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Blue Plate is owned by Chatham’s patron saint of small town culture, Judy Grunberg, and since 2014, the kitchen has been run by Dominic Giuliano, a CIA grad who opened the Choza Taqueria kiosks in the city before moving to the Hudson Valley. There’s a well-regarded wine list and signature cocktails that are complex and vibrant, including a pineapple chili margarita ($11), well restrained and balanced, and a bourbon ginger julep ($11), also easy on the syrup and refreshing. The small plates work well as appetizers or mains and often give Chef Giuliano an opportunity to highlight the quality of local produce. The spinach-potato pancakes ($8), full of bright flavor, were soft on the inside and well crisped on the outside. Similarly, the roasted “Rock City” mushrooms ($11) were given a welcome high-heat treatment, seared on the outside yet still firm inside. There are always mussels on the menu, in a classic broth or sometimes something more adventurous on the specials list, which is a good place to experience the Blue Plate’s slogan, “The American Bistro with International Implications.” Mussels, especially when done right, as they are here with the classic white wine garlic and parsley ($12), are one of those dishes that transcend seasons, reminiscent of summer beaches and warming on the coldest night. Other small plates include the grilled lamb sliders ($14) and the flatbread with four cheeses, pesto and spinach ($11). From a curried chickpea stew ($15) and vegetable pad thai ($17) to cavatelli pasta in a pork sausage ragout ($21) and the restaurant’s signature meatloaf ($15), the menu is wide ranging. Read the full review here.
1 Kinderhook St., Chatham, NY
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30 - 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 5:30 - 9 p.m.