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Hi, I am new to the area and am really excited about all of the farm to table restaurants here. I have come from the west coast so I am pretty spoiled when it comes to farmer's markets and local seasonal fare. I am willing to drive anywhere if it is worth the time so I am interested in your favorites. Also I am a craft beer freak and would love suggestions in that department as well. Thanks!

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  1. from what i've heard, we (hudson valley) are way behind west coast area on food-to-table. but it's growing slowly. basement bistro = virtally impossible to get reservations. my fave places which are similar include: artist's palate (POK) and elephant wine/tapas (kingston). you can check twist in hype park, serevan in amenia...there's a place in philmont (local 111) but it's not amazingly good, etc. but the hudson valley is huge, knowing where in the hv would be a help...

    craft beer - go to half time on route 9. looks like a generic store, has 1500+ beers you can buy in individual bottles, and 10 micros on tap - you have to buy a small bottle for them.

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    1. re: bob gaj

      I am in Ulster County. Any thoughts on the Canal House or Chefs on Fire? I have been to the Artist's Palate and enjoyed it. Twist and Elephant are on my list.

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      The Artist's Palate
      307 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

      1. re: saraheartsny

        that helps then. i think the would (highland) is at least partly farm to table; they had chickens wandering around, almost in the parking lot, last time i went there.

        global palate (west park) is as well, i thought it was just ok.

        canal house - here's what i thought about it:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/435361

        new paltz has been discussed here on the boards, you can check in the archives.

        also go to the village bakery in gardiner for their cream cheese cakes, they're outstanding.

        1. re: bob gaj

          thanks, much appreciated! cream cheese cake...yum!

    2. Twist in Hyde Park is good, also Poppy's in Beacon makes delicious burgers using beef and other things from Kiernan Farms in Ulster County.

      The Gilded Otter in New Paltz and Hyde Park Brewing Company are the two main brewpubs in the area, I think The Gilded Otter's beer is a bit better but nothing amazing. I think Skytop in Kingston makes their own beer as well and is related to the Hyde Park Brewing Company. Keegan Ales in Kingston is worth a trip, very casual bar area and friendly people. They only make 3 different beers but I really like them all. Captain Lawrence in Pleasantville is another good brewery if you are a bit further south. And yes, Halftime is great to buy microbrews. Where are you located?

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      1. re: Solstice444

        Thanks for the info! I am in Ulster County so I think all of these places are pretty convenient. I'll let you know how it goes!

        1. re: saraheartsny

          welcome to the area!

          Keegan ales in Kingston, in my opinion, is by far the best beer in the area and it's also a really fun atmosphere. They have three standard beers available at all times but often have other one offs available on tap. Ulster county, to my knowledge, doesnt have a true "farm to table" dining experience but we have plenty of restaurants that lean very heavily on locally sourced products many of which bob gaj mentioned. New world (which can be hit or miss) and the Red Onion are in woodstock and are worth checking out and use local products when available.

          Be sure to spend some time at the kingston farmer's market on Saturday mornings and be VERY sure to try elephant soon.

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          Red Onion
          1654 Route 212, Saugerties, NY 12477

          1. re: jaylowe

            awesome, I have had the Mother's Milk and loved it. I am super excited to check this place out!

      2. Red Devon in Bangall (north of Amenia).. Note the address says Stanfordville.

        Valley in Garrison

        Xaviars in Piermont is now doing a Sunday Farm to Table menu. Here is this week's, they just sent it out:

        Sunday June 13th, 2010

        Sunday Evening Farm-to-Table Menu
        Price Fixed at $55.00 per person
        served from 5:00 till 8:00

        Sunday June 6th Menu
        Amuse Bouche of Lobster & Herbs
        Lobster Ravioli with Shallots & Snipped Chives
        Sorrel Foam & Crisp Leek
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        First Course
        Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Marcona Almonds

        Silver Queen Corn & Fava Bean Succotash

        Almond Aioli & Brown Butter
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        Second Course
        Filet of Organic New York State Raised Bison

        Local Spring Onions & Marble Fingerling Potatoes Boulanger

        Sauce of Summer Truffles & Port
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        Third Course
        Hot Souffli of Local Strawberries

        Creme Fraiche Ice Cream
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        Coffee Service

        Petit Fours & Chocolates

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        Red Devon Restaurant
        108 Hunns Lake Rd, Stanfordville, NY 12581

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        1. re: MisterBill2

          Wow, that looks amazing! I had not yet heard of Xaviars, but I have been to the Red Devon and Valley websites and can't wait to go there. I just read an article in the NYT about a cheesecake at the Valley that is deep fried in polenta batter and am really excited to go try it.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/nyr...

          Thanks for the info!

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          Red Devon Restaurant
          108 Hunns Lake Rd, Stanfordville, NY 12581

          1. re: saraheartsny

            The cheesecake corndog at Valley is AMAZING!

        2. Swoon in Hudson is my favorite in the Farm to Table category.

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          1. re: darkamber

            Swoon is great. Madalin's Table in Tivoli is also worthy of consideration.

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            Madalin's Table
            53 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583

            1. re: rrems

              oh yes, Swoon looks absolutely amazing. I think it will be well worth the trip. I had not heard of Madalin's but will look into it. Thanks!

          2. Cafe Mio in Gardiner is excellent for breakfast or lunch. My in-laws live in Gardiner and go there frequenty, and they take us there whenever we go visit them.
            You can see the menu on their website (http://www.miogardiner.com/index.html), but they also have a ton of specials that change every week depending on what they get from the local farms. If you go on their facebook fan page, they list the weekly specials.
            The owner/chef is a CIA graduate.

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            Cafe Mio
            2356 Route 44 55, Gardiner, NY 12525

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            1. re: happy004

              Thanks happy! Breakfast and brunch are my favorite meals of the day. :)

              1. re: saraheartsny

                Does anybody have any farm-to-table suggestions for a wedding rehearsal dinner not much more than 30 minutes by train or in the car from Tarrytown? Excluding Stone Barns, that is. The suggestions above look great but are mostly a little distant. I was thinking of The Cookery or Juniper or X20?

                1. re: johannabanana

                  I don't know about Juniper, but I wouldn't classify either the Cookery or X2O as farm to table per se. I know that they do feature _some_ farmers' market stuff at the Cookery sometimes (we had a dish with stinging nettles there when they were in season) and X2O features _some_ local stuff but other stuff is oddly out of season considering how upscale it is, BUT they do have a Sunday night farm-to-table prix fixe menu either at X2O or at one of Peter Kelly's other restaurants. Maybe they could put together a special menu at one of the restaurants for you. As far as logistics go, it would really depend on how many people you have. The Cookery is pretty small, whereas X2O is much larger, though I'm sure you'd have to reserve for a large group far in advance. I'm not familiar with the other restaurants in the X2O family.

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                  X2O
                  71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                    The Sunday Farm-to-Table deal ($55) is at Xaviars in Piermont (which is within 30 minutes of Tarrytown, although people would have to cross the Tappan Zee Bridge (presumably twice).

                    1. re: MisterBill2

                      Thanks -- I guess we'd be better settling with somewhere seasonal as the dinner's going to be on a Saturday night and we'll likely be too many people (perhaps as many as 50) to fit into Xaviers at Piermont.

                      1. re: johannabanana

                        It's a little further away than you wanted but you could look into Tavern or Valley in Garrison. The chef from Tavern has recently changed. Valley is definitely farm-to-table.

                        X2O would be a great place for the meal, even if it's not farm-to-table.

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                        X2O
                        71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

                        1. re: MisterBill2

                          Adding another post so I can include links to Tavern and Valley.

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                          Valley Restaurant
                          2015 Route 9, Garrison, NY 10524

                          Tavern Restaurant
                          Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524