This is our “Top 10” list of North Country dining destinations. They are “our favorites” for a variety of reasons – a solid kitchen that thinks local and fresh, comfortable casual space, maybe a friendly bar or a well chosen reasonably priced wine list (and ideally all of the above)
The Uptown in Hague on Lake George is the real deal. A first-rate kitchen preparing fresh local ingredients with creative riffs on traditional dishes. One of the best restaurants in the Adirondacks and one of our “Top 10 North Country Favorites”
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.
Farm to table is not a marketing slogan at Eat ‘n Meet Grill. The kitchen’s obsession is on quality, fresh – local when possible – ingredients. Chef Vargo reached out to the local growers early on and has cultivated those relationships not just as suppliers, but also to use his kitchen to prepare their produce in offerings for the local farmers markets.
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.
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.
Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant 3123 US Route 44 Gardiner, NY 12525 845 255 9766 Lunch and Dinner, Wednesday through Sunday Closed Monday and Tuesday www.mountainbrauhaus.com This perennial Hudson Valley favorite has been serving up great food and great times since 1955. We have been dining here regularly for over thirty years. The proprietor, Mark Ruoff, is the […]
Turtle Island Cafe 3790 Main Street, Willsboro, NY 518-963-7417 Website Lunch: Friday though Sunday Dinner: Thursday through Monday Recently I received emails from two different readers suggesting a visit to the Turtle Island Cafe in Willsboro. (#HatTip to Jack and Mike. Many thanks!) The restaurant’s website piqued our interest, offering hints of a kitchen committed to […]
Le Express Bistro and Bar 1820 New Hackensack Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 Phone: 845.849.3565 Lunch: Monday ~ Friday Dinner: Monday ~ Saturday Some rumored changes at Le Express Bistro prompted us to visit, and our Wednesday night crew stopped in last night for dinner. John Lekic, who was one of the original owners, […]
Il Cenacolo 228 South Plank Road Newburgh, NY12550 Lunch: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri Dinner: Wed through Monday Closed Tuesday Phone 845.564.4494 Website It has been almost twenty five years since Il Cenacolo opened its doors, in 1988. I still can recall the excited phone call from a friend that prompted my first visit to the […]