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The restaurant descriptions that follow reflect the opinions of the editors of Rural Intelligence.
They are editorial content, not paid advertisements, and are organized by county.

Rural Intelligence Food Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout. 

terrapin Terrapin, in Rhinebeck, offers astonishing variety and value in a glittering setting. Table Six, in Lenox, features a changing prix fixe meal in the refurbished Kemble Inn.

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Artist’s Palate - Poughkeepsie, New York

Rural Intelligence FoodIf the Artist’s Palate were the bellwether for Poughkeepsie, then you’d expect the downtown to be filling up with boutiques and galleries. But three-and-a-half years after it opened, the Artist’s Palate (photographed by Laura Krier) remains the only serious place to eat in the neighborhood. Chef/owners Charles and Megan Fells are obvioulsy people who have faith in Poughkeepsie’s potential because they have created the sort of urbane, contemporary restaurant that you would expect to find in Portland (Oregon or Maine) but remains an anomaly in this slowly gentrifying city. (And they’ve expanded next door to open Canvas, a wine bar that can be rented out for parties.) The Artist’s Palate is an apt name because everything about this restaurant feels like it was styled by a high-powered LA art director who was instructed to create a trendy, sophisticated and lively downtown restaurant with an open kitchen ready for a film crew. The ambitious ever-changing menu is enticingly eclectic: first courses range from roasted four onion soup ($7) to grilled Portuguese octopus ($14), and entrees (which all come with a small side salad) include slow-roasted Hudson Valley duck leg ($28) and a grilled aged NY strip with Shiitake mushroom demi and parmesan fries ($34), plus some intriguing vegetarian options. The restaurant looks band-box new because the walls are painted every two months when a new art exhibition is installed. During the week, bare wooden tables gives the Artist’s Palate a casual and boisterous bistro feel, but on weekends, it becomes a candlelit white tablecloth restaurant that is elegant enough for an important celebration. Around the corner from the historic Bardovon Theatre, it’s a superb place to dine after watching an HD broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera or strolling across the new Walkway Over the Hudson. —Dan Shaw

307 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY
(845) 843-8074
Lunch: Monday - Friday beginning at 11 a.m
Dinner: Monday - Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday

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