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   Delicious breakfasts…great sandwiches & soups…the best coffee around (open weekdays 7am-3pm, Sat. 8am – 3pm; Sun. 8am-2pm. Closed Wed.)

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) 

*The Red Devon in Bangall, NY – The “greenest” farm to table restaurant in the Hudson Valley.  (Our bar menu review) and  (Our brunch review)

Another Fork in the Road – Milan, NY (Rural Intelligence Review)


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

Calico 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 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” these 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

*Aurelia in Millbrook, NY – (Our review of Aurelia)

Serevan – 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)

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.

Country Bistro – Salisbury, CT.  Phone: 860.435.9420.  Charming bistro in Salisbury.  Delicious soups, sandwiches and entrees with a French twist.

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

Chaiwalla – 1 Main Street, Salisbury, CT 860.435.9758‎  peaceful atmosphere, wonderful light fare, great art exhibits and of course great tea. A perfect Saturday or Sunday afternoon.(read more…)



  • 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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