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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Country—and Carless—in Rhinebeck


2. Where to Eat

Tuck into local eggs and housemade corned-beef hash at the Rhinecliff's Sunday brunch.  

Listen to the Will Smith Trio play live during the Rhinecliff’s Sunday jazz brunch (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.). The Hudson Valley–focused menu here relies on ingredients sourced from local farms, from the eggs and housemade porchetta to the trotters. Arrive before noon to snag a table on the canopy-covered patio with views of the river.

Sample gussied-up French classics like frogs’ legs, escargot, and Coquille St. Jacques (sautéed scallops) at Le Petit Bistro, a cozy spot decked with white tablecloths and low-lit wooden lanterns. Chef Joseph Dalu shops at the Rhinebeck Farmers Market each week to create the daily-changing chalkboard menu. Make a reservation a week in advance.

Gorge on the Hibachi for two ($48)—a platter heaped with chicken, shrimp, filet mignon, and lobster (alongside soup, salad, and noodles) at Momiji (43 East Market Street; 845-876-5555), a six-month-old sushi and steak house with a cross-hatched bamboo divider and a bar with an iridescent green glass backsplash. Reserve one of the four Teppan-Hibachi tables to watch the chef prepare your meal in front of you.

Published on Sep 10, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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