Lunch/Dinner Near Olana -- Recs Please!
Hi all, We're spending several days in Manhattan at the end of August. Our return trip to Boston will include a side trip up to the Hudson River Valley to visit Olana. While in the area, we also hope to hit a lot of shops and antique stores (particularly those that focus on vintage garden furniture / Federal furniture / mid-century modern furniture (yes, I know this is a weird combo!)). And of course, we need two fabulous lunches and dinners. We'll be doing a lot of over the top meals in NYC so prefer to keep this more low key but still high quality. Particularly would like to focus on locally sourced ingredients. Any suggestions as to restaurants and/or towns to stay in? All input is appreciated! Cheers, LP
Hudson has several nice B&B's where you could stay. There are also motels in the area that would be less expensive. This is not food-related so cannot make specific recs here, but try google and tripadvisor. For dining in Hudson I would look into Swoon and Helsinki. Ca Mea is good too. A bit farther afield but worth the drive are Swiss Hutte in Hillsdale, Mercato in Red Hook, Madalin's Table in Tivoli (this one is also a hotel), Carolina House in Kinderhook and The Greens at Copake Country Club. A new place I have not yet tried but looks very promising is the Vanderbilt House in Philmont, which has recently been refurbished and re-opened with a new chef. I do expect to go there in 2 weeks so will report on the results.
61 E Market St, Red Hook, NY
53 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583
PO Box 700, Kinderhook, NY 12106
Many thanks for the help! Our current thought is to stop in Rhinebeck on our way up from NYC. We'll explore that town and have lunch. Then on to Hudson for two nights. We've booked a room at an inn there. So now I'm exploring the suggested restaurants' websites and Chowhound posts to determine where to have our dinners. Will look into all the suggestions you both made. Thank you again! Cheers, LP
I can't believe no one has responded to this post so I will get the ball rolling. Olana is maybe 10 minutes from Hudson NY where you will find numerous antiques shops with several specializing in midcentury modern. They vary in price and selection but it is a good full days antiquing for sure. There are dozens of antique stores lining Warren St - the main street in town. Also Hudson has some very good restaurants which you will find discussed in other posts here - search Hudson and I am sure you will find a variety of opinions. I love Baba Louie, Wunderbar, and American Glory on the less pricey end, and if you want to pay more money - many rave about Ca'Mea and Swoon.
To the south about 1/2 hours ride down Rt 9 or Rt 9G is Rhinebeck with less antique stores these days but lots of charm and several good restaurants there as well - Terrapin, Le Petit Bistro, Gigi, and some new ones I hear good things about - Local, among others. Also - search this board for Rhinebeck and Dutchess Co. You can stop in Red Hook to antique on the way also.
I think Hudson fits your bill best but Saugerties has some nice antiques stores too. Also some good restaurants in that area - I personally love New World Home Cooking but it is controversial and some will flame it no doubt. CafeTamayo use dot be very good - have not eaten there in 10 yrs plus so I am not sure how it rates these days. No doubt others will have discussed Saugerties here.
I am not sure about places to stay since I live in the area and never need them. There are defintiely B&Bs and some motels and Rhinebeck has a lovely old Inn - Beekman Arms.
It is a wonderful region to visit - esp in the summer.
New World Home Cooking
1411 Route 212, Saugerties, NY 12477
Baba Louies Restaurant
517 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534