If you drive north from Quebec City through the Jacques Cartier Parc and continue through another one hundred miles of boreal forest, you will arrive at the town of Jonquiere, a suburb of Saguenay in central Quebec. The Auberge Villa Pachon is located there, on the banks of the Aux Sables River. Three years ago we read an article about the chef there, and the cassoulet he prepares. We drove seven hours from our home in the Adirondacks to try it.
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.
Quebec City has long been on our list of favorite destinations, brimming with great restaurants and shopping, some fabulous hotels, and numerous art galleries and antique shops. As you might expect, Quebec has a fantastic selection of French restaurants, offering everything from fine dining and haute cuisine to classic bistro standards.
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.
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.
Le Bistro at the Westport Yacht Club 44 Old Arsenal Road, Westport, NY Reservations: 518-962-8777 www.bistrodulac.com Open for dinner / mid-May through mid-September Le Bistro du Lac’s seasonal opening each summer is an eagerly anticipated Adirondack event. Like farmer’s markets and county fairs, many of our favorite Adirondack dining destinations are only open for a few […]
Chez Pierre Restaurant 979 Route 9 Gansevoort, NY 12831 Phn: 518 793 3350 Closed Mondays Open 7 days during racing season www.chezpierrerestaurant.comChanneling Pierre Franey ~ Chez Pierre is just north of Saratoga, hidden away on Route 9 between Northway exits 16 and 17. The website lists their address as Gansevoort, which is really five miles […]
Le Canard Enchaine 276 Fair Street Kingston, NY Phone: 845 339 2003 There was a time when our Wednesday night dinner crew, who drive from Ulster and Dutchess counties, would meet weekly in Kingston for dinner and cocktails. In the 1990’s one of our brethren had taken a job with the Shandaken police department. To […]
Cafe Les Baux 152 Church Street Millbrook, NY 845 677 8166 No list of local bistros would be complete without including Cafe Les Baux, Herve Bochard’s charming Millbrook eatery. A frequent destination for a lunch with Millbrook clients, I enjoy the restaurant’s authentic French bistro fare – Escargot au Pernod, Croque-Monsieur, Saucisson sec Beurre, Salade […]
We had dinner at Arielle in Rhinebeck last night, which was our first visit to the restaurant. The bistro has been near the top of the buzz charts locally for some time, and we were not disappointed with our meal. The space has the look and feel of a traditional Parisian brasserie; it looked […]