Le Canard Enchainè
276 Fair St.
Kingston, NY 12401
Arguably one of the best places in the Valley to dine on real French classics like duck confit and cassoulet. And the authentic bistro atmosphere will make you feel like you're on the Left Bank. Lunch and dinner daily. Music on weekends.
Best of Hudson Valley Winners:
Best of Hudson Valley - Readers' Picks:
Best French Cuisine 2009
Best of Hudson Valley - Editors' Picks:
Best French Restaurant Business Lunch 2004
Authentic bistro fare — duck confit, steak frites, salade niçoise, and the like — prepared by a real French chef (Jean-Jacques Carquillat) brings francophiles and food-lovers thronging through these doors. (Jazz lovers arrive on Saturday night, when there’s live music in the piano bar.) For a real bargain — whether you’re entertaining a client or not — come for the three-course Special Lunch, just $12.95, or splurge for the four-course Executive Lunch, which is $7 more.
Best Cassoulet 2005
Chef Jean-Jacques Carquillat makes the duck confit and garlic sausage for this bistro classic himself, then adds pork, lamb, herbs, white beans, tomato paste, and duck stock (for extra richness), and cooks it all very, very slowly until the meats are meltingly tender and the flavors melded into one succulent, savory, stick-to-your-ribs feast.
Best Restaurant Expansion 2009
The “chained-up duck” referred to in the restaurant’s title is shackled to a single location no longer. The upscale French eatery Le Canard Enchainé, long a staple of the uptown Kingston restaurant scene, opened a brasserie in downtown Albany in September 2008. Happily, an ever-larger swath of the Valley can now enjoy chef Jean-Jacques Carquillat’s authentically French flights of flavor. Entrées run from $24 to $38.