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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.|
With its million-dollar view of the Hudson River and a just-completed total renovation, The Riverview Café in the rural northwestern-most corner of Columbia County is better than anyone had a right to expect. With a very affordable farm-to-table menu prepared by one of the Capital District’s best young chefs, the new restaurant is well worth the scenic drive just 15 minutes north of Hudson. The new menu and mission will attract foodies and casual diners from across the region with locally sourced, healthier versions of unintimidating American cuisine. Lunch never tops $11 — and even that is for a house-smoked, pulled-brisket sandwich. For dinner service the café becomes slightly more elegant, with an inventive and tightly crafted list of specials that changes weekly and with the season. The quality, local ingredients show: Even an item as classic as a two-egg breakfast ($6) is elevated by the “farm freshness” and attention to detail. Also try the biscuits and sausage gravy ($7) or sauteed kale and tomato confit with poached eggs ($8). For lunch, in addition to the brisket, there’s a sausage burger with bacon relish, local greens and spicy mustard ($9, or $10 with an egg on it); a superbly crafted massaged kale salad with fresh herbs, lemon, feta and pickled onions ($7); and a perfectly balanced roast chicken and hand-cut bacon sandwich with garlic aioli on Bonfiglio quinoa bread ($9). Craft beer and wine is served and the renovated bar is an elegant place to elbow up for a chat.
48 Riverview St., Stuyvesant, NY
Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.