End Cut is yet another great addition to the New Paltz dining scene. It is located in a neighborhood cluster of favorite destinations on Church Street, including Hokkaido, and newcomer, Huckleberry. Proprietor, Jordan Schor, who also brought you Jordan’s Bistro & Pizzeria in New Paltz and Solstice in Kingston, opened his newest restaurant last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Culinary Institute’s newest venue is the Bocuse Restaurant, an homage to the legendary Lyonnaise chef, Paul Bocuse. In the late 1960’s Chef Bocuse and a few of his colleagues popularized what came to be known as “Nouvelle Cuisine”, a reimagining of traditional classic French haute cuisine with a new emphasis on purity of presentation and a rejection of the laborious and elaborate recipes and sauces of “cuisine classique”. Appropriately, the restaurant is located in the space that once housed L’Escoffier Restaurant, the CIA’s temple of haute cuisine.
New Paltz newcomers Huckleberry and End Cut have more company this month. Three new restaurants opened – Schatzi’s on Main Street. Garvan’s Gastropub at the golf course, and The Parish at the Waterstreet Market. We stopped in to check them out.
On Monday evening, a group of chefs, farmers, dieticians, and other “farm to table” practitioners and devotees gathered to have dinner and to talk about the health benefits of whole foods. John Nelson, the Director of Public and Community Affairs for Health Quest, was the MC for the evening festivities. The affair was held at Le Express Bistro in Wappingers Falls.