Listen to live folk music while you dine at DA/BA, a Scandinavian-American bistro that enlivens traditional dishes like elk or filet mignon with lavish garnishes and foams. A 14-year-old artist the owners found sketching outside the restaurant will draw your portrait on Thursdays.
The owners (a married chef and pastry chef) of Swoon Kitchen Bar source much of their menu from their garden and nearby Hudson farms. Sip a specialty cocktail featuring housemade ginger beer ($12) and take a half-pound of the lamb sausage or chorizo to go ($8).
Play a few rounds of pool and sample the locally distilled, private-label whiskey ($7 to $9) at American Glory BBQ, which opened this month. The spot specializes in rich, meaty comfort food straight from the smoker, like the “big dude slice” prime rib ($22).
Arrive at 10 a.m. to beat the line of people vying for warm cinnamon twists ($3.50) and loose-leaf tea (of which they have 124 varieties) at Verdigris Tea Café & Bakery. The brunch menu changes seasonally.