Bear Mountain & Points North
I'll be heading upstate for a long weekend, staying at Bear Mountain and touring around to the north without a set itinerary -- possibly as far up as Kingston and down the east bank of the river. I'd really appreciate any recommendations for the following:
Bakeries/breakfast near Bear Mountain.
Birthday dinner or lunch anywhere as far up as Kingston or over to Red Hook -- would love to find a place with delicious, simple fare in a pretty setting -- my budget limit is in the mid-twenties for mains. It's for this coming Saturday so it would need to be a place where I can get a reservation on short notice.
Thanks very much!
I had a fantastic Hudson Valley weekend, here are a few notes.
On Friday evening we had dinner at Brasserie Le Bouchon in Cold Spring. I had the roast chicken – I was all excited by the menu listing of local, organic chicken – and my husband had rib eye steak. I think it might have been an off night, for they were both good, but not great. We loved the place though – the aesthetic and the staff were easygoing and comfortable. We were very pleased with the wines, and what *was* fantastic, was the mango sorbet: it had a lovely fresh, almost floral flavor. I would go back to try Le Bouchon again.
We had breakfast both mornings at Garrison Market. Alas they did not have chocolate babka either day, but I didn’t feel deprived with a fresh homemade jelly doughnut one day and a maple muffin the next. It was a great place to sit outside in the sun and hear a bit of local gossip as well. For those staying at Bear Mountain, it’s not far and worth the trip for a good breakfast (it’s not just sweets, they have eggs and such too).
After a birthday boat ride on the Hudson out of Kingston Saturday afternoon, we stopped in a corner café where I had Jane’s lemon sorbet, it was intensely lemony with tart shavings of lemon rind. I wasn’t familiar with Jane’s Ice Cream, but now I must seek it out!
We were still in Kingston as dinnertime approached, with Red Hook not far away. We ate at Flatiron, where I had swordfish steak with locally made kielbasa and fried baby artichokes. It was served in a bowl with broth, the fried artichokes on top of the fish so that they stayed crisp. This was fantastic! The broth was complex and flavorful, and with the sausage (its Polish provenance notwithstanding) the dish had a Portuguese sensibility. The crunchy baby artichokes were a perfect counterpoint to the meatiness of the fish. Dessert was a frozen mousse of roasted pineapple and coconut with crème anglaise. Roasting the pineapple mellowed and deepened its flavor, and blended perfectly with the creamy coconut, so delicious.
On the way home on Sunday we stopped in Newburgh, and had lunch at The Wherehouse. I had grilled brats with sauerkraut and gruyère, with crisp potato wedges. These were very good, the only thing was, the portion was enormous – it was like a platter of melted cheese. In a good way. Except I can’t imagine anyone eating it in one sitting. It made for a tasty lunch the next day.
So we didn’t make it to Terrapin or The Foundry this time, but I have kept my notes for the next trip. Thanks so much Hudson Valley Hounds!
Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed Garrison Market and Flatiron (and Jane's ice cream...=)) so much.
IMHO, I think Terrapin is overrated. I think that their fried calamari appetizer with pineapple dipping sauce is excellent, but i haven't been particularly impressed with their other appetizers or entrees. If you liked Brasserie Le Bouchon, you would love Le Petit Bistro in Rhinebeck:
If you go up 9D north from the Bear Mountain bridge to Garrison (about 5 miles or so), you'll see Garrison Market on the left side. They have some great baked goods there. I'm partial to their chocolate babka. They also have excellent wraps and sandwiches for lunch. I think they might be open for breakfast as well. I do know that they have Jane's ice cream....good stuff.
Flatiron Grill in Red Hook is very good for dinner:
I don't think you'll need reservations, but the ambiance is really nice...modern, but cozy. I've had their roasted shrimp scampi, steak (I don't remember which cut), and mac 'n' cheese. All very good. Have a great birthday weekend!
All I can tell you is that I wouldn't look south to the Northern Westchester area for bakeries because there are none to speak of, I agree with BAFU, I think Cold Spring could be a target area for you. Going north I have been to Terrapin in Rhinebeck, NY which I believe is just south of Red Hook. That was very good and they also have a wonderful tapas menu........ http://www.terrapinrestaurant.com/men...