While great BBQ might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of restaurants in the Hudson Valley, your chances of finding some good ribs and brisket are awfully high here. 82BBQ which opened recently in Verbank (near Millbrook) has raised that BBQ bar a little higher. We went for lunch on a Friday and quickly became fans. It’s a nicely designed room with your choice of a communal high-top table, or smaller tables for 2 or 4 and there’s a big patio with che
Summer officially ends on Sept. 22nd. Here’s some worthy culinary destinations you should try to check out and several important early fall harvest season food festivals, too. COOL JAZZ AT ALVIN & FRIENDS, NEW ROCHELLE! Proprietor, artist, model, and consummate host Alvin Clayton is approaching his 10th year in New Rochelle with solid doses of American Soul Food, a taste of the Caribbean, and spirited jazz sessions. Alvin & Friends Restaurant has a sophisticated Manhattan vi
It’s probably a pretty safe bet that you’ve got a list of restaurants that want to try one of these days, right? Ramon Pinero, owner of CE Avengers and creator of the Hudson Valley Gold Rewards, understands that and wants to make it easier for you to actually try them by introducing a new program to the Hudson Valley — Try Something New. The first on “Try Something New” dinner is just around the corner, on Wednesday May 1st from 5:30-7:30. The featured restaurant is Café Con
It was the last thing I expected from Barbaro an Italian newcomer to Millbrook. It was described as “crispy squid, herb-cornichon aioli, spicy arrabbiata”. It was delicious! It was more than delicious, it’s raised the bar for fried calamari (trust me, days later I turned down the chance for fried calamari at a legendary Boston seafood restaurant). The squid was incredibly tender, even the little tentacle pieces, lightly breaded and perfectly fried. The two sauces that accompa
Sometimes you’re really rooting for a restaurant to be good and to survive. Since we’re always on the lookout for ethnic food in the HV and love Middle Eastern foods, this was the case when we first saw the sign for Casablanca, a new Moroccan restaurant in what’s quickly becoming Poughkeepsie’s Restaurant Row. It’s run by a husband and wife, Azeddine and Mary—he’s Moroccan, she’s Irish and has a soft spot for all things related to Casablanca, the movie. Stills from the film
BIKE, SHOP, EAT & A MOVIE! If you are looking for a day full of adventure including cycling, shopping in a quintessential Hudson Valley village, eating yummy food at every turn, plus a drive-in movie, look no farther than the Harlem Valley Rail Trail from Amenia to Millerton. This 15 mile paved bike trail is shaded, flat and stunning! What more could you want? Oh, scrumptious food and fabulous shopping, too? Well, your adventure itinerary begins in Amenia as you pedal pas
Catch 38 is a bright airy take on an upscale seafood shack. It’s definitely upscale, and very much not a shack. There is plenty of good seafood and enough meat options to please carnivores too. This winter Owners, Chef Wesley Dier & Bryn Bahnatka-Dier, decided to close their long time popular restaurant, Local, and change the concept. After months of renovations they recently reopened, and we had to try it. We started with a dozen oysters from the West Coast, 6 each of Totte
It’s always fun to get to sit down with the owner of someplace you’ve eaten at and liked for a while. I got to sit down with Buffy Arbogast of Babette’s Kitchen in Millbrook recently and talk to her about what it takes to run a café. Babette’s Kitchen is celebrating 12 years in business--6 years in their current location, the “sunny side of the street” according to Buffy. She started Babette’s Kitchen in May of 2000 and “never looked back.” We chatted over a really refreshing
You’ve probably driven past Paula’s Public House on New Hackensack Road in Poughkeepsie. If you’re someone like me, you’ve driven by it many times. This time we stopped and had lunch. The restaurant opened in 2016 after Paula Young Borra bought the property with a vision of creating a friendly gastropub, where people could come in, feel comfortable, relax, and enjoy good conversation. She hit the nail on the head. We started lunch by splitting the seared sesame crusted Ahi tu
If you’re willing to wait out in the rain at the side of a re-purposed Airstream for your lunch, it must be pretty special. And, if the person waiting in the rain is one of your best customers, getting ready to load up because he’s going out of town on a job and won’t be back for a few days, it must be very special! Welcome to Papa’s Best Batch where “it’s all about the product”. I spent a fun afternoon with Jonathan and Jody, buddies since their college days, at their origin
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory is just celebrating their first year and celebrate they should! It’s a wonderful space where on the ground floor you’ll find comfy chairs, tables to work at with Earth Wind & Fuego and North River Roasters to keep you properly fed and caffeinated. We stopped in for lunch to check out Earth Wind & Fuego. Their goal is to provide great lunches with a healthy twist or as Madeline Sabril Henriquez says it’s a “paradigm shift to what people typic
What could make a parent happier than seeing their physically challenged child take their first horseback ride and then devour a cookie dough ice cream? This heavenly dream is made possible at Hidden Hollow Farms Riding Center & Letti’s Ice Cream in Milan, NY. The mission of the farm is to provide a safe, educational and pleasurable therapeutic riding facility for people with or without disabilities. “Thanks to Hidden Hollow, I'm able to ride for the first time since last y
Nic L Inn has been a fixture by the Poughkeepsie waterfront for a number of years. The service is friendly and the food is always good. We decided to pop in recently to check out a new menu item—a red wine linguini prepared table-side in a giant wheel of Grana Padano (a close cousin of Parmesan). Since we know from past meals there, that the portions are generous, we decided to start with the linguini and skip appetizers. Our server wheeled a cart over that had a small burne
Valentine's Day might mean flowers and fancy meals for some. But for me, this holiday is synonymous with chocolate and all things sweet. This is where The Chocolate Studio in Beacon comes into play. It’s a wonderful little shop that always smells delicious! Eight years ago, two sisters, Regina Furphy and Anne St. George, open the Chocolate Studio Main Street in Beacon. Growing up in an Italian family they had spent much time in the kitchen and it was from these childhood memo
One of the big advantages good chefs have over the rest of us, is the ability to properly season food. Although all the dishes we had the other night at Essie’s in Poughkeepsie were really well seasoned, it was that night’s special, skate, served with Jerusalem artichokes, broccolini, potatoes and mushrooms in a spiced brown butter sauce, where this was deliciously apparent. If you’re a fish fan and you’ve never had skate, you owe it to yourself to try it, and way Brandon Wal
If you’re looking for a good ways to give back and get some holiday shopping done, you might want to look at Sparrow’s Nest. “Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley was created in 2012 with the simple idea of cooking for the families of local moms diagnosed with cancer. The dream to help these caregivers of children started with 6 families and has grown into feeding over 1200 people since the charity’s inception. In June of 2017, the charity expanded its mission to include child
Savona’s Trattoria has been a fixture on the Kingston waterfront for over 10 years. Recently they decided to hop to the other side of the river and bring their Italian cuisine to the former Max’s BBQ space in Red Hook. At Savonna's you will find classic Italian dishes, based on family recipes, alongside of dishes that offer a more contemporary, modern take on Italian cooking. Owner, Stephen Savona and his family have been serving the Hudson Valley for over 30 years and they g
What's your favorite apple? Do you like them sweet and Delicious (pun intended)?
A classic McIntosh?
Or do you just want to have a good time with a Gala? It's time to put down that pumpkin latte and reach for an apple.
An apple is one of those very rare, sweet treats that is almost calorie-negative. That means you burn almost as many calories eating it as you take in. Good stuff, right? A large apple has only 116 calories, and, not to depress you, but that pumpkin latte? 4