Here's another winner from Wesley Dier and Bryn Bahnatka-Dier, the husband-and-wife team behind such popular Rhinebeck eateries as The Shelter, 40 West, and The Local. They (sadly) closed The Local, but opened up this seafood-inspired restaurant right in the same spot. Dier, the restaurant’s CIA-trained chef, once again crafts a menu using fresh and, whenever possible, local ingredients. A recent visit started with roasted garlic bread, served with a generous helping of burrata and kale pesto ($8), popcorn rock shrimp ($16) with peanuts and a nicely balanced Thai sweet and sour sauce, and a salad special with Sky Farm baby arugula ($14). We were told they sell a “million” fish-n-chips ($22), which makes sense; they were light and flaky and fresh, as was the tuna poke taco in lettuce cups ($14) and a perfectly cooked trout meunière ($28). Thae“funked-out, heightened sense of preparation” the couple pride themselves on is also in evidence with their desserts, particularly the refreshing Key Lime muffins ($10) that come served with small squirt bottles of strawberry, passion fruit, and white chocolate sauces. Why? Who knows, and frankly, who cares?
38 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY
Dinner Tuesday – Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
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