- Fried chicken at Zinnia's Dinette
Food and drink news from around the region: Santa Fe Burger Bar, Zinnia’s Dinette, the Vinyl Room, the Hudson House, and Accord Market.
Santa Fe Burger Bar | Rosendale
388 Main Street, Rosendale | Instagram.com/santafeburgerbar
With locations in Tivoli, Woodstock, and Uptown Kingston, Santa Fe is a Hudson Valley household name, beloved for their Tuesday taco nights and community watering hole vibe. But when the chain’s owners, Annie and Jimmy Demosthenes and David Weiss, decided to take over the iconic Red Brick Tavern in Rosendale for a fourth Santa Fe location, they opted to go in a different direction. Instead of the Mexican fare on offer at the other spots, the Rosendale outpost is an all-American burger joint. In the spiffed-up interior of the one-time coalyard (now donning a coat of pale gray paint), they serve half-pound Black Angus burgers on Heidelberg rolls, with wedge-cut fries, and milkshakes ranging from $14-$16. The apps run the gamut from calamari to caramelized Brussels sprouts and an ahi tuna poke bowl. The 16 gleaming, new taps focus mainly on New York State craft beers, though there is also kombucha and hard cider on draft.
Zinnia’s Dinette | Craryville
When Amy Lawton took over the former Dutch Treat location in Craryville to create Zinnia’s Dinette, she fashioned a retro/contemporary interior that perfectly suits the fish and chips, clams, oysters, chowders, fried chicken, squid, and ice cream she’s dishing up. The huge menu reflects the owner’s wish to “give people a big hug with the food,” and despite Craryville being kind of in the middle of nowhere, the food has folks flocking to Zinnia’s from far and near. Part fish shack, part diner, Zinnia’s has a laid-back, come-one-come-all vibe. Taking advantage of the location’s big, beautiful backyard, Lawton has set up picnic tables, benches, and planters of the restaurant’s namesake flowers. As the weather gets cooler, some menu items will drop off as soups, chowders, and bisques take center stage.
The Vinyl Room | Beacon
Vinyl Room owner John Kihlmire has been collecting records since he was 17. Several years ago, he happened upon a cafe in Colorado that had records, books, and vintage pinball machines. He fell in love with the intimate, retro feel of the spot but wished it was a place he could also order a beer. He ran with the idea, and in September 2017, Kilhmire opened The Vinyl Room in Wappingers Falls. Over the past three years the record store-meets-bar, with its impressive selection of turntables, cassettes, CDs, and more than 8,000 records, has gained a faithful following of bar flies, vinyl junkies, and locals. At the end of July, Kilhmire moved shop to Beacon’s trendy Main Street, where an intimate, renovated bar offers an elegant backdrop for record browsing, live bands and DJs, cocktails, wine, and craft beer.
The Hudson House | West Park
It took the State Liquor Authority, town and state zoning boards, the Vatican, and two very determined entrepreneurs, but after six long years, The Hudson House has finally opened in Esopus. With sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Vanderbilt Mansion beyond, the 27-acre historic monastery property is now a craft distillery, event venue, and future 25-room boutique hotel. Knowing they would want to lead with brown spirits out of the gate, Hudson House co-owners Charles Ferri and Paul Seres sat down with Brian McKenzie, founder of Finger Lakes Distilling, six years ago to design their first batch of whiskeys—a rye and a bourbon. Produced under the name Black Creek (a tribute to the nearby nature preserve), the spirits are small-batch, limited-edition, with numbered bottles that you can try and buy onsite.
Accord Market | Accord
The corridor of the Rondout Valley running between Marbletown and Wawarsing has long lacked a traditional grocery store, ironic for a region historically famed for its fertile soil and still dotted with farms. So the September opening of Accord Market on the small hamlet’s Main Street was understandably BIG NEWS for anyone within a 10-mile radius. With a focus on sustainability and local sourcing, this small grocery store stocks everything you need for your basic weekly shop, from bulk cleaning supplies to beer, coffee, and fresh produce. The pre-packaged center-store staples, bulk supplies, and dairy products come at a range of price points that aim to balance organic and sustainable practices with accessibility.