In 1998, Kroner left the city and moved upstate. On a hope and a prayer he bought the Red Vest in West Hurley for less than the cost of his rent in New York City. Five years later, he moved across the river to Rhinebeck, where he has been building his following ever since.
Kroner recalls that when he first opened he, "wanted a menu filled with the food that I wanted to eat." While this central tenet hasn't changed, the food itself and the sourcing has evolved, epitomizing the region's arc toward local food. "Over time, a new concept of 'good food' arose," Kroner says. "The idea that good food is food that tastes good has always been extremely important to me, but what the ingredients are, and where they come from, are now of equally important consideration."
Terrapin helped kickstart the Hudson Valley farm-to-table movement. Located in an iconic church building on Rhinebeck's Montgomery Street, the restaurant uses local, organic ingredients to create dishes with French, Southwestern and Asian twists. Most recently, Kroner's culinary adventures have earned Terrapin "Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant of the Hudson Valley" and "Best Dutchess County Restaurant" in Hudson Valley Magazine's 2018 reader poll.
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Pssst! Here's a fun twist, if you wish Terrapin a "Happy Anniversary" anytime in September, you can get a major discount on a couple of dishes. Say the magic word, and get the calamari appetizer for $9 (regularly $15), the bistro pork chop for $14 (regularly $18) and the double-thick dining room pork chop for $21 (regularly $31).