Any Taconic Parkway dining suggestions?
Everyone was so helpful with restaurant ideas for my weekly Friday evening trek up RT 17 in New Jersey (see "Rt 17 NJ dining suggestions? South City Grill?" post below) - I thought I'd see if there are any suggestions for our Sunday night return down the Taconic Parkway (on Sunday's the NY thruway is so packed - we take this shortcut).
We get on right at the Taconic Diner (Hudson exit) so we know about that one, and have been to all the excellent restaurants in Tivoli many times, but would love some new places to hound along this route (we stay on all the way down to the Saw Mill)
thanks in advance!
Try going further south on Route 9. In Rhinebeck itself, there is Foster's Coach House. Haven't been there in awhile but always had a good meal.
Also still further south on 9, just past the Dinsmore Golf Course turn into the spur for Norrie Point. Go up the road to the hamlet and try Portofino's. Muggs does great meals.
Right off the Taconic at the Rt. 55 exit is a diner called The Daily Planet. It is on the south side of Rt. 55 just west of the Parkway. As is the case at several other of these newer diners, it has been designed with a retro-look (in this case, a lot of 50's and 60's TV. It offers a wide variety of ood and portion sizes tend to be big. We particularly like the pastries.
I know the options well. Because the Taconic doesn't go through villages/towns, you have to go several miles from any exit to eat, except for Jenny's BBQ on 199 in Milan, which I don't think is good (though others like it).
The best places I can think of that are nearish to the Pkway are: Jeannie Beanie's in the old general store on Salt Point Turnpike just east of the Taconic in Clinton Cors. They are only open weekends and do traditional English stuff like steak pie, fish & chips, and pasties. Their hours are limited, so you might call to make sure they're open. But the food is good.
There's a good tin diner in Millbrook Village on Route 44 a few miles from the Taconic, and another good diner outside the village in the shopping center on Route 44, next to Brennan's market.