New York City is a bistro lover’s playground, offering countless opportunities for a great meal at a reasonable price. I have been searching out the good ones for years, since days of yore when Cue Magazine’s alphabetical listing of favorites in each of the city’s neighborhoods served as my guide. Finding good bistros in the Broadway theater district has always presented a problem, because bistros are often the local neighborhood restaurant, and the theater district is not a residential neighborhood. Therein lies the rub.
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.
A few weeks ago we were enjoying a conversation at dinner with a couple from the Culinary Institute. They eat out as frequently as we do, and I was most interested in how they were going to respond to the question on the table: who’s doing it right? Who was focusing on local produce? Who was working best with local farmers? And of course, who was doing the best job with all of this stuff in the kitchen. I also asked what their favorite restaurants were. Crew Restaurant, on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie, was their immediate response.
John Lekic’s Le Express Bistro in Wappingers is the most recent addition to our “Hudson Valley Top 10 Favorite Restaurants.” For some, “farm to table” is a marketing slogan. For John Lekic, it is his life’s mission – to promote the culinary bounty of the Hudson Valley. He is the valley’s farmers’ greatest cheerleader, and his megaphone is his restaurant.
If I had to spend the rest of my life eating in one type of restaurant, a bistro would win hands down. Montreal offers a spectacular selection of French bistros, including many of our favorites. A winter weekend is the perfect time to get away to this wonderful city.
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.
Gunk Haus Restaurant and Biergarten 387 South Street, Highland, NY 12528 Phone 845.883.0866 www.gunkhaus.com 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 Local 38 West Market Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Reservations: 845 876 2214 Closed Mondays www.thelocalrestaurantandbar.com As I sat at the bar waiting for my Wednesday night tablemates to arrive, I perused the menu looking for dinner candidates. My eyes were immediately drawn to a menu listing for arugula salad, made with Surryano ham. I […]
388 Main Street (Route 213) Rosendale, NY 12472 Phn 845 658-8500 www.redbrickrosendale.com Rosendale is one of my favorite towns – a clutch of historic buildings seemingly surrounded by the Roundout Creek as it twists and turns on its way to the Hudson, seven miles north in Kingston. It is a picture post card of a […]
Garden Bistro 1839 Central Ave. Colonie, NY Reservations – 518 456 4566 Lunch & Dinner Monday through Saturday Sunday Brunch www.GardenBistro24.com On our weekly travels from the Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks we frequently find ourselves in the Albany area around lunch time. For many years we have looked (without success) for a family owned […]