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.
Friday, June 29, 2012
One of my favorite restaurants, The Owl at Twilight in Olmstedville, NY, will open for the summer tomorrow. Rich and Joanne are back from Georgia, and plan on serving dinner Thursday through Sunday through August. For reservations call 518.251.4696. More info about the Owl can be found here.
Ever wonder how an upstate New York hotdog came to be known as a Michigan? If you are a fan of Michigans, or North Country culinary history, or just enjoy a well researched and fascinating read about hot dogs, check out Niki Kourofsky's article in this month's Adirondack Life magazine. Honorable mention goes to Clare and Carl's Michigan Shack in South Plattsburgh, which is well worth a detour if you are on the way north.
This month's Chronogram has a great story about Food Trucks around the Hudson Valley.
And finally, (and having absolutely nothing to do with food) The Adirondack Shakespeare Company will be performing this summer at Schroon Lake's Boat House Theater, North Creek's Tannery Pond Community Center, Indian Lake, Ticonderoga, and Bolton Landing. For the full "Shakespeare in the Park" experience, see them at Scaroon Manor's (State Park) amphitheater. If you have not seen this troupe, you are really missing out. For calendar and advance tickets, click here.
387 South Street, Highland, NY 12528
Serving Lunch & Dinner
Closed on Tuesday
The Gunk Haus Restaurant and Biergarten bills itself as a local gastro pub, which does sound like a New York hiptser moniker for this very traditional village brahaus. The charming eatery is situated beneath the Shawangunk ridge in Clintondale. The view of the "Gunks" from the restaurant's back deck is reason enough to stop by, but the kitchen is the real reason we stopped in last Wednesday for dinner. It was our third visit over the last year, and I am happy to report that the Gunk Haus keeps getting better with each visit. CIA trained chef and co-owner Elizabeth Steckel is putting out some terrific German style platters, using locally sourced, pasture raised, hormone free beef, and vegetables from some of the valley's best producers. The menu includes artisanal sausages from Highland's Mark Elia Meats.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
36 Main, New Paltz has a new owner - Darren Siegfried, Former Executive Chef at Windows on the World. Mr. Siegfried is President of the Sommelier Society of America and owner of Red White and Bubbly in Brooklyn. Judging by his CV, we look for great things, but Kathy will be missed.
Le Pavillon, Poughkeepsie has closed, according to the Zagat.com website. The reservation phone has been off line since the spring. Chef Claude Guermont has been working with Chris O'Brien at Farm to Table Restaurant in Wappingers Falls.
|The new outdoor patio at Ship Lantern Inn|
NorthCountryRambler is now featured on UrbanSpoon.com. Reviews of local restaurants will appear on their website.