Dining

Mercato: Still favoloso at five

Red Hook's Italian treasure remains a culinary triumph

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On a recent Friday evening, my husband, Christopher, and I arrived at Mercato Osteria & Enoteca in Red Hook. As we slipped into our seats at the long marble-topped bar, the couple beside us bantered with the chef, Francesco Buitoni, across the dining room. “We’re up here for the next five weeks,” the woman said, breaking into a broad smile, “and we’re going to be here for dinner every night!”

Two Boots Bard: it’s anything but crusty

New Cajun-Italian eatery gets an honorary degree for its dude food

Now, celebrating its 25th anniversary, Two Boots has expanded to 15 locations—eight are in New York City, others in Los Angeles, Baltimore and Nashville. A new locale, housed across from Bard in the former Cappuccino restaurant on Route 9G, opened this spring.

Luna 61: for eclectic vegetarians

Flavor favorite in Tivoli still fulfilling after 17 years

It’s been 17 years since the Maisels first welcomed patrons to Luna 61, their eclectic vegetarian restaurant, which originally opened on East Market Street in Red Hook before relocating to Tivoli seven years ago.

Flatiron: still sizzling

But steak is not the only star at this Red Hook bistro

In these parts, denizens hungry for red meat often head to Flatiron, a contemporary bistro-style steakhouse in Red Hook that has found a winning formula and a ready eater-ship.

Farm fare with fanfare at CrossRoads

An elegant gem worth the drive to Hillsdale

Kathryn and I had heard good things about CrossRoads, which opened in January as the first solo venture of chef David Wurth (previously chef at Local 111, in Philmont). So, on a recent Saturday night, we crossed county lines and headed northeast to Hillsdale, in Columbia County.

Liberty for all

From palette to palate, Rhinebeck’s new eatery is a showcase of fun

Housed in the Starr Institute, a historic 19th century building next to Upstate Films, Liberty’s red, white and blue décor and retro-inspired menu pay tribute to Americana, some of it kitschy—all of it fun.