Food & Drink

Café Con Leche, Popular Puerto Rican Restaurant in Wappingers Falls, Prepares to Open Second Location in Rhinebeck


Café Con Leche, the wildly popular restaurant in Wappingers Falls known for its authentic Puerto Rican dishes, mouthwatering cocktails, flan tembleque, mango salsa salmon, specialty sandwiches, and a rich coffee, plans to open a second location in Rhinebeck in March. “The demand at our current location inspired the idea to expand into Rhinebeck,” Phil Cordero, the restaurant’s chef and co-owner […]

If It’s Not Fried In Grease, It’s Not County Fair Food: The Day That Wisdom Fell


It all started with salad.  A small wooden vending stand stood vacant at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, and Richard Wright, just 18, put forth an unlikely idea to the acting fair manager. Why not use the space to sell salads – chef salads, garden salads, Greek salads? “Salad is never going to sell at the fair,” the decades-old wisdom held. […]

Promising Burgers, Music, and Drink, The Fairway Tavern Plans August Grand Opening at Red Hook Golf Course


Red Hook has a new restaurant, but it’s probably not where you think it is.  The Fairway Tavern, an American-fare family restaurant and bar at the Red Hook Golf Course, is gearing up for its grand opening Aug. 3.  “We are trying to create a place for people to come and eat, drink, and maybe watch a little TV and […]

With Accessibility Top of Mind, Rhinebeck Officials Call Forum To Develop Outdoor Dining Plan With Residents


The movement to bring back outdoor sidewalk dining in Rhinebeck is gaining steam, as village officials moved last night to call a special public meeting May 23 to gather community input.  At the meeting, residents will be able to weigh in on a proposal to be crafted by village trustees in the next two weeks. The plan is expected to […]

With Spring in the Air, Rhinebeck Restaurants and Residents Push to Bring Back Sidewalk Dining


The streets are bustling, the facemasks are (mostly) off, but Covid created an experiment in Rhinebeck – sidewalk dining – that a group of village business owners and residents badly hopes to retain this spring and summer. On Tuesday evening, John Traver, the manager of Samuel’s Sweet Shop at 42 East Market St. presented to the Village Board of Trustees […]

Car Crashes Headfirst Into Back of Taste Budd’s Café Tuesday Morning; No One Is Injured


The screech of crushed metal and falling shelves rang out at Taste Budd’s Café on West Market Street in Red Hook Tuesday morning as a car crashed head-first into a garage at the back of the restaurant.  Just after 10 a.m., an elderly man driving a silver sedan attempted to turn around in the café’s driveway, which is reserved for […]


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