Sips & Bites: 5 places to eat this month | January 2022 | General food and beverages | Hudson Valley
3074 Route 9, Valatie; Harvestsmokehouse.com
At Harvest Smokehouse in Valatie, chef and former CIA alumnus Andrew Chase advocates for an authentically Upstate style of barbecue. Located on Golden Harvest Farm, the restaurant uses leftover apple trees from orchards to smoke meat bseasoned and seasoned with sauces made from apple juice, cider and vinegar produced on site. The process creates an understated and balanced barbecue in a way that allows diners to taste the more subtle notes of wood and the natural sweetness of the fruit. Chase stays away from the stronger flavor of the beef, so don’t go for the brisket. Instead, try the St. Louis Half or Full Rack Ribs ($ 15, $ 26). Pulled pork is sold by the half pound or the whole pound ($ 9, $ 16) or get a whole pork sandwich with all the fixings ($ 16). Less common barbecue joint choices include turkey breast, bratwurst sausage, and jerk chicken. All main courses are served with cornbread and gravy. Additional sides include Hudson Valley versions on classics like Cider Coleslaw, Red Cabbage Sauerkraut, Sweet Corn, Potato Salad, Smoked Macaroni and Cheese, and Baked Beans. drunken cider.
Reserve wine bar
173 Main Street, Beacon; Reservabeacon.com
Tanner Townsend is a name primarily associated with coffee, as the owner of three Krafted Cup locations in Dutchess County. But in early December, Townsend expanded his repertoire to include fine wines with the opening of the Reserva Wine Bar in Beacon with his fiance and business partner, Pedro Sousa. Located in the former Chill Wine Bar location on Main Street, Reserva takes over its predecessor’s mantle as Beacon’s only wine bar, but with a refined twist on the vibe. The exposed brick wall behind the bar is adorned with period mirrors. The space is full of caramel leather, from the stools to the cabins; a dark blue bar with a white quartz countertop nicely offsets the gold and brass accents, creating an elegant clubhouse vibe. The duo are working with small distributors to organize a wine list of under-represented grape varieties. There will also be platters of cheese and cold meats, giardiniera and spicy nuts, the menu expanding over time. Sousa’s Brazilian heritage shows up here and there, from bossa nova music reservations to the food and even the wine list. Wines by the glass cost between $ 12 and $ 16, with bottles ranging from $ 80 to $ 200. Are you celebrating a birthday or a special occasion? Delve into Reserva’s wine list, which features premium bottles with prices north of $ 300.
Reserva wine bar: Beacon’s newest drinker: Live music, wine by the glass, and snacks in an upscale environment
Reserva wine bar: Beacon’s newest drinking trough
Live music, wine by the glass, and snacks in an upscale environment
By Marie Doyon
10 Banks Street, Accord; Inness.co
Since its acquisition by New York-based designer, restaurateur and hotelier Taavo Somer, the former Rondout Golf Club d’Accord has been reborn under the name Inness, a high-end hotel destination with 40 rooms, a restaurant, a boutique on the farm, two swimming pools, tennis courts, and yes, a nine hole golf course. Golf isn’t for everyone, but the farm-to-table fare at Inness adjacent to the Links is sure to draw a constant crowd. With an emphasis on local sourcing and seasonality, Inness Restaurant mainly focuses on wood-fired dishes prepared on smokers and outdoor grilling and served in a chic and modern environment, in the middle of blond wood, vintage rugs and flamboyant fireplaces. With windows facing west, you have a view of the greens and the sunset behind the Catskill Mountains as you sip your craft cocktails or eat your meal. Inness’s dinner menu includes choices like Denver steak served with new potatoes, charred turnips and taleggio ($ 46) or Berkshire pork chop served with braised greens and celeriac ( $ 42). There aren’t a ton of vegetarian options, just cacio e pepe on the menu in early December. On weekends, brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers both sweet and savory dishes, such as French toast served with honey butter, maple syrup and sesame ($ 17) or a salad of smoked white fish, pickles, a hard-boiled egg and toast ($ 16).
Halcyon all day coffee
6384 Mill Street, Rhinebeck; Halcyonrhinebeck.com
Rhinebeck’s newest restaurant, Halcyon All Day Cafe serves traditional dishes for breakfast and lunch, including toast topped with ricotta and homemade jam, salads and bowls of rice. This is the latest project of Daniel Bagnall (of Sonder Wine Bar), who set out to create a laid-back place that could feed the local community any time of the day. The west coast native brings a piece of California to Rhinebeck with his whitewashed coffee, sunny yellow counter and bistro tables. There are plenty of options for vegetarians, from avocado toast with roasted cauliflower and drizzled with chili oil ($ 9), to shakshuka ($ 14.95) to the bowl of beetroot hummus served with pickled tofu, pickled radishes, crushed chickpeas, cucumber and zucchini ($ 9.95). But the boutique’s sandwiches, served on bread pudding baked on site, are the stars of the menu. There’s a classic breakfast option: bacon, egg, and cheese, with bacon roasted in agave nectar ($ 7). Or for a hearty lunch, check out the Grilled Skirted Steak Sandwich, topped with Chimichurri and Roasted Garlic Aioli ($ 14.95).
Halcyon All Day Cafe makes breakfast and lunch classics in Rhinebeck: This quaint cafe serves traditional coffee dishes, while maintaining a sunny disposition for its diners
Halcyon All Day Cafe makes breakfast and lunch classics in Rhinebeck
This quaint cafe serves traditional coffee dishes, while maintaining a sunny disposition for its diners
Rhinebeck’s newest cafe serves a traditional breakfast and lunch to locals and visitors alike. This is the latest project from owner Daniel Bagnall, who wants the restaurant to bring California sunshine to the streets of the Hudson Valley.
By Kerri Kolensky