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Non-fusty romantic dinner in Hudson Valley?

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spidergirl222 Oct 7, 2008 02:55 PM

Hi,

My boyfriend and I are staying at the Buttermilk Falls Inn in Milton this weekend for our anniversary and we're looking for somewhere to have dinner Saturday night. Ideally we'd go to Swoon in Hudson but it seems to be too far a drive. Depuy Canal House and Ship's Lantern seem too fusty for us.

I've poked around on the CH boards and narrowed it down to:

- Elephant--though I'm not the biggest tapas fan
- The Would
- Madalin's Table--though it also might be too far a drive?

Any other suggestions? Or thoughts on the above?

Many thanks!!

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    gvogelge RE: spidergirl222 Oct 7, 2008 04:48 PM

    I've heard that the Would is very good - and haven't been to the other two, although I think they are probably about a 25-30 minute drive.

    I like the Raccoon Saloon, which is practically right down the road from Buttermilk Falls - they use fresh ingredients, it has more of a pub/saloon type feel, and they have many nice Irish beers on tap. Plus, their burgers are awesome.

    You could also head to New Paltz, which would be about 20 minutes away - Beso might be too fussy, but there is a new wine bar called 36 Main that looks very nice.

    You are going to love Buttermilk Falls - I hope your b/f is going to treat you to some spa stuff!

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      Bumstead RE: gvogelge Oct 8, 2008 01:52 PM

      I think the Would is a great suggestion, if you want to travel a bit how about Twist in Hyde Park? http://www.letstwist.com/
      Check this board - it's received some very good reviews.
      I do not recommend the Swoon, especially to someone driving an hour to get there. Madelin's Table in Tivoli is very good, and a bit closer than Hudson.

    2. MisterBill2 RE: spidergirl222 Oct 7, 2008 09:44 PM

      Hudson's not THAT far, is it? Not sure where you live but presumably it's going to be much closer than it would normally be. You may as well go to the best place you can in the general area.

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        gvogelge RE: MisterBill2 Oct 8, 2008 11:58 AM

        According to google maps, Hudson is 1 hour away from Milton. We live about 15 minutes south of Milton, and I remember thinking that Hudson seemed very far away.

      2. markp RE: spidergirl222 Oct 7, 2008 10:46 PM

        Based on your requirements and preferences, I highly recommend two relative newcomers with the region: the Busy Bee (just across the river in Poughkeepsie) great modern cooking, low key vibe; and the Global Palate (straight shot north up 9W in West Park) ambitious menu, commitment to local/organic ingredients, more formal setting. Enjoy and happy anniversary!

        1. jspear RE: spidergirl222 Oct 10, 2008 10:51 AM

          How about the Red Onion in Saugherties?? close enough??

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            MommyTwingle RE: jspear Oct 23, 2008 10:29 AM

            If you like Hudson, I think Ca Mea across the street from Swoon is much better!

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              Fred19 RE: MommyTwingle Oct 24, 2008 04:43 AM

              I like Casa Mia. After dinner, they used to put down a bottle of Anisette to go with the demi tasse. Raccoon Saloon is fine and there is a tremendous selection of beers.
              ~Fred19

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            spidergirl222 RE: spidergirl222 Oct 13, 2008 05:47 PM

            Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! We ended up taking a really nice drive up the Taconic to Hudson and going to Swoon, in part because, well, we figured MisterBill had a point! We enjoyed Swoon a lot--I had the duck confit and my boyfriend had the short ribs. Only thing that was lacking was the dessert--we got the hazelnut cake which was dry and not particularly memorable. But we loved the area and can't wait to go back and try some of these other recs, especially The Would and Madalin's Table. Thanks all!

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