Their success as a pop-up food stand spurred the owners to open a brick-and-mortar location, where they now serve falafel on hot homemade pita, with Israeli sides, and salads like onion and sumac. The restaurant delights in straddling the line between upscale and approachable, with an elegant environment, menu specials like confit chicken wings, and the outdoor patio with a bocce ball court and a fire pit.(6380 Mill Street, Rhinebeck; 845-516-5033.) Lola's Café, a lunchtime staple of Poughkeepsie, has opened a new location in the heart of the village of New Paltz.
EATERIES Woodstock is leading the charge on the fork front with five new grub spots.Silvia offers a New American dining experience in the former Joyous Lake building, now chicly renovated with a large new pergola and deck for outdoor dining.Green velvet booths and marble tables create an elegant ambience to accompany the gourmet food, made with local ingredients from sustainable, GMO- and cruelty-free sources.It was over a perfect fall weekend that we were able to get to know each other while on a hike to Allen Falls with several other friends, and then a lunch date at The Lobster House.After our initial meeting we remained in contact with each other, and our friendship grew in spite of the almost 200 mile distance between Potsdam and Scotia.(105 Tinker Street, Woodstock; 845-684-5329) Up the road in Mount Tremper, The Pines harks back to earlier iterations of Catskills vacationing with its rustic lodgings, restaurant, and bar. Fresh, seasonal, and curated, the offerings change weekly with no more than seven dishes at a time; 845-688-7311) In Dutchess County, Rhinebeck has two new eateries.