venison steak, jumbo shrimp remoulade, and of course chicken, chops and steaks. Of course the a la carte menu is even more extensive.
Fine Wine Cellar
The cellar provides fine wines from many countries and we suggest that you ask Mrs. Culot to bring some to your table and explain about them so you can order the one that best suits your taste and purse.
As Greystone Mansion is only about a mile from West Point, you’ll often see officers there…and cadets too, when they are on leave. Many Hollywood stars like to stop in here when they are in the East, and have left their pictures as mementos of their visits. Of course the Inn is handy to Bear Mountain Park with its swimming, boating and skiing; and to Wayne swimming pool and recreation area. Rooms are available for overnight guests.
Food and drinks are served all day from noon to 10 pm . Lunch is a la carte with entrees from $1.50 and the complete dinner ranges from $2.75 to $5.25. Ample off-street parking . Member of Diner’s club. Closed Wednesdays.
The Greystone Mansion