New Restaurants and Hudson Valley Food and Dining News for December 2012

News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene for December 2012



Billy Joe’s Ribworks fans rejoice: Ribworks Outpost opens in Wappingers Falls

Photograph by Michael Polito

Coming soon to Hudson: NYC husband-and-wife team Zakary Pelaccio and Jori Jayne are preparing to open a restaurant called Tainted Lady in the coming months. The globally inspired menu will feature many locally sourced ingredients, some even grown in Jayne’s own garden. Wood-burning ovens feature prominently in both the kitchen and the building’s decor... Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Newburgh’s rib authority, has migrated up to Wappingers Falls. The new Ribworks Outpost opened this fall and presents the same juicy, spicy ribs as its big brother restaurant — as well as a multitude of other meat options... Katchkie Farm of Kinderhook and Captain Lawrence Brewing Company of Elmsford are teaming up to create a Valley-inspired farm-to-brewery ale. The limited edition “Katchkie Harvest Ale” blends the delicious flavors of roasted pumpkin and squash, and can be sipped at Eddie’s Roadhouse in Warwick, as well as a few other locales... Hungarian-born chef Tibor Kogler of Ellenville’s Tavern at the Gunks is taking over the kitchen at 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar in Peekskill. His innovative menu focuses on local, healthy ingredients... Peekskill has also welcomed the reopening of the NY Firehouse Grille. The popular hangout closed last year, but has since opened its doors again under the management of the Asadoorian and Fucci families, who have been running Westchester restaurants for 40 years. The revamped spot acquired a bunch of big-screen TVs for sports fanatics, and offers a 10 percent discount to firefighters, police officers, teachers, paramedics, and active military personnel.

poughkeepsie ice housePoughkeepsie Ice House

Waterside Wonder

Poughkeepsie is abuzz over its first waterfront eatery. Yes, there are other restaurants that overlook the Hudson, but the Poughkeepsie Ice House sits smack dab on the river walkway — just feet from the water’s edge. (Located in a former ice house, the fortuitous location of the 100-seat establishment leads to fabulous views but also allowed for serious flooding during Hurricane Sandy.) With menus prepared by CIA grads, the restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. The Seafood Mac and Cheese has emerged as a crowd favorite; at lunch, there are 13 wraps and panini to choose from, including one called the Poughkeepsian. Why this grilled chicken and two-cheese concoction represents the Queen City we don’t know, but we’ll be stopping in to find out. 1 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-232-5783; www.poughkeepsieicehouse.com

Rev Your Engines

When you think of the Orange County Choppers, the first thing that comes to mind is probably bulging, tattooed biceps and flashy bikes — but not food. Yet now motorcycles are teaming up with meals at the newly opened OCC Café. The snazzy, bike-inspired eatery (think Planet Hollywood meets motorcycle men) serves up an assortment of tough-guy dishes — like juicy steaks, big portions of ribs, and eight different varieties of burgers, as well as milk shakes and classic kids’ favorites. You can also choose from more than 30 beers and many fancy cocktails at the sprawling bar, which sports several big-screen TVs. And yes, on Monday nights, one of those TVs may well be tuned to American Chopper. Who knows? You may bump into one of the Teutuls there in person. 14 Crossroads Ct., Newburgh. 845-245-3043; www.occcafe.com

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