Hyde Park / Rhinebeck
Heading to the Hudson River Valley for a much needed two night getaway. Looking for good food in nice atmosphere. Creativity without foam (emulsion?) please!
Tell me your secret places - I won't tell anyone!
Madalin's Table in Tivoli. Great food, local produce, contemporary but not cutting-edge, beautiful atmosphere.
If you will drive south to wappingers falls get to Aroma Osteria. A little bit of Tuscany on the hudson. Went there last Saturday, everything was great. Super pasta dishes, try the tortelini in a cream sauce and see if yur brains fall out. Penne with seafood in red sauce is delicious. Sausage with broccoli rabe. You can't really go wrong here.
You'll probably get other replies to this effect but since your header started with Hyde Park, you might want to check out Twist -- in H.P. on Route 9. A CIA grad doing nice American bistro food.
Since you're talking getaway, a nice thing to do would be to go to Rhinecliff and have a drink at the hotel (but not dinner -- which isn't very good). It's right on the water and very lovely. You could do that around 6PM and then go to one of the Rhinebeck restaurants for dinner (2 miles away). Most people would contend -- and I'd agree with them -- that Gigi's is the best of the Rhinebeck spots.
Just be sure to stay away from New World Home Cooking. It sucks beyond belief and somehow enjoys a reputation. Probably because of its owner/chef, Ric Orlando, who also has an undeserved reputation.
I will echo Clambelly's sentiment and tell you to avoid New World, for the same reasons. I will argue that Gigi is not the best restaurant in Rhinebeck. It is very good, no doubt, but I like Arielle and le Petit Bistro better. AVOID Terrapin. Yes, its a beautiful place, but the service is a joke, and the food is even worse. Inedible at times.
Better than all these suggestions is Mercato Tivolio, in Red Hook. Authentic trattoria fare from local ingredients, EXCELLENT wine list with very good prices. A no-brainer. I'll also second Madalin, which provides a very nice experience...