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saritasel Jul 20, 2007 11:28 AM

Any ideas of good local restaurants to check out on a weekend trip to Storm King and Dia Beacon? Had wanted to check out the CIA but they are on summer vacation. Thought to try Blue Hill on the way back to the city, but didn't think of it far enough in advance (they suggested 10PM!). Would love to try a low-key small local restaurant. Welcome any suggestions...thanks.

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    bob gaj Jul 20, 2007 12:04 PM

    tonique! tonique! tonique!
    (beacon)

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      bob gaj Jul 20, 2007 01:54 PM

      i should say more - there's been a recent discussion of tonique on this board, a couple people other than myself have been there, and i thought it was a knockout for this area...

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      serveitforth Jul 20, 2007 12:15 PM

      Try The Village Tea Room Restaurant in New Paltz. Beautifully prepared clean food from local farms. Tagliata steak with shallots and herbs was delicious.

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        dolores Jul 20, 2007 12:48 PM

        I had a delightful dinner at Arch in Brewster awhile ago.

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          Sambossanova Jul 20, 2007 01:10 PM

          I believe that is WAY out of the way

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            dolores Jul 21, 2007 05:32 AM

            It is right off 1-684. Isn't that 'back to the city'?

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              Elisa515 Jul 21, 2007 03:22 PM

              no, Brewster and 684 are waaaay out of the way of "back to the city" from Beacon and Newburgh. Brewsters is on the easternmost part of Dutchess/Putnam and Beacon and Newburgh straddle the Hudson River.

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          Sambossanova Jul 20, 2007 01:12 PM

          Try Zeph's in Peekskill. Charming historical location and great food. If you come back down through I87 then you can try some places in Nyack (Wasabi? and a couple otehr oens are supposed to be good) or maybe try Xaviars or freelance cafe in piermont.

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            Elisa515 Jul 21, 2007 03:24 PM

            For dinner, try Jacklope Texas BBQ in Fishkill. It's at the spot that used to house Umami (same owners, but they wanted to try a different cuisine).

            I second the suggestion for Zeph's. You'll need a reservation. 914-736-2159.

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              saritasel Jul 24, 2007 12:47 PM

              Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. Ended up eating dinner at tonique. Although some dishes were excellent it was pretty uneven. Seemed to be trying too hard and really missed on a couple items. For example, one of my dishes was a spinach tagliatelle with a mushroomy sauce and seafood. The sauce was almost identical to the sauce on one of our apps (where it was put to better use) and the mussels were overcooked. Mentioned the overcooked mussels to the server but got no response (she said she'd tell the chef). On the other hand, thought the meat, chicken and lamb were outstanding in quality and texture. If I went back I'd stick to the simpler items. Ended up making picnic lunches with some help from the farmers markets. Regretably did not note the name but had a FANTASTIC aged local cheese from the stand at the Cold Spring market on Saturday.

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                Sambossanova Jul 24, 2007 11:52 PM

                I hope everyone doesnt go all crazy on me, but I could have probably seen this coming. I imagine you were coming from NYC? If thats the case you should have tried something less city esque. Tonique seems a bit trendy/sophisticated/cosmopolitan for an area that ten years ago was...very different. Oh well.

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