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.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Kingston, NY 12401
Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days
The re-development of the Kingston Rondout waterfront started long before development efforts got underway in neighboring Newburgh and Poughkeepsie. The Kingston planners did a lot of things right (including easy access and lots of free parking), and the Rondout area draws lots of locals and visitors who can enjoy the river views, the shops, the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and of course the restaurants. The area has more than its fair share of dining destinations, including one of our favorites - Savona's Trattoria. The eatery has been open for a few years now, and has garnered a devoted following of regulars. There is a reason for the line at the door. Savona's offers a an expansive selection of well prepared classic Italian dishes, served in copious quantities for a very reasonable price. We stopped in last Wednesday for dinner and started at the bar with our new favorite bartender, Rachel.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Newburgh, NY 12550
The Lakeview House Restaurant sits on the eastern shore of Orange Lake, a 400 acre lake just west of Newburgh, NY, off of Route 52. It is a picturesque setting; it reminds me of many of the waterfront eateries I frequented growing up on Long Island, especially if you could throw in some salt spray and a few seagulls. There is a wonderful sense of history here, starting with the lake itself, which was quite the resort destination a century ago. The Great Depression saw the end of the amusement park that was located here, but the Lakeview House lives on.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Believe it or not, we don't eat dinner out every day, just a few times a week. We usually entertain on Saturday night, and those dinners tend to be "driveway parties" with friends and neighbors and too many courses and too much wine. (Everyone can walk home so we tend to get carried away.) During the week it's a different story. After a full day at the office the last thing anyone wants to do is prepare an elaborate meal. More often than not, we bake a chicken.
Not any old chicken, but an organic, farm fresh, pasture raised bird, preferably from a local producer. Tonight's bird came from Quattro's in Pleasant Valley. I always buy my duck from Quattro's and on my last trip there for confit fixins I also picked up a chicken. It gave me an opportunity to compare it to my favorite chicken, which comes from a farm in Putnam Station, NY, run by John and Mary Anne Smith.
Monday, September 5, 2011
2162 Bruynswyck Road
Wallkill, NY, 12589
Closed Monday and Tuesday
You might want to file this one away under "hideaways". The Bruynswyck Inn is located just off of Ulster County Route 7, the Bruynswyck Road, which heads south off of Route 44 just west of the village of Gardiner. The road meanders through the orchards and pastures and horse farms that occupy the space between the Wallkill River and the Shawangunk cliffs. A more picturesque setting is hard to find. We stopped in for dinner last month, on a Wednesday night outing with the usual dining crew. It was my first visit to the inn, but Doc and George were obviously regulars judging by the friendly reception from Lee, who was holding court behind the bar when we arrived. Her banter was as welcoming as the location, which has the look and feel of a vintage road house cum neighborhood hangout. All that was missing was the neighborhood. We were clearly miles from the nearest occupied anything.
|Just caught Catskill brown trout|
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Schroon Lake, NY 12870
Saturday, September 10
Noon until ?
There are certain functions that qualify as being uniquely American activities - the proverbial slice of Americana. Certainly community BBQ's deserve to be in that category. Usually small town affairs, they are often held at the firehouse or the town park, or in our case in Schroon Lake - on the grounds of the Fish and Game Club. The club serves as the community's civic center. It has a dining room that holds a few hundred people. Outdoor pavilions built specifically to hold this annual event, shelter picnic tables that accommodate a few hundred more. With the singular exception of one school reunion, in twenty years, I have never seen them used for any other public function. There's a baseball field and horseshoe pits and the requisite bar, back behind the dining room. Volunteers keep the place ship shape and ready for the next function. Dozens of volunteers will make the place ready for next Saturday, when hundreds of locals gather for our annual farewell to summer.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Channeling Pierre Franey ~