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nice dining (with a 3 yr. old) around Rhinebeck, other than Gigi or Mercato?

adorno Dec 29, 2009 03:24 PM

I had posted a query earlier today about a nice lunch near Hyde Park. It now turns out we're going to be looking for a dinner place instead. It needs to be closer to Rhinebeck/Red Hook than Hyde Park and child friendly. Gigi is our fall back place and we ate at Mercato last night. We don't like China Rose and don't want to do a whole dinner at the Rhinecliff Hotel. Any other ideas?

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    hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: adorno Dec 29, 2009 04:47 PM

    I just made this recommendation in another post but I'd recommend Terrapin in Rhinebeck.


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      DGresh RE: adorno Dec 30, 2009 03:22 AM

      what about Bread Alone in Rhinebeck? I see they are now open for dinner. Casual and very family friendly. I had lunch there with my daughter (a teen) last summer and they had a lot of interesting choices.

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        hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: DGresh Dec 30, 2009 08:55 AM

        never been but aren't they a chain?

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          DGresh RE: hudsonvalleyfoodblog Dec 30, 2009 08:58 AM

          there are a couple (two or three?) locations, and they do show up at a lot of the farmers markets around to sell bread. Not really a "chain".

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            hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: DGresh Dec 30, 2009 09:01 AM

            oh ok, wasn't sure. I thought they had locations all over Manhattan. Maybe I'm thinking about another place.

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              markabauman RE: hudsonvalleyfoodblog Jan 6, 2010 03:49 AM

              I believe they may have a booth at the Union Square Greenmarket, possibly Fridays.

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            EZ Pass RE: hudsonvalleyfoodblog Dec 30, 2009 10:01 AM

            Absolutely not a chain. They're an excellent wholesale bakery with a few associated cafes in the Hudson Valley. I WISH they had locations all over Manhattan. Last year I spent a weekend in Rhinebeck and ate breakfast there every day.

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              hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: EZ Pass Jan 4, 2010 05:47 PM

              I wonder what place I'm thinking of. Thanks for the clarification.

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                tracyk RE: EZ Pass Jan 8, 2010 08:04 PM

                I wish I liked Bread Alone, but I find their bread, sandwiches and coffee to be a let-down. Soups are ok, but don't taste homemade. Pre-made salads are unnecessarily greasy. To me, it tastes like slightly upscale cafeteria food. Or what you would find in a museum cafe. Not terrible, but not good by any means. And overpriced for what it is.

          3. applesauce23 RE: adorno Jan 4, 2010 03:08 PM

            i've enjoyed my meals at aroi thai with my three kids (5 and 1 yr old twins). osaka is also pretty good.

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              rrems RE: adorno Jan 5, 2010 07:05 PM

              Madalin's Table in Tivoli, Starr Place in Rhinebeck.

              1. tracyk RE: adorno May 28, 2010 05:05 AM

                adorno, what is it you don't like about china rose? meeting friends there tonite. never been before.

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                  jellygood RE: adorno Oct 11, 2010 03:15 PM

                  Hi Adorno. We're weekenders with kids in Rhinebeck.

                  Gigi is our favorite dinner spot with the kids however it's $$$$.

                  Our favorite lunch spot is the Garden Cafe inside the Rhinebeck Health Food Store. Great smoothies, shakes, sandwiches etc - all homemade.

                  Terrapin has a good kids' menu (that includes veggies as a side dish - a rarity) is available I believe in both the main restaurant and the bistro and is reasonably priced.

                  We also love Momiji - the hibachi restaurant in the cobblestone courtyard behind Arielle/Bread Alone. The kids love the spectacle and the food is good, both the hibachi and the sushi.

                  Also... Village Pizza. Really the only thing to have here is the pizza - everything else is sub par, but the pizza is really good. Our kids adore it.

                  We don't like China Rose either. Everything comes covered in glue and there is a real lack of finesse in the kitchen. However our two kids are train nerds and love the view of the Amtrak. Such is life. So when we put the needs of our kids before our own, and through trial and error, we've worked out that the only things to order are steamed vegetables and brown rice which they can actually make without ruining. And before anyone suggests The Rhinecliff, which serves much better food, a customer there complained once about our noisy kids and we've never been brave enough to return! Ironic really as the disco noise coming out of that place at the weekends is deafening!

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