Food and drink news from around the region: Santa Fe Burger Bar, Zinnia’s Dinette, the Vinyl Room, the Hudson House, and Accord Market.
388 Main Street, Rosendale | Instagram.com/santafeburgerbar
With locations in Tivoli, Woodstock, and Uptown Kingston, Santa Fe is a Hudson Valley household name, beloved for their Tuesday taco nights and community watering hole vibe. But when the chain’s owners, Annie and Jimmy Demosthenes and David Weiss, decided to take over the iconic Red Brick Tavern in Rosendale for a fourth Santa Fe location, they opted to go in a different direction. Instead of the Mexican fare on offer at the other spots, the Rosendale outpost is an all-American burger joint. In the spiffed-up interior of the one-time coalyard (now donning a coat of pale gray paint), they serve half-pound Black Angus burgers on Heidelberg rolls, with wedge-cut fries, and milkshakes ranging from $14-$16. The apps run the gamut from calamari to caramelized Brussels sprouts and an ahi tuna poke bowl. The 16 gleaming, new taps focus mainly on New York State craft beers, though there is also kombucha and hard cider on draft.
Zinnia’s Dinette | Craryville
The Vinyl Room | Beacon
It took the State Liquor Authority, town and state zoning boards, the Vatican, and two very determined entrepreneurs, but after six long years, The Hudson House has finally opened in Esopus. With sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Vanderbilt Mansion beyond, the 27-acre historic monastery property is now a craft distillery, event venue, and future 25-room boutique hotel. Knowing they would want to lead with brown spirits out of the gate, Hudson House co-owners Charles Ferri and Paul Seres sat down with Brian McKenzie, founder of Finger Lakes Distilling, six years ago to design their first batch of whiskeys—a rye and a bourbon. Produced under the name Black Creek (a tribute to the nearby nature preserve), the spirits are small-batch, limited-edition, with numbered bottles that you can try and buy onsite.
The corridor of the Rondout Valley running between Marbletown and Wawarsing has long lacked a traditional grocery store, ironic for a region historically famed for its fertile soil and still dotted with farms. So the September opening of Accord Market on the small hamlet’s Main Street was understandably BIG NEWS for anyone within a 10-mile radius. With a focus on sustainability and local sourcing, this small grocery store stocks everything you need for your basic weekly shop, from bulk cleaning supplies to beer, coffee, and fresh produce. The pre-packaged center-store staples, bulk supplies, and dairy products come at a range of price points that aim to balance organic and sustainable practices with accessibility.