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Artist’s Palate - Poughkeepsie, New York
If 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’re expanding next door to open a venture called Canvas, which will be a wine bar that can be rented out for parties.) The Artist’s Palate is an apt name because everthing about this restaurant feels like it was styled by a high-powered LA art director who was instructed to create a trendy, sophisitcated 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 smoked Huson Valley trout to roasted marrow bones, and entrees (which all come with a small side salad) include hanger steak served with truffle-dusted fries and fresh grilled fishes. 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
Lunch: Monday - Friday beginning at 11 a.m
Dinner: Monday - Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.