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La Puerta Azul - Salt Point, New York
If you’re one of those people who disdain dining in strip malls, La Puerta Azul (less than a mile from the Taconic Parkway’s Route 44/Millbrook exit) will radically change your outlook. The colorful, professionally decorated interior with its locally-wrought iron chandeliers is so exuberant that you feel like you’re at a party even on a quiet weekday night. Of course, the generous, classic margarita ($8) made with fresh lime juice helps and so do the warm chips and piquante salsa that has the texture of tapenade. The dining room’s stylishness is matched by the kitchen’s: Ceviche ($10) is served in an oversized martini glass with a sauce of roasted tomatoes and citrus juices; a hearty appetizer of beef empanadas ($7) is presented on a square plate with squiggles of chipolte sauce as if it were nouvelle cuisine; the perfectly grilled organic chicken breast ($18) comes with a mellow mole sauce on the side and heavenly sweet corn rice that has been mounded to resemble a Mayan temple. The symbolism is apt because La Puerta Azul’s food is divine.
2510 Route 44; 845-677-2985
Lunch and dinner: Monday - Thursday: 12- 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 10:30 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Sunday brunch: 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.