Mercato is a tiny local place, with a cozy wine bar that seats a grand total of eight patrons, and a main dining room that seats a few dozen more. An adjacent dining room is called The Pasta Shop. When they first opened it was ……a pasta shop!….., but more seats were much in need and the retail shop space was sacrificed to make room for more diners. There is a reason that more space was needed. The food here is fantastic.
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.
Montgomery Place Orchards gets my vote for the prettiest farm stand in the Hudson Valley. Situated on Route 9G just north of the village of Rhinebeck, this picturesque market becomes a destination each summer for shoppers searching for local fresh produce and dairy products from area creameries. My absolute favorite time to visit is in autumn, when the shelves are adorned with dozens of traditional and heirloom varieties of freshly picked apples, and piles of colorful gourds and winter squash and pumpkins galore.
New Openings / Closings / Movers & (Salt)Shakers
Paradox Lodge, Lake Placid ~ Eat & Meet Grill, Saranac Lake ~ A Tavola, New Paltz ~ Shatzi’s Pub, Poughkeepsie, and…….
It has been two years since the Baxter family teamed with the Crocco brothers to launch what is now, by all appearances, one of the most popular new restaurants in the Hudson Valley. The team created a wonderful dining and entertainment destination, combining a casual but elegant space, beautifully renovating the building that has been home to multiple eateries since the original Mill House opened back in 1977. We have been back numerous times since the most recent reincarnation, often before taking in a show at the nearby Bardavon Opera House.
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.
The Deluccia name will be familiar to many Hudson Valley diners. The family that brought you the Nic L Inn on Rte 55 in Lagrange, and the Lynick House on Rte 376 is back, with a bistro – wine bar in Poughkeepsie’s Waterfront district.
Poughkeepsie’s newest waterfront dining destination is located off Water Street, five hundred feet north of Main Street (and River Station). If the place was any closer to the Hudson you would get wet (which actually happened recently during Hurricane Sandy.)
Fans of Gianni Scappin will be happy to hear that he is back in Rhinebeck. Gianni was one of the original co-owners at Gigi Trattoria, just around the corner from his newest location. He also runs Cucina Woodstock.
Swift’s dining room overlooks Beacon Falls on Fishkill Creek. The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls Swift Restaurant 2 East Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Reservations: 845-765-8369 Dinner: Wednesday through Sunday Restaurant Website The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls is perched on the banks of the Fishkill Creek, overlooking Beacon Falls. The restoration of the historic complex of buildings […]