In our house, Monday is pizza night, and in our house pizza means Cosimo’s. Monday night we can be found at the corner of the bar, nestled in amongst the Monday night regulars from Marist College and the Culinary, with a smattering of legal types and business people. More often that not, everyone at the bar will know each other. If they don’t, they soon will, because our hostess and barkeeper, Joanne Foley a/k/a JoJo, will make sure that happens. After many years of this routine, we are there as much for the company as the pizza, but we certainly started going to Cosimo’s because of the pizza.
I love surprises, and The Halfway House in Elizabethtown was a bucket full of surprises. I really did not know what to expect when we heard about the place – lots of Portuguese items on the menu, a new dining room, a great bar. We are hearing all of this about a place which I have passed a hundred times and never really noticed.
Frogmore Tavern has quickly become one of our favorite dining destinations when we are in Kingston. A talented kitchen and a well prepared American bistro style menu are the reasons to try it, and now you can add a new roof top bar to the attractions.
Friends Lake Inn is one of our favorite dining destinations. Hidden away on a quite country road above Friends Lake, this luxury inn also offers one of the Adirondack’s premier dining opportunities. The top notch kitchen is complemented by one of the area’s most extensive wine lists, and a service staff that balances professionalism with some down home, north country hospitality.
It has now been twenty years since Brunetto’s in Warrensburg opened its doors. The restaurant quickly became a North Country favorite with visitors and locals alike. A seat in the dining room is a very hard ticket to score during the summer tourist season, and securing a seat at the bar is even harder. The restaurant does not take reservations, but we crossed our fingers and stopped in last night for dinner.
The restaurant’s creative kitchen, directed by partners Zacary Pelaccio and Jori Emde (of NYC’s Fatty ‘Cue / Fatty Crab fame) raise foraging and “farm to table” cooking to high art, utilizing offerings from their farm in Old Chatham and other nearby Hudson Valley growers.
Pasta doesn’t get any more “homemade” than this. Right next to the bar, out in the dining room, a long wooden farm table was set with a stand mixer and pasta roller attachment. As I sipped on my wine, kitchen staff emerged to take turns using the roller.
In days of yore, Hudson Valley diners had many choices for good German fare. Just in the city of Poughkeepsie we had the Brauhaus in Arlington (now the Dubliner) and further down Main Street was the Auffarth family’s Congress Tavern (in the late 70’s) , both of which served up Karl Ehmer’s wieners and wursts with platters of spaetzle and kraut. Those were the days.
Panzur has been on our “wish list” of new restaurants for quite some time. Chef Rei Peraza, who owns the restaurant with his wife Kim, have been the talk of the town since they opened two years ago.
It has been a few years since I have written about this Hudson Valley jewel in Kingston’s Uptown Stockade District. That is an oversight on my part, since Boiton’s is a regular stop on our list of Hudson Valley favorites, especially if we are at UPAC for a show.