Top 8 Restaurants You Can Try In Rheinbeck

Although the cities clustered along the Hudson River between Albany and New York City are small – at least when compared to the Big Apple – they offer a wide range of great dining experiences. Utilizing the highest quality ingredients produced by local farms, orchards and vineyards, chefs create delicious meals and bartenders create exquisite cocktails.

One of the best places to sample the flavors produced in the fertile river valley is the quaint Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck. From donuts at breakfast to a handcrafted cocktail on an Adirondack chair under the stars at night, these are my favorite restaurants to try in Rhinebeck, New York.

1. Rhinebeck Bagels & Café

When you visit Rhinebeck, you’ll be 100 miles north of New York’s baking hometown of Brooklyn. But you can still start your day with some of the best cakes in the Hudson Valley at Rhinebeck Bagels & Café.

I won’t judge you if you like to keep things simple in the morning and order a fennel bun with plain cream cheese. But if you want a brunch with a little sustenance, I recommend the Smokin’ BLAT which piles smoked salmon, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado on freshly baked bread.

Rhinebeck Bagel Restaurant & Café also serves delicious sandwiches for lunchtime guests, including the Pilgrim with turkey and cranberry sauce and The Chucky, a grilled cheese sandwich with chicken salad and mayonnaise.

  • Delicious sip: Fresh watermelon lemonade juice
  • Vegetarian choice: Spinner with egg white, swiss cheese, avocado, tomato and spinach
  • Seafood splurge: lobster roll

2. Bread Alone

Another great brunch and breakfast restaurant in Rhinebeck is Bread Alone. Using only organic grains, they bake a variety of breads, rolls and pastries daily. And at the bottom of the café menu, you’ll see the source of their local ingredients, such as the oldest family-run dairy in New York State and a family-owned fourth-generation poultry farm.

Prepare for a day in the Hudson Valley with a breakfast sandwich of eggs, breakfast ham, melted cheese and avocado on a homemade brioche roll. Or indulge in a slice of avocado toast topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, and chili flakes.

If you visit Bread Alone for lunch, you will discover a great selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Try the chicken club with bacon, roasted tomatoes, and watercress on homemade ciabatta, or the filling salad with red lettuce, kale, arugula, cucumber, cotija cheese, and spicy toasted pecans.

  • Vegetarian choice: Tempeh Breakfast Burrito
  • Pro tip: Find Bread Alone products at over 30 farmers markets across New York each week.

Le Petit Bistro is located on the corner of Mill Street and East Market Street in the heart of the Rhinebeck District.

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3. Le Petit Bistro

Le Petit Bistro is located on the corner of Mill Street and East Market Street in the heart of the Rhinebeck District. For those who love French cuisine, start dinner with French onion soup, escargot en croute, or pate maison served with pistachios, cornichons, and Dijon mustard. Or enjoy a plate of fresh, peeled oysters on a half-shell.

For a French bistro-style entree, I recommend either the steak fries or the mole frites which combine steak or a bowl of steamed mussels with crunchy french fries. For a taste of the Alps, order the pork schnitzel served with braised red cabbage and potatoes. And for a dish you likely won’t find anywhere else, try the duck burger topped with cheddar or Swiss cheese, pickled onions, and duck fat.

  • Seafood splurge: Roasted scallops with risotto and puree blanc
  • Indispensable cocktail: French kiss with vodka, pineapple juice and champagne
  • Pro tip: Le Petit Bistro also serves a great Sunday brunch from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
Burger and Fries at Bun's Burger

Meat lovers can choose a single or double slice covered with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles inside a grilled bun topped with Buns sauce.

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4. Burger bun

For a hearty burger, crunchy fries, and a creamy milkshake, you can’t beat Buns Burger, which serves up classic American dishes in the best possible way using grass-fed beef, hand-cut fries, and locally sourced ice cream.

Meat lovers can choose a single or double slice covered with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles inside a grilled bun topped with Buns sauce. What is kaiser sauce? It’s an insanely delicious and delicious mayonnaise whether it’s topping grass-fed beef or served as a dipping sauce for a bucket of French fries. In addition to the original bun sandwich, Buns Burger offers lamb steak, grilled chicken, crispy chicken and a vegetarian burger.

Pair your burger with a milkshake made with ice cream from Adirondack Creamery. As you might expect, Buns Burgers mixes a lot of chocolate and vanilla, but don’t overlook the special flavors that change daily either!

  • Vegetarian choice: Stack vegetables with portobello mushrooms, sweet potato, cucumber, swiss cheese, and avocado spread
  • Good to know: Buns Burgers also has two other Hudson Valley locations in Saugerties and Kingston.
  • Make sure you come home: kaiser sauce
Food dish in Bia

Although there are many English-style pubs in the Hudson River Valley, Bea (pronounced bee-ya) is one of the only restaurants serving Irish cuisine.

Image credit: Bea

5. Bia

Although there are many English-style pubs in the Hudson River Valley, Bea (pronounced bee-ya) is one of the only restaurants serving Irish cuisine. But while you’ll find triple-cooked tempura fish and chips with mint pea puree on the menu, this Gaelic gem in the heart of downtown Rhinebeck is far from your typical slicer.

Start with thick Irish brown bread, blackened brown bread and a ranch cheese board for the table. Then indulge in one of the many mouthwatering appetizers, such as Berkshire pork belly served with black pudding croquettes and a tart Granny Smith puree. For a larger dish, try the venison schnitzel with sour cherries and a relish of capers, lamb steak with bean rags, or the fresh seasonal fish of the day. And don’t be afraid to top off the dessert by adding Irish coffee with Irish single-grain whiskey and rich cream.

  • Tolerant Entree: My little Pennsylvania sirloin
  • Exciting aspects: Baby carrots glazed with whiskey and roasted potatoes in duck fat
  • Should sip: Irish coffee
Salad in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, take your belly up to the bar or grab a spot in the cozy dining room.

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6. Amsterdam

For upscale farm-to-table dishes in a renovated 18th-century Dutch colonial home, there’s The Amsterdam. Climb to the bar or grab a spot in the cozy dining room where you can watch the cooking team work their magic in the open kitchen. Or for a more relaxed evening, enjoy a plate of charcuterie and drinks under the twinkling lights in the outdoor seating.

Since the menu changes seasonally, it is difficult to recommend a particular dish. But whether you order beef, duck, pork or chicken, you can be sure that it is raised on pasture and without antibiotics or hormones.

  • Pro tip: Try The Amsterdam for a weekend brunch, with dishes like eggs Benedict, shakshuka, and croque monsieur.
Terrapin' Restaurant Platter

The Terrapin Dining Room is open for dinner seven nights a week and has a great selection of pasta, fish and meat entrees.

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7. Terrapin’ Restaurant

For over 20 years, Chef Josh Kroner has been creating delicious dishes under the steep gabled roof of a former church, using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Terrapin Restaurant offers two dining options: Red Bistro for casual dining and take out for lunch, dinner and late night cravings, and Terrapin Dining Room for a more romantic and elegant experience.

Red Bistro is known for its sandwich creation menu that allows diners to build their own masterpieces. First, select a base, such as a hamburger patty, veggie burger, shredded duck confit, or beer-fried cod. Then select your bread from options such as brioche rolls, baguettes, or sourdough sandwich slices. Top it off with a long list of toppings, sauces, and toppings, like smoked gouda, sauteed portobello, jalapeno slices, and citrus aioli.

If building your own gourmet sandwich is overwhelming, you can hit the easy button and order a specialty sandwich like Terrapin Reuben or a crunchy eggplant dip. Or make selections from the Terrapin’s menu for appetizers, appetizers, and lighter dishes.

The Terrapin Dining Room is open for dinner seven nights a week and has a great selection of pasta, fish and meat entrees. For a taste of Hudson Valley blended with Asian flavors, try the Hudson Valley Peking duck style, where fried duck breast is wrapped in fluffy crepes. Steak lovers will enjoy the blue cheese filet mignon with port demi glace and truffle mashed potatoes.

  • Must try quesadillas: Roast duck with mango salsa, avocado, figs, wild cheese and roasted shallots
  • Seafood splurge: Roasted scallops with Dutch green chile
  • Good to know: All animal products served at Terrapin’s are vegetarian, herbal or natural products that are grain-fed, and raised without hormones or antibiotics.
The pub at Beekman

This last restaurant has a history dating back to before the union of our nations.

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8. The Tavern at Beekman Arms

If the top beams and wood-paneled walls of The Tavern at Beekman Arms could speak, they’d have a lot to say. Because this last restaurant has a history that goes back before the union of our nations. In fact, the feud between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton was in this pub, which eventually led to the duel that killed the Washington Treasury Secretary.

The menu at this historic site is replete with classic “meat and potato veggies”, such as New York steak with stir-fries and jockeys, short roast with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and Berkshire pork chops with roasted sweet potatoes and spinach.

  • Unique bites: To accommodate the governor’s mandate for minimal food purchases with cocktails, check out the Tavern’s menu.
  • Good to know: Connected to the pub, the historic Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn is America’s oldest continuously operating inn and a great place to stay when visiting Rhinebeck.

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