Essie’s Restaurant, a new bistro style eatery in Mount Carmel in downtown Poughkeepsie, is the newest addition to the city’s growing list of upscale dining establishments. The space most recently was home to Cafe Bocca, and those of a certain age will remember Sardi’s grocery, which operated there for over seventy years. We started hearing about the new restaurant months before they opened, in part because of the reputation of the proprietor, Brandon Walker.
Quebec City has long been on our list of favorite destinations, brimming with great restaurants and shopping, some fabulous hotels, and numerous art galleries and antique shops. As you might expect, Quebec has a fantastic selection of French restaurants, offering everything from fine dining and haute cuisine to classic bistro standards.
Duo is in Kingston’s uptown Stockade District, just a pitching wedge away from two of our long time favorites – Boitson’s Bistro and le Canard Enchaine. Duo Bistro joined these two standouts in the spring of 2012. Chef Juan Romero’s menu is delightfully original, combining local farm products with creative and well prepared recipes.
If you have been coming to the Adirondacks long enough, you have been to this place, or one just like it. Before the Northway, there was Route 9, running from Westchester to the Canadian border. Route 9 weaved its way through every town on the map, and every town had a roadside restaurant, maybe two, that looked just like UpRiver Cafe.
It’s hard to imagine now, but thirty years ago there were no restaurants serving authentic rustic home style Italian food anywhere in the Hudson Valley. Back then, Italian meant red sauce and pasta and more often than not what you were served were “Italian-American” dishes like garlic bread with veal or chicken parmigiana or lobster fra Diavolo, or shrimp scampi (none of which would be found in Italy). Oh, how times have changed….
If I were in real estate I would say that Global Palate is centrally located between Kingston and Highland. Located in the old roadhouse that housed Marcel’s in days of yore, the restaurant’s dining room, and the bar in particular, have always been on my list of favorites. If you had a dream about a 1960’s neighborhood bistro, this is probably what you would dream about.
The Hotel Vermont in Burlington, appearing on many “Best of Vermont” lists in travel magazines, had been on our wishlist of weekend destinations for years. It also has the distinction of being next door to Hen of the Wood restaurant, which, if truth be told, was the real reason for our trip to Burlington.
Who is the best bartender in the Adirondacks? Happy Hour in the High Peaks invited fourteen of the region’s finest to compete for the title at North Creek’s Basil & Wicks.
In Spain, diners – at least the local diners- do not have dinner at a tapas bar. They are public gathering places to stop after work, before dinner, for a glass of wine and a snack. The theme and setting at 52 Main in Millerton seem to mimic that tradition – a place to stop on the way home to meet some friends for a bite and a glass or two of wine.
Eddie Lauria’s latest enterprise, Grano Focacceria, offers an opportunity to sample classic Italian home style baking in an informal, casual, and very inexpensive venue. Nothing fancy. Nothing complicated. Just fantastic homestyle baking the way your mother did it….if your mother was the best cook in the neighborhood….in Naples.