Joan’s Favorite Restaurants — Just a click away

This is by no means a complete listing of great places to eat  in our area but they are restaurants our trusted Hammertown “Foodies” can vouch for.   If you have suggestions of your own please tell us about it.  We’ll check them out and add them to the list.

If the restaurants listed don’t have a website we’re providing a phone number.  Otherwise, just click the restaurant’s name for information about reservations, hours, location & phone number. An asterisk (*) means there’s a review of the restaurant right here on our website.


Pine Plains Area

Pine Plains Platter   Where community comes together. Delicious breakfasts…great sandwiches & soups…the best coffee around (open Mon.-Thurs: 7am-3pm; Friday: 7am-6pm (Kitchen Closes at 4pm) Happy Hour 4pm-6pm;  Saturday: 8am – 4pm; Sun. 8am-3pm. )

Stissing House in Pine Plains, NY.  Owners Michel & Patricia Jean (formerly of the Soho bistro “Provence”) have brought a touch of the South of France to the Hudson Valley.  Located in the beautifully renovated 18th century landmark inn  – it’s a local favorite for either romantic dining in  front of one the many fireplaces or a relaxed evening in the historic tavern.

*Lia’s Mountainview in Pine Plains (our review).  Authentic southern Italian cuisine rules at this family-owned restaurant.  A favorite of locals and weekenders alike.  (“The only restaurant in the area that I have loved consistently for 26 years. — Joan) 


Red Hook – Rhinebeck – Hudson River

*Mercato Osteria Red Hook, NY.  If you ask me…the best, most authentic Italian food you can find in the Hudson Valley (Our review)

Gigi’s Trattoria Rhinebeck, NY.  A Hammertown (and Bill Clinton!) favorite in Rhinebeck.

Terrapin in Rhinebeck, NY

Aroi Thai Restaurant –  Rhinebeck, NY

Arielle Bistro in Rhinebeck, NY

Cinnamon Indian Cuisine – Rhinebeck, NY. The best Indian food you’ll find in our area!

Le Petit Bistro – Rhinebeck, NY. Excellent and well-priced French bistro style food.

Calico Gourmet Foods & Dessertery in Rhinebeck, NY

*The Rhinecliff Hotel Restaurant – Rhinecliff, NY (Our review of the Rhinecliff)

Flat Iron – Red Hook, NY

Elephant Wine Bar in Kingston, NY.  Cozy, modern Spanish tapas bar (Best of Hudson Valley 2009).

American Bounty Restaurant at Culinary Institute – Hyde Park, NY

Millerton|Millbrook|Amenia Area

*Manna Dew Cafe & Wine Bar – Millerton, NY (Our review)

Oakhurst Diner in Millerton, NY.  The old Millerton Diner on the main drag has been transformed.  Combining “cool” with “comfort” the smart new owners are featuring old diner favorites with a new twist. Phone: (518) 592-1313 (Review from Rural Intelligence)

Irving Farm – Millerton, NY

Taro’s – Millerton, NY (great pizza!) Phone: (518) 789-6630

Cafe Les Baux  – Millbrook, NY. Fantastic, authentic French food. “Rooted in the warm flavors of the Brittaney Sea and Provence Land of France, Chef Herve Bochard’s dishes are infused with international flavors to create distinctive tastes.

Serevan – Amenia, NY

Monte’s Local Kitchen & Tap Room – Amenia, NY


The Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale, NY at Rt. 3 & 82 (518) 329-5431 – popular for breakfasts, take-out & catering

Blue Plate in Chatham, NY (Rural Intelligence Review)

The Greens, Copake Country Club, Copake NY (read our review)

Copake General Store – we LOVE this full service grocery and cafe in the heart of the Hamlet of Copake, NY. Fantastic!! Tuesday-Thursday 9am-6pm; Friday (take out dinner available) 9am-7pm; Saturday 9am–6pm; Sunday: 9am–3pm

Gaskin’s – Germantown, NY  – a Hammertown favorite featuring fabulous local seasonal food (read our review). Dinner served Thurs.-Monday: 5pm-10pm

Baba Louie’s Hudson, NY (R.I. Review)

Swiss Hütte – Hillsdale, NY (R.I. Review)

Local 111 –  Philmont, NY (R.I. Review)

Swoon Kitchenbar – Hudson, NY (R.I. Review)



The Old Mill in South Egremont, MA – (413) 528-1421 (Rural Intelligence Review)

John Andrews Restaurant Egremont, MA (Rural Intelligence Review)

Cafe Adam Gt. Barrington, MA (Rural Intelligence Review)

Aegean Breeze – Gt. Barrington, MA (Rural Intelligence Review)

Baba Louie’s – Gt. Barrington, MA (Rural Intelligence Review)

Route 7 GrillGt. Barrington, MA – Our Hammertown G.B. manager, Danielle, loves this place (great barbecue!).  On Route 7, South of Gt. Barrington.

Rouge Restaurant & Bistro – West Stockbridge, MA

Red Lion Inn Restaurant – Stockbridge, MA (Rural Intelligence Review-Courtyard)

*Bombay Bar & Grill – Lee, MA (Our review) (Rural Intelligence Review)

Dream Away Lodge – Becket, MA (fun, funky & fabulous)


Falls Village Inn Falls Village, CT  “all that it should be…an authentic gathering place for locals and visitors…warm and welcoming…with simple, fresh and local food and drink.(read our entire review)

Black Rabbit Bar & Grill – in Lakeville, CT is the latest restaurant to occupy this space (last tenants were Chives & Cafe Giulia) Unfussy casual menu.  Great burgers and a great bar.

The Woodland – Lakeville, CT.  Phone: 860.435.0578  One of the most consistently good (and crowded) restaurants in the area.

The Edward (wine, beer & small plates) in Sharon, CT – Lovely yet comfortable and laid back wine bar.  The small plates are delicious! Thurs: 5pm-10pm; Friday & Saturday: 5pm-11pm; Sunday: 4pm-8pm. Trivia 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month @ 7pm



  • Michele Haab says:

    Thanks to Bonnie for tipping me off to the restaurant section of your website! I’m gong to work my way down the list.

  • Ash Reifler says:

    La Puerta Azul is a wonderful Mexican Restaurant that cannot be overlooked! It is uniquely beautiful and full of great art and the food is absolutely divine and the margarita is the best in the Hudson Valley. Mexican cuisine with a sophisticated twist!

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