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Whistling Willie’s American Grill

184 Main St., Cold Spring

The deal: $10.95 midweek specials

If you come into my bar — well, I hate to say it’s like Cheers, but everyone knows everyone,” says Bill Sohan, who opened Whistling Willie’s in 2007 in the spot that used to be Henry’s on the Hudson. Sohan brightened up the interior, tore out the sushi bar and added a “listening room,” where singer/songwriters perform on Thursdays. Henry’s ex-chef, Johnny Cortez, who’s also done stints at the Garrison and Silo Ridge in Amenia, mans the stove. “He’s an outstanding chef,” announces Sohan. “And he makes a mean soup — a different soup every day.”

Cortez’s menu covers all the grill basics and adds a few flourishes like ahi tuna and pan-roasted duck in Madeira sauce. A range of burgers — each 12 ounces, about 12 bucks at dinner, and “pure heaven” according to the menu — include veggie and turkey options.

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