We cover hundreds of miles of territory, so this is no easy job. But we’ll attempt to make suggestions in different corners of upstate New York.
The atmosphere: swanky/romantic. The food: delicious, rich. This restaurant opened about a decade ago on the main strip of Warren Street, and continues to have a loyal following.
Rhinebeck: The Rhinecliff
Not intimate, per se, but set upon the river, upscale, nice views, and the rumble of the train passing by.
Woodstock: Bear Café.
Sweet-looking, along the creek. Delicious food and a weekday prix-fixe.
Kingston: Boitson’s in Uptown.
Started by an ex-New Yorker whose old landlord left her money in his will to open a restaurant.
Or stay home. The Ridiculous Food Society found a nice heart-shaped steak in an upstate market.