Eat out at Arielle in Rhinebeck and Stissing House in Pine Plains this month
Photograph by Jennifer May
The finest French and Mediterranean (think Moroccan, Greek, and Italian) flavors distinguish the fare at Arielle’s Market Street brasserie. Here, the customer truly is king: The restaurant even goes so far as to divide its wine list into the easy-to-decipher categories “pretty good,” “very good,” and “exceptional.” Entrées include duck confit, grilled branzino, roasted salmon, and seared diver scallops. Pictured at left is the seafood paella special, a delectable dish that features saffron rice, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops, and cod.
» Hungry for more? Read our Table Talk review of Arielle
Photograph by Michael Nelson
Some say that this Pine Plains landmark — which dates back to 1782 — houses the longest-operating restaurant in the country. Fully restored with all its 18th-century colonial charm, Stissing House offers a French-influenced menu that changes seasonally, and concentrates on the use of locally raised produce, meats, and dairy products. The pan-seared halibut (shown), which is bathed in a lobster saffron broth and surrounded by mussels, clams, and spring peas, is typical of the restaurant’s simple but carefully prepared cuisine.
» Hungry for more? Read our Table Talk review of Stissing House
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