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Try the breakfast sandwich (fried farm egg, fontina cheese, choice of bacon, house sausage or vegetables, $8), house cured salmon, horseradish creme fraiche, cucumber,  radish, dill, scallion on multigrain, ($12), or Bartlett house burger (cheese melt, pickle, aioli, fries, $14).

2258 Route 66, Ghent. (518) 392-7787; Bartletthouse.com .

Ms. Fairfax

click to enlarge The patio at Ms. Fairfax in Newburgh - CHRISTINE ASHBURN
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  • The patio at Ms. Fairfax in Newburgh

Another outstanding addition to the memorable and insanely delicious dining scene developing down on Liberty Street, Ms. Fairfax is artsy-casual and makes use of fresh, local goodies to create a simple but eclectic menu of "fowl, smoked meats and fine cheeses," that nods to the cuisines of Italy, France, Morocco, England, Vietnam, and the US. Try the Backyard Turkey Sandwich: home-smoked turkey, herbed aioli, cranberry compote and arugula, sending your taste buds to a whole new level of Thanksgiving for just $13. Dine outdoors, or sip one of the 10 beers on tap over a game of chess; the backyard patio often hosts special events during Newburgh's Last Saturdays or just because.

105 Liberty Street, Newburgh, (845) 565-0169; Facebook.com/msfairfax.

Peace Nation Cafe, Pakt, Kovo, and Redwood

Last year at this time, we noted the culinary revitalization that was taking place in Woodstock. This year, the burg that bursting with new restaurants is Kingston. Adding to an already robust Uptown eating scene are two eateries, Kovo Rotisserie and Redwood. Maria Philippis, owner of the chic bistro Boitson's, has tapped into her Hellenic heritage with Kovo Rotisserie, a causal Greek-inspired joint. The menu is a build-your-own rotisserie pita sandwich or salad bowl ($11-$14.50) that straddles the line between health and hedonism. And don't forget to order a side of zucchini fritters with tzatziki ($7). Redwood takes over where the short-lived Frogmore Tavern left off. The rooftop deck is still an amazing place to spend an evening under the stars, and the new owners Kelly Jenkins Polston and Scott Polston bring their California roots to dishes like Murray's chicken breast, smoky honey lavender jus, duck fat purple potatoes, and sautéed summer greens served in a skillet ($24) and Sonoma salad of field greens, pistachio praline, roasted cherries, Manchego cheese, tossed in a Fumet Blanc vinaigrette ($12).

In what are hopeful signs of a Midtown culinary renaissance (already begun a few years ago by The Anchor,) Peace Nation Café and Pakt have opened near UPAC on Broadway. Pakt is a Southern-inspired breakfast and lunch spot that is definitely not for the health conscious. Biscuit and gravy (sage sausage patty with two scrambled eggs Floretine-style, $11), chicken fried steak and eggs ($10), and chicken n waffle ($10) are deliciously heavy. Down the block, Peace Nation Café is a homey (mostly) vegetarian cafe serving fresh pastries (try the guava rolls), and traditional Guatemalan dishes with a healthy twist, like Guatemalan "chuchitos"—mini corn tamales steamed with chicken and topped with queso seco.

Kovo Rotisserie: 43 North Front Street, Kingston. (845) 338-KOVO; kovorotisserie.com.

Pakt: 608 Broadway, Kingston. (845) 331-2400; Pakttogo.com.

Peace Nation Cafe: 636 Broadway, Kingston. (845) 514-2561; Facebook.com/peacenationcafe.

Redwood: 63 North Front Street, Kingston. (845) 259-5868; Redwooduptown.com

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