New Restaurant Review: Market Street in Rhinebeck

Market St. restaurant, located in the quaint village of Rhinebeck, NY, inhabits a rustic tavern building, painstakingly rehabilitated into a chic yet casual setting. The welcoming muted gray tones of the Belgian linen banquets and chairs, paired with delicate Edison filament lighting creates the perfect backdrop for Chef Giovanni Scappin’s contemporary Italian menu served by a professional yet casual staff. Flanked in white subway tile, the wood burning pizza oven acts as the center piece in the warm ambience of this busy restaurant.  — from Market Street’s website

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Market Street’s own description of their new restaurant (well, “new” to us — they opened in late August of 2012) perfectly sums up my response to the ambiance of this wonderful new addition to the restaurant scene in our area.  In fact, walking into Market Street you might think that Hammertown was involved in the design and decor!  The simple, clean, modern country look with a subdued gray palette sets the tone for an amazing menu of simple and fresh cuisine that respects the nature and bounty of the region.

You immediately just feel at home here and the energy and relaxed vibe is evident. Great service and a friendly atmosphere.  We were there on the early side for dinner on a Sunday evening and there was already a fun crowd at the bar.  The three of us (my friend Bonnie, Auntie M and I) all thought it would be a good place to come for a drink and a bite (from Market Street’s small plates menu) after work during the week as well.

So–for design and ambiance:
★★★★★ (five stars)

~ Now, on to the food (and drink) ~

We each decided we’d splurge and start with one of Market Street’s specialty cocktails.  With some helpful suggestions from our friendly and very able server, we chose:

We then asked for an order of Rosemary Fries for the table. They arrived crispy and hot with a tasty aioli.

Of course, we wanted to try everything we could at this point so we decided we’d each get different things so we could share.  Bonnie opted for the Price Fix menu (3 courses); Auntie M and I ordered from the regular dinner menu.

From the small plates we got this really delicious Broccoli Rabe-Sausage Bruschetta with Garlic, Olive Oil & Red Pepper Flakes. (above) From the Price Fix menu Bonnie chose the Roasted Shrimp, snow peas, carrots, baby greens salad with a sesame soy vinaigrette that tasted as good as it looked (also above) We also ordered two salads from the regular menu: an organic Quinoa, roasted shiitake, spinach & feta with a balsamic vinaigrette, which I had as an entree…it was superb! (see below) And, a very nice and very fresh mixed salad with radicchio, endive & arugula and a sherry-shallot vinaigrette.

~ Main Course ~

If you’re gluten free like me, you’ll be happy to know that Market Street offers gluten free as well as whole wheat pasta on request!

~ Dessert ~

We’re giving Market Street  ★★★★★ on food as well.

Like the decor and atmosphere there is nothing fussy or pretentious about this fare…it is simply good food!  Fresh, authentic, flavorful and satisfying.  Although we were totally stuffed, on the way home we were already talking about returning.  We’re thinking Brunch!!

Thank you Market Street…And a belated welcome to the neighborhood!

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