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  |   October 31, 2018  |  Comment

The region’s food and drink scene is always evolving. Here are some of the latest and greatest in cafes, restaurants, and bars serving up innovative cuisine across the Valley.

302 Warren Street in Hudson had a glamorous transformation over the past year and will open as The Maker, an 11-room hotel, by summer 2019. For now, you can enjoy the lounge—a high-ceilinged opus of a room that F. Scott Fitzgerald would be quite at home in, filled with private nooks and ever-changing design vignettes. The menu features globetrotting wines and beers, snacks (duck egg, caviar), dips (carrot hummus, pistachio pate), and plates large and small, from roasted cauliflower and steak tartare to shrimp with fennel and kimchi cocktail sauce.

The Farmers & Chefs brand has been around for a while with their highly visible, fire-engine-red food trucks. Earlier this year, John Lekic, the culinary mastermind behind the food trucks (and Le Express French bistro), took over the former location of Andy’s Place in Poughkeepsie and began renovations. Now, its first brick-and-mortar restaurant offers farm-to-table fare including their signature omelets and salads, lobster spaghetti, Portuguese octopus, and several vegan entrees.

Chef Bryan Calvert’s Binnekill Tavern just opened in September in the village of Margaretville. It joins an influx of new businesses opening up in the Delaware County village after the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. This is just the well-regarded chef’s latest venture—he’s known for reviving Brooklyn’s food scene with James restaurant in Prospect Park. Needless to say, there’s much anticipation behind this one.

In September, Midtown Kingston welcomed Lis Bar. Lis (pronounced “lease”) is Polish for “fox,” named after Foxhall Avenue, where the area’s newest restaurant and bar can be spotted by its cursive neon sign, which is contrasted by the black-painted building. In addition to a choice cocktail list, Lis serves Polish small plates, including pierogies, gołąbki (cabbage), kielbasa, and some more obscure dishes you haven’t heard of. The space has been lovingly restored and elevated with mix-and-match vintage furniture and light fixtures.

The vegan trend is holding fast, with thousands of converts giving up animal products every year. Wildflower Cafe, Red Hook’s new vegan burger bar, caters to this growing population. Serving up best in show meat-imitation burgers and hotdogs, along with “milk”shakes, onion rings, and fries, this cafe has all the fast-food staples with none of the questionable ethics.

 

 

Pictured above: Binnekill Tavern, Margaretville

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