Welcome to our list of favorite dining destinations in New York's Hudson Valley and Adirondack regions. We visit restaurants, wineries, barbecues, and a smattering of off the beaten path culinary destinations like maple sugar shacks and fromageries. My friends and I have been dining out together weekly for over twenty years. The locations we write about are our favorite destinations. We are not claiming they are the best, just our favorites. The posts are not "reviews" in the classic sense. - we offer only our picks, not pans. We will leave the criticism to others. We are a happy blog. We much prefer a good bistro to "haute cuisine", especially if they also have a nice bar. We prefer a crock of cassoulet and a bottle of Beaujolais to just about anything else. If you enjoy simple home style rustic cooking with a decent (but not too expensive) bottle of wine, then pull up a chair and join us.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
|The food52.com preparation of Rambler's "Tailgate Paella"|
Monday, October 25, 2010
Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days
We were immediately offered an appetizer of razor thin slices of Spanish mackerel, which set the tone for a wonderful dinner. My combo platter ($20) included a cup of steaming hot savory miso soup, and a tossed salad of sliced iceberg lettuce. While we worked our way through the opening course, I watched as the sushi chef prepared an artfully presented dish of salmon roe roll, salmon sushi and sashimi, yellow fin tuna, sole, yellow tail and a “white tuna”.
PS Akari does not have a liquor license, but they are fine if you BYOB.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
319 Main Street
This post was updated November 10, 2012. You can read that review here.
We stopped in for a quick dinner this evening, but were tempted into sampling the "Chef's Tasting" sushi dinner. For me, the most attractive selections on the Bull and Buddha's menu are the sushi offerings. The dishes are prepared by the most capable hands of Makio Idesako, who prior to coming to Poughkeepsie ran the Amici Sushi kitchen for John Novi at the Depuy Canal House in High Falls. Trust me these are capable hands. For the grand total of $45 per person (Poughkeepsie dollars) we were treated, over two hours, to ten scrumptious courses at the sushi bar. You really should do this at the sushi bar, for watching the preparation and presentation is half of the fun (and I sense that Makio enjoys the audience) . I suppose you should do this with a glass of Saki, but we enjoyed a glass of Albarino with our seafood. The sushi offerings included crispy (unagi) fresh water eel, and a separate larger platter of salt water eel. Makio brought sampler platters of sushi (with rice) and sashimi (sans rice), which included salmon, tuna and yellow tail. We enjoyed a crunchy roll of shrimp tempura and avocado, a whole soft shell crab, Zuwai Gani (snow crab), slices of octopus, fluke, tuna belly (toro), and broiled yellow tail cheeks. I should also note that Makio apologized for the "hastily prepared" selections and suggested that advance notice for the Chef's Tasting Menu will give him time to properly prepare for the dinner. I can't imagine how good that will be, but I look forward to it.
The original blog-post about Bull & Buddha can be read - here
Thursday, October 14, 2010
718 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, Ny 12603
Update May 2012 - Bacco Restaurant has closed
We had dinner last night at Bacco, the new Italian eatery in the Arlington Liquor Plaza in Poughkeepsie, across from Adam's. The space is largely unchanged from the last tenant's floor plan. The bar still in the stocking stages (although we did encounter a FB Friend there sampling the available inventory). The restaurant opened just three weeks ago and it is too early to pass judgement. We tried a scallopine of veal, a Milanese style veal cutlet, & a mixed grill of chicken breast, sliced steak and sausage, which got the best review. My appetizer of octopus and home fry style potatoes was a very nice presentation, but slightly overdone - which is a bad thing to do to octopus. We'll give them some time to work out the kinks and revisit.
A more recent visit was posted here on January 24, 2011: