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Sep 3, 2008 01:24 PM

Kingston-New Paltz-Rhinebeck Triangle

My wife and I are headed up for some wine-trippin'. After extensive research on both Chowhound and other sites, I've come up with a short list of dinner stops. However, since we've never been up there (coming from out of state), we can't commit. So I'm hoping you NY Chowhounders can help out.

We're staying in Kingston and are planning on visiting at least Whitecliff, Rivendell, BenMarl and Millbrook wineries over the Oct. 10-13 weekend, along with a few more, as well as spending some time in Rhinebeck ad New Paltz.

Our restaurant list includes: The Red Onion in Woodstock; Le Canard Enchaine and Elephant in Kingston; Le Petit Bistro, Calico, Sabrosa and Terrapin in Rhinebeck; Harvest Wine Bar in New Paltz; and Cafe Le Beux in Millbrook. I know these vary to a degree on price/food/atmosphere, but the overall value and experience wil make us happiest We also have a list for breakfast/lunch, but we'll deal with those on the fly (though I have high hopes of making it to Sweet Sue's in Phoenicia).

Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks much in advance.

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  1. Also consider the Mountain Brauhaus both because it is situated along the Shawangunk Wine Trail and because the food is damn good!

    1. Nice job of research. I can't see a loser on your restaurant list

      For something fun and casual, consider the Armadillo Bar and Grill on Abeel Street in Kingston. Really good Tex-Mex food, great margaritas, and a cheeseburger that can hold its own with any in the country (order it medium rare).

      1. i love aramdillo's.

        and elephant wine bar rocks. i've posted about them here on ch before, and meant to post about last friday's meal there..small plates of (in no particular order) beef heart (which tastes amazing, like accelerated beef flavor), seared tuna with local beans and creme fraiche, duck rilletes, some chicken drumsticks which were cooked "basque style", pork belly & watermelon, and a steak bocadillo?

        in the past we've had serrano ham, chorizo and chocolate, and a bunch of others.

        i'd also recommend serevan in amenia, if you're in millbrook.

        but elephant is wonderful.

        1. I usually like to stop for lunch at Joshua's in Woodstock.

          1. I might switch out Harvest in New Paltz with the TeaRoom. Harvest is good, but I was just there on Saturday and the service was really terrible - no excuse that it was so busy, New Paltz is always busy on the weekends. The Tearoom is very good, and also has a nice wine selection.

            There is also a new wine bar & restaurant called something like 36 main. I haven't been there, but a friend says it is good. Also, since you'll be driving, try to avoid New Paltz's main street by taking alternate routes than the Thruway. It gets really congested!

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            1. re: gvogelge

              I agree with Bob...I have never had anything short of a great meal and a great time at elephant.

              In all honesty I would skip Terrapin. It is one of the most over rated restaurants I have ever been to. The food is slightly above average at best. It would be a shame to have that be one of only a few meals in the area. Consider switching that with The Bear Cafe just outside Woodstock. it offers much better food and much nicer environment.

              1. re: jaylowe

                I agree with jaylowe that Terrapin can be overrated, but I think going to the bistro side is actually a great meal with good prices. I would recommend eating dinner there and then walking over to Calico for dessert.

                Joshua's in Woodstock should not be missed. But be sure to make a reservation....

                1. re: cydsquid

                  One complain about the bistro side: the kitchen smoke/grease that gets on your clothes is really a bit unbearable for me last time when I went there with friends. Other than that, the little plates are decent.

                  1. re: moosesocks

                    We were in the Bistro in Terrapin, at the Bar actually on Sat pm and did not notice any smoke/grease problems. The food there is usually very good but the restaurant service is almost always problematic in my experience. However the Bistro side seems ok.

                    Also just tried Cue2Go as someone mentioned below - this is MUCH further north than your target area and IMO nothing special. While the ribs and chicken had a good smoky flavor, they were absolutely drowned in an unremarkable BBQ sauce. The chicken breast was dry. The owners were clearly overwhelmed with the dinner "rush" - trying to get out a catering order and wait on the 2 or 3 partied who had stopped in. Much closer to the area you mentioned is MAx's on RT 9 north of Rhinebeck. Better BBQ and a nice ambiance.

                    1. re: LJNew

                      our dining room service was fine, just fine ... a little uninterested and kind of going-through-the-motions, but always helpful, though we had few requests... general pet peeve alert... when serving warm bread, PLEASE make sure the butter is at least near room temp... ice-cold butter and warm bread do not mix (though it was not that warm and the cheese bread was kind of stale).. we still liked it very much, though not nearly as much as The Bear Cafe