Daughters Fare & Ale: Sausages, Sandwiches And Specialty Beers
By Jamie Larson
When seasoned, professional-grade craftsmanship combines with thoughtfully balanced artistry, you get the most beautiful things. At Daughters Fare and Ale in Red Hook, New York, they’re also delicious.
From sandwiches and salads to prepared foods and their house-cured meats, Daughters owners Ryan McLaughlin and Rachel McPherson are pulling from their impressive NYC culinary backgrounds to sculpt a menu that is a mouth-watering revelation even to those of us accustomed to eating (and writing about) the best quality food our region has to offer.
“What we can bring to Red Hook is superior quality food and beer that might be more difficult to get up here,” McLaughlin says.
But let’s first address the name of the place, since it tells us a lot about this couple. McLaughlin and McPherson have four young daughters: seven-year-old Mabel, two-year-old Aviva and seven-month-old twins Ruth and Grace. They moved to Red Hook and opened their first-ever business while McPherson was pregnant with the twins. Their intention was to slow down.
“Having twins in the midst of all this was pretty crazy,” McPherson admits, “but we had to do it now.”
The couple met while working in the kitchen at Blue Hill in the Village. They then went to (the now closed) Eighty One before first daughter Mabel came along. McLaughlin worked at The Vanderbilt before moving up to Hudson where he became chef at Swoon Kitchenbar.
“As any cook knows, there comes a point where you have to get off the line,” McLaughlin says, “and we wanted to do something together.”
You can taste the couple’s impressive resume in the food. In the kitchen of their unassuming but spacious South Broadway storefront, McLaughlin is really working some magic. He makes four types of sausage, including Marguez, Kielbasa, Toulouse, and Boundin Blanc, now used by a number of local restaurants. There’s Gravlox that looks like a massive red jewel, guanciale (cured pork cheek that tastes like the best pancetta you’ll ever have), meatballs, chicken liver mousse, bacon for a perfect BLT and so much more, all available by weight.
But it’s not just about meat. McLaughlin loves preparing vegetables, as well, and Daughters’ vegetarian offerings are equally mouth watering. And, of course, the meat and veggies are all sourced locally from Starling Yards, Kinderhook Farm, Sawkill Farm, Northwind Farms, Lovers Leap and Common Hands.
If you just want to hang out in the beautiful bright space, get a No. Six Depot coffee (out of West Stockbridge), but you’ll be tempted by the Speck sandwich featuring broccoli rabe, ricotta and red onion on an everything baguette. Or you can get that Merguez sausage on grilled flatbread with nappa slaw and raita, salmon tartine, or a beautiful chicken salad. The chef’s favorite sandwich is a BLT with Daughters bacon, tomato jam and greens. All of the bread comes from Our Daily Bread in Chatham and they offer gluten-free loaves. On Fridays, Daughters serves burgers and that’s not something you want to miss out on. Surprise, surprise—the burgers are crazy good.
If all this food wasn’t enough, Daughters also offers one of the best high-end craft beer selections you’re going to find in the region. The six-beer tap menu is killer and so are the offerings in the takeaway cooler. If you’re a beer aficionado, you may find the following information vitally important: Daughters is the only location where you can buy cans and bottles of Other Half Brewing beer outside of the Brooklyn brewery’s taproom. When Other Half releases a new limited-release batch, there are early morning lines around the block. The only way to avoid that line is to come to Daughters (it goes fast here, too). If that’s gone by the time you get there, you’ll probably find something else from Other Half on tap.
The pair is working very hard to balance extremely busy home and work lives all while putting out some truly next-level food.
“Daughters, food and beer, that’s basically our life,” McPherson says. “And we’d like to share it with everybody else. We want to be a part of this community.”
Daughters Fare and Ale
7466 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY
Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.