There’s something cozy and romantic about having dinner in front of a fireplace, especially in winter. Here are six Hudson Valley restaurants to consider.
Barbara Gallo Farrell, Poughkeepsie Journal
To get away from the thriving village of New Paltz, the wealthy Hasbrouck family built an imposing stone house and accompanying country estate in the nearby Ulster County hamlet of Stone Ridge in 1757.
Today, the historic Hasbrouck House and its surrounding unspoiled 40 acres of countryside remains one of Stone Ridge’s great treasures, perched rather grandly above busy Route 209 in the heart of town. The cozy restaurant and tavern inside the old stone house has seen many incarnations in recent decades.
Butterfield, a restaurant that showcases local Hudson Valley fare, is in the swank 20-room Hasbrouck House, a boutique hotel in Stone Ridge. (Photo: Emma Tuccillo)
In 2016, Brooklyn developers, designers and business partners Akiva Reich and Eitan Baron bought the old place and undertook a major rehab and update to create a swank 20-room boutique hotel and a new spiffed up restaurant called Butterfield that showcases local Hudson Valley fare.
The place looks great, now done up in deep blue historic colors that show off the old stonework, heavy wooden doors, large windows and thick walls. It still feels authentic and unostentatious, not twee at all.
There are now 20 guest rooms in 17 suites, with prices ranging from $300 to $825 in high season. Hotel amenities include Frette linen, Kiehls products, an iHome docking station and a Tesla car charger.
For the restaurant, there is an on-site smokehouse and a large garden. In the dining room, the décor includes handsome marble-top tables, banquettes on two walls and bentwood chairs.
In recent weeks, we’ve had the weekend brunch a couple of times and also stopped in on a Sunday evening for snacks and a beer. For the most part the food was very good and it’s a pretty, comfortable room.
Service was friendly and solicitous, if a tad tentative.
The restaurant seats about 40 people, with room for another 32 diners on an outdoor patio when the weather is nice.
The 25-seat bar room, which sits just to the left of the front door of the inn, is fun and cozy. I’ve stopped in for a festive cocktail or two on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve over the years.
In warm weather and daylight, the spacious grounds are certainly worth a walk-around before or after a meal. There is a 3,750-square-foot bluestone patio, an inviting wraparound covered porch and a wooded path to a pond.
What we tried
Huevos Rancheros: This was delicious, with a spicy salsa made from dried chilies, tomato and garlic and topped with two over-easy eggs, cotija cheese and cilantro, and served with “breakfast potatoes.” My only quibble was that I thought it needed a bread element.
Eggs Benedict: Another winner, served with the same potatoes and made here with a tasty sweet-and-sour roasted tomato and prosciutto instead of ham along with the standard poached eggs, hollandaise and toasted muffin. The potatoes were nicely loaded with peppers and onions and well seasoned. I just wish they were hotter, at both of the brunches we sampled.
Bloody Mary: Excellent – spicy and very fresh, boozy and big.
Butterfield Burger: They serve a very good burger here, made with an interesting blend of ground beef, sirloin and short rib and served with a Cheddar cheese sauce and iceberg lettuce on a house-made brioche bun. Great fries on the side.
Drinks and dessert
Wines by the glass range from $10 to $14, with most bottles in the $50 to $75 range. There are usually four local beers on tap (try whatever they’re offering from Arrowood Farm-Brewery in Accord), at $8 a pint. The cocktails list is lively and interesting, priced from $10 to $15.
Desserts ($9 to $12) are made in house and usually include an apple pastry, s’mores, flourless chocolate cake, panna cotta, and gelato and sorbet.
A mix of tourists and hotel guests, weekenders and locals.
Happy Hour runs from 5 to 6 p.m. every day that the restaurant is open, with some $5 beers and glasses of wine. On Wednesdays, you can get a burger and a beer for $15. And it’s $10 mussels and wine bottle discounts on Thursdays.
What we will order next
Pilsner Battered Cauliflower or the Ember Roasted Beets
Brides and grooms
Hasbrouck House hosts eight to 10 weddings a year, from May through October (they are fully booked for 2019). They require a $9,500 site fee and a two-night buyout of all hotel rooms. The wedding party can also take over the restaurant, so be sure to call ahead to make sure it’s open (weekend reservations are a good idea anyway).
The quirky village of Rosendale is just a few miles away. The historic Rosendale Theatre, a nonprofit independent film house, is at 408 Main St. Check out the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, with its iconic formerly abandoned railroad trestle high above Main Street. It’s sort of the Rosendale version of the Walkway Over the Hudson. On Sundays when the weather is warm, there is an outdoor farmers market in Rosendale and a flea market in nearby High Falls.
THE 411 ON Butterfield at Hasbrouck House
Cuisine: Hudson Valley-based new American
Entrée price range: $26 to $38; $9 to $18 for brunch
Noise level: Generally moderate
Hours:5:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, till 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (bar opens at 5 p.m.), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for brunch, closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Go: 3805 Main Street, Stone Ridge, 845-687-0887, butterfieldstoneridge.com
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