Poughkeepsie diners applauded five years ago when Brasserie 292 first opened on Main Street. It was the area’s only legitimate brasserie, and a good one at that. A succession of changes in partners and management over the last three years was noticeable in the dining room, and I for one breathed a sigh of relief last summer when the last standing owner, Alex Serroukas, sold the restaurant to Charlie Fells and his wife, Megan Kulpa Fells, the culinary couple who own the Artist’s Palate across the street.
You will find Huckleberry tucked away in a corner off of Church Street, across from Hokkaido. The pub is exactly that, and nothing more, and I say that in a most complimentary way. The place has the look and feel of a European village pub, but one that caters to the locals and not the tourists, where families out for a bite are as common, and as welcome, as the locals stopping in for a pint and some conversation on the way home from work.
We were sitting at the bar, perusing the menu, sipping a glass of wine. A gentleman diner sat two stools down the bar from where we were seated. “You have to try this!” he said. I looked at his plate, the contents of which were not immediately apparent. Perhaps a roasted plantain, I thought. The waitress told us it was a parsnip. A parsnip?
After years of work and the collaborative efforts of seven Hudson Valley farms along with The Hudson Valley Chef’s Network, The Hudson Valley Seed Library, Glynwood and Slow Food USA, we can now tell you the happy ending to the story of Hank’s X-tra Special Baking Bean. It begins with an invite to dinner at the Village Tea Room in New Paltz.
At the Haight family farm in Pleasant Valley, John & Kevin Haight are producing the Hudson Valley’s only cold pressed sunflower oil, and the area’s chefs are paying attention.
Lots of good news on the Hudson Valley restaurant scene, with three new openings in Poughkeepsie and Marlboro.
Albany is home to more than a few good bistro style restaurants, but none more celebrated than dp An American Brasserie, hidden in the literal and metaphorical shadow of its even more celebrated sister restaurant, Yono’s.
It had been a few years since our Wednesday Night Dining Crew last visited 88 Charles Street, which was much too long a time. The restaurant is one of our favorites, and the drive to Montgomery is really the only reason that we have not turned it into our personal clubhouse. The place has all of the requisite ingredients for making it a favorite – a great bar, a friendly professional waitstaff, and a solid kitchen.
Every regional cuisine has unique characteristics, usually predicated on the local food crops, regional herbs and spices, and local cultural or religious preferences – or taboos. Nowhere is this more in focus than in the cuisine of Thailand. Like many eastern cuisines, the cook will balance sweet with sour, salty with spicy. Appearance and texture is given more attention than in western cookery, with picture perfect presentations typically plated on serving vessels suitable for gallery viewing all by themselves.
The Nic-L-Inn Wine Cellar on the Hudson is the latest culinary adventure with the Deluccia family, who have been in and around the Hudson Valley restaurant scene for decades. Their new America Bistro is well worth a visit, especially if you are down near the waterfront in Poughkeepsie, or enjoying a stroll on the area’s premier attraction – the Walkway over the Hudson.