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, December 18, 2011
537 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days
If you have not been to Hudson in a few years, then you have not been to Hudson. To suggest that the town has undergone a renaissance would not tell the story adequately; you really need to see it to believe it. The last few times that we decided to "stop in Hudson for lunch" we have ended up spending the better part of the afternoon; there is too much to see and do. There is a vibrancy to the place - the streets bustling with young hipsters sipping coffees and chatting and poking their heads into shops, and walking more cute dogs than any one town should have.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Le'Express Bistro and Bar
1820 New Hackensack Rd. (Rte 376)
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phn - 845.849.3565
Open for Dinner ~ 7 Days
Lunch ~ Monday through Friday
Update - We revisited Le Express on July 12,2012. Read that review here.
We have a new bistro in town. John Lekic, the General Manager at Sapore Steakhouse in Fishkill, opened Le Express last month with his partner Roni Lala. The restaurant is in the space that was formerly occupied by Union Jack. We had a few nudges to give the place a try, and Mary and I stopped in last night for dinner. The interior has been completely revamped. The old Union Jack space used to be divided into two smallish dining rooms. That entire space has been opened up into one large very nicely furnished dining room, and the bar has been relocated to the left hand wall as you enter. A small lounge area in front of the bar adds a little seating for those who are waiting for a table (and I predict that there will indeed be people waiting for a table). We very much liked what we found.
If you go searching for Le'Express on the internet, you may have trouble finding any info. The odd spelling is apparently an attempt to avoid a conflict with L'Express in New York City. The resulting incorrect spelling confuses Google and Bing and Yahoo, all of which convert the Le'Express query to L'Express, with no local results. I'm sure that there is a lawyer somewhere to blame for this. (Please no emails from lawyers. You know I'm right) There is no website up yet, but there is a Facebook page (with no menu). Early adopters will just have to rely on Rambler and a compass.