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Dining at Valley Restaurant at The Garrison

Dining + Inn + Weddings + Golf


 The Garrison in Putnam County is a Destination Restaurant in the Hudson Valley. It’s a favorite among locals, weekenders and people who like to take a drive out of the city for dinner.

Last week,  I toured The Garrison which is also a Hudson Valley destination wedding location and includes a four room Inn and an 18 hole golf course. Now, I know what everyone else is raving about!

The Valley Restaurant and The World End Bar are the two main dining areas of the signature critically-acclaimed fine dining restaurant.  The Valley Dining Room exudes a combination of country charm and modernism. Both have stunning views and outdoor dining is available on the patio. Dinner is served Thursday – Sunday starting at 5pm and Weekend Brunch is served on both, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Reservations are recommended.

This is the place where you can watch the sunset, sip cocktails and enjoy a delicious

Farm to Table Dinner or Weekend Brunch.

The World End Bar got it’s name because it has a view of the bend on the Hudson River.  In it’s pioneering days, if you didn’t know how to steer the boat around this curve you could crash.


 Vincent Mocarski is the Executive Chef who has been at the Garrison for 16 years. He makes everything in-house and that starts with the sauces and stocks.  The Garrison also has their own Pastry Chef, Kirstie Castellano who makes house baked breads, desserts and ice cream.

IMG_9644 A house favorite here is the Parsnip Soup. Which is a Duck Confit Brioche with Chives. It goes well with the mild taste of the Herb Focaccia.  Herbs and vegetables are farm fresh and from their own garden. They grow plenty of fresh herbs that are used in everything from cocktails to desserts, as well as vegetables like baby carrots, squash, tomatoes, zucchini and a wide variety of other vegetables.

The Hudson Valley Story Says:

The Garrison is a place to Sit + Sip + Savor All The Flavors Of A Well Defined Menu.

The Garrison Outdoor Dining Patio. Photo Courtesy of The Garrison

The Garrison Outdoor Dining Patio. Photo Courtesy of The Garrison

Couples like this restaurant for it’s spectacular view, atmosphere and everything tastes so fresh.  It’s a place to start off with a cocktail. The Garrison is known for their Extensive Wine List and After Dinner Drink Selections. They also make house made syrups and tinctures that include fresh ingredients for cocktails. Two house favorites are: The Garrison’s Manhattan which is made from local bourbon from Warwick Valley Distillery, blood orange made syrup and local sour cherry liqueur. Gin Martini’s are also made with local Warwick Valley Gin, Elderly Flower Liqueur, Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice and a Splash of Champagne.

IMG_9610 The Menu at the Garrison is very Farm To Table. It changes from week to week and offers in season different daily specials.  Fresh herbs and vegetables from their garden are included and prepared in a way only the The Garrison can.

Small Plate favorites here are Wild Cod Tacos with scallion and cilantro, Maine Lobster Sliders with Old Bay Fries or Salad, Maryland Crab Cakes and Raw Oysters.

The Tripple B is a popular selection available Thursday evening and during Brunch on the weekend. It consists of Beer or a Bloody Mary, Beausoleil Oysters and a Burger.

IMG_9659Dinner Entree favorites are Valley Wagyo Beef Burgers, Long Island Duck Breast and a Weekly Fish Special. The Long Island Duck Breast is a Hudson Valley Foie Gras  served with Duck Fat Potatoes and Grilled Ramps.

Dessert Is Truly A Treat

IMG_9677The Hudson Valley Story says:  The Strawberry Shortcake is A Must-Do! Mascarpone Moose, Chiffon Cake with Strawberries, House Made Basil Ice Cream and Yuzu + Pistachio Crumble. The flavors and lightness of this dessert and the house-made basil ice cream were incredible. I wanted to take a second order to go!

Other Unique crafted desserts include a Churro Ice Cream Sandwich with Mexican Hot Chocolate Dipping Sauce, and a Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Mousse, Whiskey Carmel, Cinnamon Sorbet and Carmel Popcorn. We hear the Elvis Cheesecake is on point and House-made Ice Creams and Sorbets are served.

IMG_9572Brunch offers a variety of dishes including Maine Lobster Omelette,  Nutella with Banana French Toast, Short Rib of Beef Hash, as well as small plate appetizers, Burgers and more.

Guests like the complexity of flavors that come through and that the menu items are unique. Everyone who dines at the Garrison loves the experience. Many of the locals dine here twice a week. They come in after a long day at work in the city and on the weekend. Couples from the city like to drive up for dinner and a lot of the restaurant’s clientele come from the surrounding area and northern Westchester.

IMG_9623 The Inn at The Garrison features four guest rooms. People like to come up for a getaway for a night or two and golf and stay at the Inn. During the winter, several writers have also stayed at the Garrison while working on their next book.

Weddings at The Garrison


The Garrison is a Go-To Destination

In season, from mid April through mid November the Garrison is booked with a wedding every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The view from the outdoor garden and under the Arbor is breathtaking. It is a favorite place that couples from the Hudson Valley as well as the metropolitan area unite.

The Countryside Retreat is just an hour north of Manhattan. It is a favorite for Personalized Service as well as the exceptional views and farm to table food. 

IMG_9557 The Hudson Room is the glass room where Wedding Guests Experience Cocktail Hour

The indoor spaces at the Garrison were designed by award-winning minimalist designer Tony Chi. Classic, neutral and magnified by ample light is the style that everybody loves! The River Room is the Glass enclosed room that has scenic views of the spectacular Hudson Highlands and overlooks the Hudson River.


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Feature Story Photos By Melissa Tyler

Emerson Resort & Spa Debuts NEW Look

Essence of the Catskills

The Emerson Resort & Spa

If you’ve never visited the Emerson Resort & Spa in the Catskills,  2016 is the year to go!  So, we did!  Yes,  The Hudson Valley Story just spent a couple of days experiencing the resort, spa and new restaurant, Woodnotes Grille, and we were impressed by the service, accommodations, spa and Catskill inspired cuisine. 


Photo Courtesy Emerson Resort & Spa

After a multi-million dollar renovation, the resort has a new look that is more reflective of the properties namesake, legendary poet  Ralph Waldo Emerson.  His famous essay “Nature” was the incentive for the development of the Catskill Forest Preserve surrounding the Emerson grounds. Emily Fisher, the owner of the resort worked close with designer Rosyln Cama. Together, they were inspired by the Essence of the Catskills. They brought the outside in with open spaces, large windows that expose stunning outdoor views and an earthy color palette of browns, blues, whites and greens. The resort also commissioned a variety of new NATURE based artwork that includes sculptures, art pieces and paintings by several notable artists.  

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The Great Room at the Emerson Resort & Spa

We toured the new looking contemporary resort, and stayed at the Adirondack-Style Lodge which overlooks the Esopus Creek. Tamara Murray, Marketing Director for the resort tells us that guests that come up from the metropolitan area are surprised at how big the rooms are. The Lodge is one of two accommodation styles.  Guests can stay at  the contemporary style Inn and the mountain inspired Lodge. Both types of accommodations have multiple room styles, including suites with 2 floors.

The Emerson Resort & Spa

Downstairs is a a big living space with a big fireplace, vaulted ceilings,  a full bath and includes a porch and grounds that lead to views of the creek. Upstairs is the loft with and a full bath that includes a Jacuzzi.

The Inn rooms were renovated and include  new furniture, light fixtures and carpeting. Renovations to the Lodge include converting the old Front Desk area to a seating area with couches, tables and the grand fireplace. It’s a great place for families and groups to gather.

Photo Courtesy Emerson Resort Spa & Resort

Photo Courtesy Emerson Resort Spa & Resort

The lobby of the Lodge is picture perfect and an additional space to soak up the atmosphere with friends or just read a book. The Emerson is a place for families, couples, wedding parties, escapes from the city or a great place to stay while visiting family and friends in the area. Some rooms are pet friendly. The grounds feature the Catamount Dog Park,  a place to picnic, play volleyball and bonfires on Friday + Saturday night during Summer.

If you live in the Hudson Valley or upstate this is also a great place to get away for a night and experience a Stay-cation in unique relaxed surroundings, get spa treatments and enjoy delicious  Catskill cuisine. 

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The Spa

Photo Courtesy of The Emerson Resort & Spa

Photo Courtesy of The Emerson Resort & Spa

The Spa renovations will be complete in June 2016.  In the meantime,  spa services are still being offered on-site. Traditional Massages + European Facials + Luxury Spa Pedicure’s are available by appointment. The HVStory suggests you make as many of these appointments as you can! The Emerson Resort provides an experience of relaxation  and well-being in a picturesque setting. The new Spa will debut a new menu of treatments that will combine their natural surroundings with the deep relaxation effects of stone therapy.  A fitness center, steam room and sauna are on premises and yoga classes are also offered.  This is a place to go rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.

Spa Treatments Are Part of the Emerson Experience!

Emerson Resort & Spa

Besides the views from indoors, the Emerson offers paths to walk and places to sit with views of the Esopus Creek and the peaks of Mount Tremper.

Woodnotes Grill 

Woodnotes Grill

Photo Courtesy of Emerson Resort & Spa

Catskill Creative Cooking

A highlight of the renovation is the launch of The Emerson’s new restaurant Woodnotes Grille.  The Woodnotes Grille features traditional American dishes. Catskill Creative Cooking is Food you know done the Emerson way, with fresh locally sourced foods, unforgettable flavors and ingredients with little innovative twists! Burgers, Steak, Seafood and Vegetarian fare are all available. The locals as well as tourists are surprised of the level of wine selection. You will find a lot of small batched made wines and spirits. Many guests from Brooklyn, Long Island and Connecticut love the redesigned restaurant and menu.

The Emerson Resort & Spa

 Dinner is served from 5pm to 10pm.

Cocktails are served Friday – Sunday starting at 3pm.

The Emerson Resort & Spa

Photo Courtesy of The Emerson Resort & Spa

Woodnotes Grille puts a spin on the classic cocktail by using high-end artisanal spirits, bitters, fresh squeezed juices and the finest ingredients.  Hand Crafted Cocktails are offered. Tell them your favorite spirits and flavors and they will create an original cocktail paired to your tastes.

Happier Hour is served Monday thru Thursday from 5-7 + Friday from 3-7  with $5 Appetizers.

Thursday Night is Oyster & Wine Night

Woodnotes Grille

After spa treatments, It was time for those hand crafted beverages and an appetizer. I chose a selection of air dried + cured meats appetizer that was delicious.  My spirit of choice that evening was Tequila.  Greg Gagne, General Manager of Woodnotes Grill made me a SMOKY Mezcal Molasses Gimlick.  This blended and complimented the meats, cranberry chutney and old fashioned mustard very well!

Catskill Creative Cooking, I like it!


Menus do change seasonally and a new Spring menu is about to be released for May.


Breakfast is served from 7am to noon. The Veggie Benedict was delicious!  Poached eggs served on sweet potato kale hash with avocado, salsa Verde + Pico  Degallo. The fresh squeezed grapefruit juice was particular sweet, fresh and flavorful.  Other Breakfast entree’s include: Smoked Salmon Omelette’s, Cinnamon Challah French Toast Stick served with Catskill Mountain Maple Syrup and Quinola Granola with seasonal fruit and a complete offering of juices are available.

The Emerson Resort & Spa

Breakfast  or Dinner the mood and views are very relaxing at Woodnotes Grille

Woodnotes Grille

 Before or After Breakfast or in the evening is also great time to walk around the grounds of The Emerson Resort & Spa along the Esopus Creek. Esopus Creek Country Stores + Worlds Largest Kaleidoscope 

The Emerson Resort & Spa

The Country Store is a must stop! It’s a place for coffee and light sandwiches and fresh baked cookies, as well as Catskill Mountain local products like Phoenicia Honey and Ariston Gourmet Olive Oils.. There are tastings on the weekends.  You will find something for everyone here in terms of shopping. The Toy Chest, the Emerson Men’s Shop, a  Home & Garden Shop and Melina’s Boutique.

The Emerson Resort & Spa

Ah, But one of the most unique things about the Emerson Resort & Spa and The Country Stores is that it is home

to the  World’s Largest Kaleidoscope   

Whether you are a collector or a tourist, you will want to see this! Standing 56 feet tall and 38 feet in diameter, the silo from the original farm (which was once an ice cream stop) built on the former Risley Flats was transformed into the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope.  The connected barn on the property was built in 1860 and is now home to the Emerson Country Stores.  Collectors + Tourists make this a destination stop, not only to view the show but to collect unique kaleidoscopes.

Emerson Resort & Spa

A 20th Anniversary celebration is planned for Saturday, July 9th to debut a new Kaleidoscope show. Viewings that day will be complimentary and many events are planned for the 1 day celebration. The Spa will also be completed with it’s renovation. This is a great kick off to Summer and just another reason to plan your visit to The Emerson Resort  & Spa.

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 A Conference Room is Available for Corporate Functions

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Photos By Melissa Tyler Except Where Noted

Supplied Courtesy of The Emerson Resort & Spa


Capturing Love With Caitlinn Mahar Daniels Photography

The Hudson Valley Story First Spring 2016 Wedding Feature


There is something wonderful about intentional moments when capturing couples and there is a whole different magic that happens when capturing the unintentional moments as well. Caitlinn Mahar-Daniels lives for both!

CaitlinnMahar-Daniels-0195A traditionally trained photographer obsessed with capturing LOVE between people. She thrives off the positive energy and atmosphere she has the privilege of capturing with her lens!

Caitlinn has been photographing weddings professionally since 2011 and strictly gets her clients through word of mouth. Other happy couples tell more happy couples about their dream wedding. It’s the love that is generated from the couples she photographs that emits an energy and excitement!


Engagement Photographs

CaitlinnMahar-Daniels-5244Caitlinn recommends if a couple is looking to use their engagement photographs for their “Save the Dates’ they should take that into consideration when booking their session. Engagement photographs can take place at any time while planning the wedding process. She has photographed multiple engagement sessions as much as two years before a couple walks down the isle as well as two weeks before the wedding. If a couple has time to plan, she suggests thinking about  a favorite season and involving nature becomes a very important part of the process.

Advice To A Bride From A Wedding Photographer


Something  that is really important is that the bride feels a connection with her photographer on an emotional as well as aesthetic level. In Caitlinn’s case many brides or grooms make an inquiry through her website. She responds by finding out basic information about the couple.



From there either a phone conversation or a meeting is scheduled. After a meeting and the couple official books the photographer a contract is signed and a deposit is made. That’s when the scheduling and engagement photos are planned. After that, Caitlinn  and the couple talk several times before the wedding day to go over a timeline and specific posed photographs. This is an important step in the process since candid’s are mainly taken during the wedding. So it is important to have conversations in advance about the directed and set up photographs.


The BIG Day is spent photographing the getting ready process and details, first look, family, bridal party, bride and groom portraits and the documentation of the wedding. The couples receive their images through an online gallery within two weeks of the wedding and a box of prints and various other materials within a month after their wedding day.


Caitlinn has photographed at numerous locations throughout the Hudson Valley + beyond. The list is too long to mention here. A few of the locations include Boscobel, The Garrison,  The Links, The Thayer Hotel, Central Park Boathouse, The New York Botanical Gardens and private homes and estates just to name a few.

CaitlinnMahar-Daniels-4544Adventure Weddings

Rustic, barn settings, open fields, destination adventure weddings have become very popular and Caitlinn enjoys working with couples that think outside of the box.


Two words of advice she gives is “avoid Pinterest and get your inspiration from within. Think deep within your souls and what comes from your heart and let that guide how your wedding should be”. She’s not saying to abandon tradition, but thinks it’s important for people to truly have the wedding they want to have and not the wedding the think they are supposed to have.

As an example, she and her husband were married at Blooming Hill Farm in the middle of July with 48 guests and every bit of decor came from her imagination and no where else.” Having your family and friends documented in authentic moments are what is truly important.”Other local locations she would like to shoot more at are Full Moon Resort, Ashokan Dreams, The Roadhouse, Shadow Lawn and a list of new B&B’s that have been popping up.


Dream Wedding

About 25 percent of the weddings she now photographs are destination weddings all over the country + beyond. South Africa holds a special place in her heart. She says she has a large social media following from this area and this could be in part to her husband Brian who will be coming on-board as her partner and photographer. Other destination dream locations she would like to shoot weddings at are Iceland, the Isle of Skye, New Zealand and many more. She is also interested in photographing destination elopements and documenting an elopement in Monument Valley would be the absolute dream!

A Re-branding

Caitlinn met her husband Brian in South Africa while photographing a wedding several years ago. He will now be joining forces and they are in the midst of re-branding her brand to her new last name “The Ramsdens” Brian’s mother and sister are both talented photographers in SA so although he is not classically trained in the art, it was a natural transition and he learned the ropes rather quickly.  She says “it was definitely in his blood”.


All Photos By Caitlinn Mahar- Daniels












Tuthill House at the Mill

More then 5 years ago I did a story on Tuthill House at the Mill for a local tourism publication and it was too long since I visited. This past Saturday, I enjoyed a delightful late lunch and cocktails while speaking with Lucia Civile; the Front House Manager and George Gorsky the General Manager.

Tuthill House 1 FWe knew that Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee founders of Tuthilltown Spirits had purchased the restaurant.  We have featured Tuthill Distillery on THEHVStory last year. But, this was the first chance we had to actually experience the restaurant for ourselves. Here’s a word of advice, if you have not been to the restaurant make sure you get here soon, because it will become a fast favorite! Locals and tourists flock here for some of the freshest and unique cocktails made from spirits right here at the distillery! Unique, fresh cocktails, local farm to table dishes and great service is what you’ll experience.

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Grist Mill History

This rustic, historic restaurant makes fantastic food and cocktails using local products and infuses their signature line of spirits  in the cocktails and dishes they serve. Tuthilltown Spirits produces the Hudson Whiskey, Gin, Vodka and bitters.

The Tuthilltown Gristmill has a history as the oldest continuously operated water powered gristmill and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original gristmill structure was constructed in 1788, by 18 year old Selah Tuthill. It was one of three gristmills that operated on the Shawangunk over the past 300 years. In the early 1980’s, the mill began grinding kosher matzoh flour which continued through 2003. The grist mill also produces it’s own Cacao Liqueur, Triple Sec and Cassis.

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We had heard  about the good food and fantastic cocktails served weekly to locals and tourists and couldn’t wait to find out for ourselves! The Tuthill House team filled us in. Lucia and George  are excited to announce that Jeremy Berlin a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in New York City will be the new Executive Chef. He is well seasoned chef that has worked in restaurants in New York City, Colorado and California. In addition, Tuthill House will launch a new menu this spring and will be working with many more local farms and companies as possible. The restaurant changes it’s menu seasonally.

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Our barman; Sean Davis recommended we try a Fresh Blackberry & Plum Gimlet. It included Half Moon Gin, fresh blackberries, plum bitters, fresh lime, simple syrup and egg white. It had a very unique berry taste that was very complimentary to the dishes I ordered. As I sipped my drink and watched Sean and my server Rachel make cocktails for other patrons, I knew I was in the presence of great mixologists. I’ve never had such fresh tasting cocktails and that’s because they are made fresh with the Tuthill Spirits brand. Patrick Pierpoint, the bar manager created  all the cocktails on the menu.

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Let’s Lunch

For lunch, I had the Roasted Mushroom Cakes and Roasted Apple Flat-bread. Both were incredibly delicious! The flavors were all so different but yet blended together so well with my cocktail!

Lunch is served from noon – 5pm on Saturday and Sundays and starting April 1st, they will be open every day except Wednesday. Other customer favorites include are classic and chorizo burgers, baked jalapeno bacon and mac n’ cheese.  Menu’s change seasonally, so we look forward to visiting again in Spring and Summer  when the outdoor deck will also be open.

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The evening really showcases the mood of this restaurant. The lighting, the music…their is a vibe to this restaurant that the customers enjoy. Even if it’s your first visit the friendly staff is known for making people feel welcomed and the ambiance is homey and comforting. Whether your sitting at the long copper bar or dining under beautiful crystal chandeliers with candles on the table. This restaurant exudes ambiance! Popular favorite dishes for dinner are Cauliflower Gratin for an appetizer, Braised Bison Short Ribs and Seared Salmon.

The restaurant will also be serving Sunday Brunch starting Easter Sunday. It is an al a cart menu with breakfast and lunch items, burgers, flat-breads and smoked items that feature an infusion with Tuthill brand liquors.

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Tasting Flights + Events + Weddings

Tasting Flights are available and they can be ordered different ways. You can choose a beer or wine flight or a Tuthill Spirits flight. This is where you can taste a selection of four different Tuthill spirits distilled from right here at the distillery.

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Customers and tourists both like the rustic historic decor, the post and beams, the old staircase and the decor and the history of what was the original grist mill. Tuthill is also known as a place to celebrate events and weddings. This year they will be bringing more events to the restaurant and the grounds that house the distillery. One popular event is the Sunflower Festival. Tuthill also accommodates banquets, weddings, luncheons, town and business meetings and more. You can  also inquiry to rent out the restaurant for an event. With over 30 acres to walk around no wonder this is a destination place in Gardiner!

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A variety of events are offered and more are coming this year including live music, arts, sip and paint events and more!

THEHVStory advises  you to experience this restaurant for the first time or all over again!

We might just be sitting at the bar next to you!

Photos By Melissa Tyler



Foster’s Coach House Tavern

New Menu Meet the Old Menu and Our Favorite HV Bartender Mary!

Chicken Parm Diinner and Champagne Cocktails at Fosters's in Rhinebeck

Chicken Parm Dinner and Champagne Cocktails at Foster’s Coach House Tavern in Rhinebeck

It’s always great to do something with one intention and get surprised when something wonderful happens! Case in point, about one and a half years ago I moved back to the Hudson Valley from spending a year out on Cape Cod. I was living just outside Rhinebeck and remembered Foster’s for their great food and cozy little bar. That’s the night I met Mary! Guess what? There is something about MARY! My bet is the patrons and the regulars of Foster’s know that too! At least that’s the impression we get.  She may like to be called “Scary Mary” but there’s nothing scary about her in our opinion she is the best bartender in the Hudson Valley.

Champagne Cocktails served by our favorite bartender Mary. Lamarca Pointsetta a splash of cranberry juice and fresh cranberries soaked in Grand Mernier.

Champagne Cocktails served by our favorite HV bartender Mary. Lamarca Pointsetta a splash of cranberry juice and fresh cranberries soaked in Grand Mernier.

The first thing she will ask you after saying hello or asking what you would like to drink is “what’s your name”? Now, where not going to assume she remembers every person’s name…but she has a good track record. Just ask the regulars! What else? She introduces you to other people at the bar. She is a quick thinker, courteous, funny and all you expect someone who works in the hospitality field should be at a busy Rhinebeck bar and restaurant.

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Ok, so fast forward… this past friday nite. Oh, buy the way, Mary works Friday and Saturday evenings. I decided, I have been hibernating way to long and going to take the 45 minute ride up to Rhinebeck from Fishkill. Here’s what I was talking about earlier. Turn’s out Foster’s Coach House Tavern is premiering their NEW – old menu.

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Seems that after their renovation, they came out with a different menu and the regulars didn’t like it much. So we were there for the premiere of all the favorites and back to the moderate prices that the regulars are used to paying. Yes,there are a few new menu twists…cause of course you have to update things sometimes…even just a little. But, for the most part…the old menu is the new menu at Foster’s Coach House Tavern again.  So what ever you enjoyed before for lunch or dinner; shrimp, french dip, steaks, chicken, it’s all still there!

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So there it is! We enjoyed champagne cocktails that Mary suggested, a delicious hot meal and great people to talk to  on both sides of the bar in this cozy bar restaurant. Oh, did I also mention it was owner Phoebe Kirwood’s Birthday too! That’s the serendipity part of the night out. We were on hand to enjoy talking to other patrons as well as other members of the staff that Phoebe and Mary introduced me to.

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Vincent Massa and Dustin Kittle are now the two head chefs that attended the CIA. Vincent has a background at restaurants in Florida and Dustin comes from another restaurant in the area. Dustin was quick to say how “Rhinebeck has a huge food culture and Foster’s is a cornerstone experience. It’s a night out for locals and families and known for a lot of good inexpensive comfort food.”

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That’s also a good feeling when you know you have the right staff.  We also want to give a shout out to Gidget another bartender here and her hospitality and Carrie who is always funny on both sides of the bar…in particular this night sitting three seats away.

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So, if you didn’t know they closed, reopened or changed their menu….give Foster’s another try! This family second generation restaurant is operated by the late Bob Kirwood’s daughter Phoebe Kirwood. The regulars and weekenders will always have fond memories of Bob bartending behind the bar. My guess is if you visit this cozy bar and restaurant you’ll be adding to those memories for generations to come.

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