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|Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout.||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.|
Red Dot - Hudson, New York
Anyone who’s curious as to the precise nature and significance of what is happening in upstate New York should check out the bar scene here. Doesn’t matter when: on a blizzard-y weeknight in February, you’ll find a confluence of young and old, straight and gay, rich and poor, town and gown, business and arts. Interestingly, all this barrier-blind conviviality hinges on the larger-than-life personality of the owner, Alana Hauptman, who treats everyone the same—as if each were, on the one hand, a celebrity and, on the other, sorely in need of a severe and profane dressing down. Fortunately, regulars would rather go hungry than leave the bar, so no matter how crowded the Dot appears to be, it’s generally easy to get a table in back. And in warm weather, there’s a garden that’s the soul of charm. Oh, and, by the way, they also serve food. Think: bistro and reasonable. While Chef Jonathan may not be out to re-invent the wheel—chicken pot pie ($14), steak with red wine shallot butter ($24)—it’s pretty #&!^%@! good.
321 Warren St., Hudson, NY
Dinner: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday 5 - 10; Sunday 5- 9
Brunch & Lunch: Saturday & Sunday 11 - 3